Rabies and Animal Control Program

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Our Location: 1221 Fulton Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 11867, Fresno CA 93775-1867
Phone: (559) 600-3357 Fax: (559) 455-4646 
Email: EnvironmentalHealth@fresnocountyca.gov

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
(Closed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)

 new-icon Animal Bite Reports May Now Be Completed And Submitted Electronically!

Our new electronic process for reporting animal bites has gone paperless. Complete the Animal Bite Report here. When you click submit, the form will automatically be submitted for processing. If you need assistance completing this form contact our office at (559) 600-3357.

Upcoming Event

Recommendations are to update the ordinance in which limiting the number of roosters on property, requiring spay and neuter when redeeming unlicensed animals, and modifying requirements for kennel operations.

Exhibit A - Ordinance Summary

Animal Control Ordinance Red-Line

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Public Health Communication at (559) 259-1798. 

Rabies and Animal Control Program Information

The Rabies and Animal Control Program of the Environmental Health Division is located on the third floor of the Public Health Department in the Mercer Building on Fulton Street in downtown Fresno.

The Environmental Health Staff is responsible for dog licensing and responds and investigates multiple litter, animal bite reports, and animal waste complaints.

Public Health Notice


Rules for Dog Owners in Fresno County

This flyer summarizes the requirements for dog licensing: Rules for Dog Owners


On this page you will find information on these items:

Forms and Applications

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Dog License Information

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  • The Dog License Decision Tree has been created to help determine what is required for dogs.
  • Dog License and Rabies Shot (Vaccination)
    • Every dog over 4 months old must have a license.
    • Every dog over 4 months old must have a rabies shot.
    • A rabies shot is required before you can apply for the dog license.
    • For a list of low cost rabies vaccination clinics in Fresno County, see the Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics section below. Dog licenses will be available at some of these rabies clinics.
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  • How to get a License for your Dog:
    • Your dog must first get a rabies shot. This shot protects against rabies disease.
    • Rabies shots can only be given by a veterinarian or at a pet hospital / clinic.
    • Keep a copy of the shot certificate that is given to you.
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  • Dog license application forms can be found at many locations.
    • Call 559-600-7387 (600-PETS) for a list of locations
    • $4 each year if your dog has a spay or neuter certificate from your veterinarian.
    • $39 each year for dogs NOT spayed or neutered.
    • 50 cents for replacement dog tags.
    • Avoid a $10 late fee - get your dog's license on time each year.

Dog Breeding and Ownership Changes

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  • Dog Breeding and Puppies
    • A female dog is allowed to have only one litter of puppies per year.
    • Puppies must be at least 2 months old before they can be sold or given away.
    • Dog license number must appear in all "for sale" or "give-away" ads.
    • If puppies are between 2-4 months old and do not yet have a license, the mother's license number can be used in the advertisement.
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  • When Owners exchange a dog
    • The Department of Public Health - Environmental Health Division must be notified every time a dog is sold or purchased, given away or adopted. Call 559-600-7387 (600-PETS) or use the forms and applications above.

Other Provisions of the New Law

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  • No dogs or cats given away as prizes.
  • No dogs or cats given away as an inducement to enter any establishment.
  • No dogs or cats given away in any public place not owned by him or at any swap meet.
  • No transferring any dogs or cats to minors without a parent or legal guardian's written permission

Fresno County Leash Law

All dogs must be on a leash in Fresno County - or under the immediate control of a responsible person - if they are off the owner's property. To report a loose dog, call:

Fresno Humane Animal Services
760 W. Nielsen Ave
Fresno, CA 93706
559-600-7387 (600-PETS)

Spay/Neuter Clinics

Call Fresno Humane Animal Services at (559)600-7387 or Environmental Health at (559)600-3357 for Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic Information.



Click to Download Spay & Neuter Flyer

Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics

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The Environmental Health Division collaborates with local veterinarians every summer to schedule low cost rabies vaccination clinics. The clinics are scheduled for locations throughout the county for access by the public, and dog licenses are available at selected clinics.

  • Vaccination Fee: $10.00 each
  • Fresno County Dog License Fee: $39.00 each (not spayed/neutered)
  • Fresno County Dog License Fee: $4.00 each (spayed/neutered)
  • 50 cents for replacement dog tags.

Upcoming Clinics:

No Cost Rabies Vaccine Clinic
Saturday, December 21st
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fresno Humane Animal Services
760 W. Nielsen Ave.
Fresno, CA 93706

English Flyer/Spanish Flyer

The Fresno County Public Health Laboratory assists in animal bite investigations by testing submitted animals for rabies.

How to Find Your Lost Pet

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Medical Treatment to Prevent Rabies Following Animal Bites

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Following an animal bite, the victim should seek care from their medical provider immediately.

You and your health care provider must report the animal bite to the Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Division, Animal Rabies Control Program by calling 559-600-3357 or by using our new electronic process for reporting. The health care provider will determine whether or not treatment to prevent rabies is needed.

The Department of Public Health will also provide additional information to help the health care provider make an informed decision regarding treatment to prevent rabies. Please call 559-600-3332 - Communicable Disease or (559) 600-3413 - Chest Clinic.

Other Rabies Information

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California Department of Health Services
Division of Communicable Disease Control
Veterinary Public Health Section
P.O. Box 997377, MS 7308
Sacramento CA 95899-7308
(916) 552-9740 / FAX (916) 552-9725

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

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