San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

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Field Services

Animal complaints for Oceanside and Vista are handled by the Field Services Officers of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, Oceanside Campus.

We respond to calls that involve:

  • Loose animals
  • Injured animals
  • Captured domestic animals in the jurisdictions of Oceanside/Vista
  • Neglected animals
  • Animal bites

To file a complaint, call our Field Services Department, or visit our Oceanside Campus to fill out an incident report.

Residents outside these cities, please contact County Animal Control: 760.438.2312.

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) that is funded by private donations. The City of Oceanside contracts with the San Diego Humane Society provide the following activities that are required by state law.

Animal Sheltering

  • Housing and care of stray animals.
  • Housing and care for animal surrender quarantine.
  • Providing lost and found opportunities to the public.
  • Housing and care for police and animal cruelty holds.

Field Services

  • Patrolling for and impounding stray dogs.
  • Addressing dangerous and vicious dog situations and removing them from the community.
  • Monitor animal bites & enforce quarantine laws including observe and release of animals on quarantine and transporting to the county for veterinarian testing.
  • Picking up injured domestic animals.
  • Investigation and enforcement of animal cruelty laws. After hour emergency situations and impounding of animals.
  • Manage dog license program.
  • Pick up of deceased animals on city roads.

Provided by San Diego Humane Society for Oceanside and Vista (not paid for under city contract)

  • Pet adoptions
  • Animal care and enrichment after stray hold
  • Services to assist individuals i.e., spay/neuter, food bank, referrals, microchip and vaccinations
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Dog Park


If you are in need of wildlife removal, please contact Project Wildlife: 619.225.9453.


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