Tips for Pet Owners

What can you do to help?

By following these simple pet practices, you will be creating a healthy environment in and around your home for your family. As an added bonus, you’ll create a safe and healthy neighborhood and keep our waterways clean.

  • When walking your dog, always carry a pooper scooper or plastic bag to pick up your pet’s waste (LAMC Sec. 53.49) and properly dispose of pet waste by flushing it down the toilet or placing it in the trash.  Abandoned pet waste is a neighborhood nuisance that can carry dangerous diseases into local creeks, rivers, lakes and the ocean.
  • Spay or neuter your pets. Spaying and neutering your pet extends their life and prevents companion animal overpopulation, which often leads to the euthanasia of unwanted pets.

Pick up after your dog every time to prevent stormwater pollution in Los Angeles.

  • Vaccinate your pets to protect them from disease and license your dogs to protect them from getting lost. What’s the Scoop? Pick up after your dog every single time!

  • Adopt a pet from a City of Los Angeles Animal Services shelter. The City operates six shelters that house a variety of animals, from purebreds to mixed breeds, all waiting for loving arms and good homes.

  • Consider using less toxic shampoos and flea control products for your pets. If you do use toxic products, please dispose of unwanted quantities properly by taking them to a City-sponsored SAFE Center.

Information about spay/neuter services, vaccination clinics, dog licenses and pet adoptions can be found at the City of Los Angeles, Department of Animal Services.

You may also want to download the What’s the Scoop Pet Brochure for print ready information.