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County of Madera


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Animal Services

Whenever anyone is involved in an animal bite incident, the animal must be quarantined for a specific amount of time to ascertain whether or not the animal is infected with rabies. The following are the established requirements for quarantine:

Dogs and Cats

All dogs and cats which have been involved in a bite incident must be quarantined away from all other animals and people for a period of ten (10) days after the bite occurs. The quarantined animal can have contact only with the person directly involved with its daily care. It may not be vaccinated for rabies within the ten (10) day quarantine period. To quarantine the animal at home, the facilities must be approved by an Animal Services officer by a personal visit to the location. The charge for quarantine approval at home is $45.00.

If adequate quarantine procedures cannot be followed at the owner's premises, the animal will be quarantined at the County Animal Shelter for the required time. The cost involved is $8.50 per day plus $45.00 for the quarantine.

Animal Services officers can recheck the animal at any time without notice during the quarantine period to ensure that the requirements listed above are strictly followed. Any violation of quarantine will result in the animal being impounded at the County Animal Shelter for the remaining time of quarantine at the owner's expense.

At the end of the required ten (10) days, an Animal Services officer will revisit the animal. The charge for this revisit to clear the animal from quarantine is $20.00. If all seems normal, the animal will be released from quarantine.


All of the quarantine requirements listed above apply when livestock is involved. The only difference is that the length of the quarantine period is fourteen (14) days.

All bite incidents should be reported as soon as possible to the Madera County Animal Services Department at (559) 675-7891. Please make sure to gather as much information involving the case as possible, especially the animal owner's name, address, phone number, and a description of the animal involved.

For additional information, please call Madera County Animal Services at (559) 675-7891.

For Animal Services emergencies after hours, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 559-675-7769.

Licensing Requirements

All Madera County dog owners must purchase a license for each dog over 4 months of age. A current rabies certificate, valid for the entire license period, is needed before you can get a license. If you are a new resident to Madera County or you obtain a new dog, you have 30 days to purchase a license, after which a $20.00 late fee is charged in addition to the license fee itself.

Licenses can be purchased year round for one or two years. The rabies vaccination must be valid for the entire duration of the licensing. In order to license your dog, you will need to present us with a current rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed veterinarian.

The certificate must show the date of vaccination, its expiration date, the type of vaccine used, the lot number and the veterinarian's name, license number, and signature.

Click here for the printable license form (PDF). Mail or bring the completed application, a current rabies certificatespay or neuter certificate and the amount indicated on the fee schedule (please do not mail cash) to:

Madera County Animal Services
14269 Road 28
Madera, CA 93638


1 year license
Altered (with proof)
Senior Citizen (65 and over) Altered $4.00
Replacement Tag
Late Penalty
All licenses must be renewed within sixty (60) days of their expiration date or a $20.00 late fee is charged in addition to the license itself.

Please make sure your dog wears his license tag at all times. This number is on record at the Animal Services Department and is your dog's ticket home should he/she become lost.

If you are thinking about getting a Chihuahua, Dachshund or other toy breed, please consider beginning your search at the shelter. Our cages are always overflowing with little dogs desperate for a chance to live.

If you are looking for Cats or Kittens, we have a never ending supply. So if you want one, come on down. You can adopt the pick of the litter, literally!

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Contact Animal Services

14269 Road 28
Madera, CA 93638
Fax: (559)675-7617
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Stray/Quarantine Building: 
Mon – Fri: 8am-4pm

New Adoption Center:
Mon – Fri: 12pm-4pm

Saturday: 10am-2pm

Vaccination Clinic

Vaccination Clinic

Madera Fairgrounds.

Every First Saturday of Each Month from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Rabies vaccines at $10 and all other vaccines at a reduced rate. Dogs and cats only. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a crate or carrier.

Spay/Neuter Voucher Application

Additional Contacts

Central Valley Coalition for Animals
PO Box 628
Clovis, CA 93612
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The California Animal Control Directors Association
915 L Street Suite #C130
Sacramento, CA 95814

California Veterinary Medical Association
1400 River Park Drive Suite #100
Sacramento, CA 95815
Fax: (916)646-9156

San Francisco SPCA
2500 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tony LaRusso Animal Rescue Foundation
PO Box 30215
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

General County Contact

General County Contact
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
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Use this number to get general information about the County or County departments.  

For non-emergency information or service, dial 311