Welcome to the Animal Control Division of the Grass Valley Police Department. We are proud to provide service to the residents, who reside within the city limits of Grass Valley and Nevada City. If you have three or four numbers in your Grass Valley or Nevada City home address, then you are within the service area of Grass Valley Animal Control. Grass Valley Animal Control operates from the animal shelter, located at 556B Freeman Lane. We always have wonderful pets that are waiting for permanent homes. Our adoption rate is phenomenal, being over 90%. We look forward to seeing you when you are ready to add a new friend to your life.

Grass Valley/Nevada City Animal Shelter
556B Freeman Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 477-4630

(Our mailing address is 125 Main Street, Grass Valley, California 95945)


Mission Statement

The goals of the Animal Control Division are to provide quality services to the citizens of Grass Valley and Nevada City by providing protection for themselves and their property from the dangers and nuisances caused by stray animals, to protect pets from the cruelty they may face from irresponsible citizens, and to educate the public in the responsibilities of pet ownership, animal control, care and welfare.


About Animal Control

The Animal Control Division provides the cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City with the following services: pickup of stray, injured or dead animals; quarantine of biting animals, and investigation of animal bites, animals at large, and animal disturbance complaints. We also operate the Grass Valley/Nevada City Animal Shelter, handling animal adoptions, selling dog licenses for Grass Valley city residents, and answering questions from callers and visitors.


Hours and Fees

The Grass Valley/Nevada City Animal Shelter hours are:

WEEKDAYS 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Note: The animal shelter may be closed at any time for an animal emergency, when an officer will not be available at the shelter.

Field services are available Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Emergency services for injured stray animals after hours are available by contacting the Grass Valley Police Department at (530) 477-4600.


Policies & Procedures

When an animal is impounded and the owner is known, the animal will be held for a minimum of five (5) days. Owners will be contacted by telephone or mail during the period so they may claim their animal. Unclaimed animals will either be offered for adoption.