Forms & Permits: Pets & Wildlife
COVID-19 & PETS
Pet owners in San Mateo County should be aware there have been reports of pets (cats and dogs) that have become ill with COVID-19. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect that you are infected because you have symptoms, isolate yourself from others including your pets. If your pets become ill and have respiratory signs, contact your veterinarian for advice. There has been no evidence that pets can transmit the COVID-19 virus. At this time, COVID-19 seems to be solely a disease that people pass on to their pets.
For more information see the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/pets.html
Learn what to do about pests in your home and dead or injured wildlife on your property and how to protect your furry family from getting sick or lost.
To file a complaint about pests (including rodents and cockroaches) in these places:
- Rental properties (apartment buildings with 4 units or more)
- Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts
- Mobile home parks (within unincorporated San Mateo County)
- Organized camps
- Employee housing
- Detention facilities
Call (650) 599-1112 or use the Online Complaint Form.
Rabies exists throughout San Mateo County and is a fatal disease
for animals and for people if you don’t get medical attention
right away. There is no cure for rabies once your pets are
exposed but it can be prevented by making sure your pets are all
The best way to protect your furry family and your community is to get your cats and dogs vaccinated for rabies. And at the same time, be sure to get your pets licensed to help them return home if they get lost.
The best protection for your pets is licensing and vaccinating against rabies. Licensing your pets is
the quickest way to be reunited if they get lost or injured. The
County maintains a tracking system of licensed animals in case of
a bite or rabies exposure.
Licensing also increases the likelihood of finding an aggressive animal or an animal that has been exposed to rabies, and that helps to reduce the number of people who must receive the post-exposure rabies vaccine after a bite.
The 20 cities and towns in San Mateo County contract with the County to operate a countywide animal control program.
San Mateo County Animal Control & Licensing
225 37th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
Program Manager: (650) 573-3726
The County contracts with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS), a private non-profit organization, to enforce all animal control laws, shelter homeless animals, and provide a variety of other services.
One of the important benefits of altering your pet is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. By limiting the animal population, we decrease euthanasia, which is the most common cause of death of healthy dogs and cats in the United States.
Veterinary studies have shown that there are definite health benefits to altering your pet. Females are far less likely to develop cancer if they have been spayed. Male animals also benefit from neutering by lowering the risk of prostate infections, abscesses and cancerous tumors.