Forms & Permits: Pets & Wildlife
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
ADOPT A SHELTER PET
In celebration of national Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet day, join us in celebrating the compassion, care, and lifesaving work done by shelters and animal control agencies throughout California. Your support makes this possible.
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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.
Pests & Wildlife
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.
Animal Bites and Rabies
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.
Vaccination is affordable and well worth it. Check out our list of local low-cost vaccination clinics.
Protect your pet, yourself, and your community
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
1600 W. Hillsdale Blvd. #203
San Mateo, CA 94402
Program Manager: (650) 573-3726
PO Box 5127
Redwood City, CA 94063
Spay/Neuter Voucher Program
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.
Lost & Found Pets
Have you lost or found a pet?
Each year, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA reunites thousands of stray pets with their human companions.
If you have lost an animal, please go to the Animal Control shelter located at 12 Airport Blvd. in San Mateo or call 650-340-7022 x339 for help.