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Our Animal Control officer investigates a wide variety of problems related to both domestic and wild animals and enforces ordinances such as leash laws and dog license requirements. Please see the following sections for information on dealing with wildlife and tips on resolving neighborhood animal noise complaints in the City of La Mesa.

Missing Pets

If you are missing your pet, you should report it to Animal Control so that we can enter it into our lost and found directory. All stray animals picked up in La Mesa are taken to the El Cajon Shelter, so you should also check there for your pet.

Service Confusions

The City of La Mesa does not maintain its own animal shelter. We contract with the City of El Cajon to provide shelter services. If you wish to adopt an animal, please contact the El Cajon Animal Shelter by phone at 619.441.1580 or in person at:
1275 N. Marshall Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020

Unincorporated Areas

La Mesa Animal Control only services the incorporated City of La Mesa. Unincorporated areas of La Mesa such as Mount Helix and also the Spring Valley area are serviced by the County of San Diego Animal Services. They can be reached at 619.278.9760.

Lemon Grove

Lemon Grove is under the jurisdiction of Chula Vista Animal Control and they can be reached at 619.691.5123.

La Mesa City Hall    8130 Allison Ave.    La Mesa, CA 91942    Ph: 619.463.6611