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677-Veterinary Medical Board, 661-Guide Dogs for the blind, 735-Other State Agencies

ANIMALS go back

Consumers should consult (Health and Safety Code §§ 122045 through 122220 (Lockyer-Polanco Pet Breeder Warranty) and (Lockyer-Polanco-Farr Pet Protection Acts) for an explanation of warranty with purchase of animals.

Department of Agriculture-Western Region

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

2150 Centre Avenue

Building B, Mailstop 3W11

Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117

(970) 494-7478

Fax: (970) 494-7461

Breeders (Wholesale)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) licenses breeders and inspects kennels. Breeders are not required to use DCA's pet disclosure form but are required to provide the same disclosures to pet stores purchasing their animals.

Groomers, Kennels, Pet Shops

Consumers may contact the local Better Business Bureau for a record of complaints. Resolution may require civil action.

Dog Trainer

No state license required. Training is usually apprenticeship with an experienced dog trainer. City or county business license is required. Maintaining a kennel requires a city or county license and a use permit (business must be compatible with neighborhood).

Exotic Animal Dealers

Anyone importing, buying, selling or trading animals foreign to the United States (wild or domesticated) must be licensed by the USDA.

Wild Animal Dealers

(Fish and Game Code §§ 2116 to 2126, 2150 to 2156, and 2185 to 2192) (Health and Safety Code §§ 121775 through 121870)

Department of Fish and Game (DFG) publishes a list of animals that may not be imported or transported into the state. Release of wild animals is regulated by DFG. In addition, the Department of Public Health Services also regulates the importing of wild animals.

Primates/Monkeys See "Wild Animals Dealers"above.

Department of Public Health

General Information: (916) 558-1784

Guide Dogs The Bureau for Guide Dogs for the Blind is no longer in existence. If schools want to send in their paperwork still, CIC's Correspondence Unit will accept it and file the paperwork to keep on record.

Service Dogs Regarding Tag Requirements Only Department of Food and Agriculture

(916) 654-0462

(916) 653-2215 Fax

Veterinarians/Veterinary Technicians (Business and Professions Code §§ 4825 through 4844)

The Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) provides protection for consumers and animals through proper licensing of veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians, and enforcement of the California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.

DCA - Veterinary Medical Board

2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2250

Sacramento, CA 95815

(916) 263-2610

(916) 263-2621 Fax

Animal Drugs

Food and Drug Administration, Center of Veterinary Medicine

Department of Public Health

Food and Drug Branch

1500 Capitol Avenue MS7602

P.O. Box 997435

Sacramento, CA 95899-7435

(916) 650-6500 (800) 495-3232 Consumer Complaints

Feed and Fertilizer (Food and Agriculture Code §§ 15051 and 15071)

Department of Food and Agriculture

1220 N Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 654-0466 Recorded info

(916) 654-0462 Public Affairs

(916) 657-4240 Fax

(800) 735-2929 TTY/TDD


Endangered Species

For wildlife protection charities listing contact:

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

3033 Wilson Blvd, Suite 600 Headquarters

Arlington, VA 22201

(703) 276-0100

(703) 525-8277 Fax

(916)443-6843 Local

(916)443-0376 Local Fax

Ferrets/Other Wildlife/Exotic Pets

Department of Fish and Wildlife

1416 9th Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 445-0380

Inter/Intra State Movement of Animals

Department of Food and Agriculture/Animal Health

1220 N Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 654-0466 Recorded info

(916) 654-0462

(916) 653-2215 Fax

Export/Import International

Rabies shots must be current

U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

120-Day Quarantine Upon Arrival (Hawaii)

Hawaiian Animal Quarantine Station

99-951 Halewe Valley Street

Aiea, HI 96701

(808) 483-7151

(808) 483-7161 Fax

Industries (State Vet)

Department of Food and Agriculture

Division of Animal Industry

1220 N Street, Room A-107

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 654-0466 General Info

(916) 654-0462 Public Affairs Fax

(916) 658-4240 Fax

UC Davis - Veterinary Genetics Laboratory

One Shields Avenue

Davis, CA 95616

(530) 752-2211

(530) 752-3556 Fax

Animal Identification - Microchip

In 1987, microchip implantation was a new technology for identifying ownership of animals. Legal counsel determined that VMB would have jurisdiction over the process only if it was a "surgical operation". Based on the fact that a 12-gauge needle was required for implanting microchips, VMB concluded that the procedure was surgical and could be performed only by licensed veterinarians.

DCA - Veterinary Medical Board

Pet Insurance

To obtain health and accident insurance for dogs and cats, make a complaint about, or want to operate a pet insurance business, contact the California Department of Insurance at (800) 927-4357 or contact a local veterinarian for referrals.

Department Publications: Pet Dealer Disclosure Form (dogs and/or cats)

See Also: Animals (Control/Care)

Community Hazards and Nuisance Complaint Center