Animal Control & Shelter Services

Operated by Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV).

Southwest Communities Animal Shelter

The Southwest Community Financing Authority is a joint-powers authority of Riverside County and the Cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Temecula and Wildomar. Funding for the 32,000 square feet shelter was $11.4 million. City Animal Control and Sheltering services are provided through a contract with Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV).

Animal Licensing & Vaccinations

It is a state law and city ordinance that all dogs 4 months of age and older be vaccinated against rabies and licensed in the city in which the animal lives (within 30 days). The city also requires all cats over the age of 4 months be vaccinated against rabies and licensed. Licensing can be done in person at the shelter, online or via mail.

Animal Friends of the Valleys Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Why spend more when you don't have to? Visit the Animal Friends of the Valleys' low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter clinic. The Clinic is now open Monday through Friday. Low-cost vaccinations and $20 microchipping are available Monday through Friday from 10 am to 1 pm (no appointment necessary). For an appointment for other services including Spay/Neuter Services, call 951-674-SPAY (951-674-7729).

Address: 29001 Bastron Avenue, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Animal Adoptions

AFV maintains an online database with photos of animals available for adoption. When choosing your next pet, choose to save a life. View adoptable pets and adoption fees.

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Contact Information


33751 Mission Trail, Wildomar, CA 92595



After-Hours Emergency:


Animal Shelter Website

Shelter Hours

Monday through Friday:     

10 AM to 4 PM    


10 AM to 7 PM          


10 AM to 5 PM

Open third Sunday of the month, noon to 4 pm.

Lost & Found Pets

View lost/found animals at the shelter online or contact the shelter to see if your animal has been found.

Note: Effective animal control is a partnership between the community and the AFV. For more information on animal control services, please visit the Animal Friends of the Valleys Website.