The goal of the Department is to provide for the humane care of found and injured or abused animals, the protection of the citizenry from stray and/or aggressive animals and the education of proper and responsible pet ownership.
The mission of the Animal Control Department is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of the people and the animals within the City of Hesperia.
Keeping Pets Safe in the Hot Summer Months
The summer months can be uncomfortable - even dangerous - for pets and people. It's difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but things really get tough in areas that are hit with the double blow of intense heat and storm-caused power outages, sometimes with tragic results.
We can help you keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Follow our tips for helping everyone in your family stay healthy and comfortable when the heat is on (and even if the power isn't).
These tips will help to keep pets out of harm's way:
- Limit exercise on hot days (limit to early morning or evening hours only);
- Keep pets away from asphalt, which heats up in the summer sun;
- Provide ample shade and water at all times;
- Watch for signs of heatstroke, which include heaving, panting, glazed eyes, dizziness, and vomiting. Very young and elderly pets are particularly susceptible to heatstroke;
- Never leave a pet in a parked car, not even momentarily;
- Watch the humidity. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels;
- Cool your pet inside and out. Whip up a batch of quick an easy DIY peanut butter popsicles for dogs (or another favorite food). Provide your pets with a cooling body wrap, best or mat by soaking these products in cool water. You can also purchase a mobile, indoor pool for pets to keep them cool while having fun!
The fully staffed shelter provides care for animals who are impounded because they have become separated from their owners but will be quickly reunited. The shelter also cares for animals that need to be adopted into a new family and those that must be humanely euthanized.
The need for this agency is due mostly to irresponsible pet ownership and pet over-population. While the benefits of pet ownership are many, pets that are not properly cared for can become not only a nuisance, but also a threat to the health and safety of neighbors.
Food, Shelter & Love Program
The animals at the Hesperia Animal Shelter are fed Science Diet Pet food, which is generously provided by the Hill's Food, Shelter & Love program.
Hill's Pet Nutrition has a mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Learn more about Science Diet® and Prescription Diet® pet foods at HillsPet.com.