PAWS & the City of Coronado
On November 1, 2018, PAWS of Coronado and the City of Coronado celebrated the fourth anniversary of their partnership dedicated to the care of Coronado’s animals. Prior to November 1, 2014, the Coronado Police Department (CPD) provided all animal services. However, an historic move to allow the public and private sectors to each pursue what they are trained to do, and each do best, was implemented. On the invitation of the City, PAWS assumed Coronado’s animal welfare responsibilities through the operation of the Coronado Animal Care Facility (CACF), located at 1395 First Street. Meanwhile, the CPD continues to provide for public safety through its in-field enforcement of our community’s animal regulations.
The animal services provided by the CPD include stray and nuisance animal pick-up, assistance for sick and injured stray animals, control of biting, vicious or threatening animals, follow up on barking dog complaints, enforcement of animal cruelty laws, confiscation of fighting animals and animals left in hot cars, and lost/found assistance. For these services, one should call the Coronado Police Department at 619-522-7350 at any time of the day or night, 24/7.
Each year over 500 animals are processed by the Coronado police and PAWS.
Animals picked up in the field by the police are transported to the Coronado Animal Care Facility where a full time paid staff receives them, tries to locate their owners and provides for their safe shelter and care. The CACF also provides lost/found assistance, licensing, a yearly rabies vaccination clinic and microchipping.
The CACF (tel. 619-522-7371) is open to the public seven days a week, 9:00am-4:00pm (closed for staff lunch: 11:30am-12:30pm). In case of emergency during the staff lunch, please call Sharon Sherman (619-435-2282) or Karen Dwinell (619-972-0330). The CACF is closed all major holidays.
When animals are voluntarily relinquished or found stray and not claimed, a dedicated group of PAWS of Coronado volunteers, who may be reached at 619-435-8247, is responsible for finding them forever homes.
Each year over 500 animals are processed by the Coronado police and PAWS. That’s a lot of dogs and cats. Each side of the City/PAWS partnership has its own specific responsibilities, but both sides of the partnership are equally dedicated to making sure these responsibilities are fulfilled. Sometimes it does “take a village.” And our Village has gotten this one right. The partnership of the City of Coronado and PAWS is clearly what is best for our animals and for our community.
Relinquishing Your Cat or Dog
If you can no longer care for your cat or dog, you can relinquish (give up ownership) your pet to the Coronado Animal Care Facility (CACF).
Please note following important information:
- Animals may be relinquished to the CACF by Coronado residents only. A valid, government issued, identification card such as a driver’s license or military ID is required, plus proof of Coronado residency. If the identification card does not reflect a current Coronado address, other proof of residency, such as a lease or deed on a home, current utility bill, bank statement, veterinarian bill, etc. will be accepted.
- *Exception to residence rule: Pets who were adopted from the CACF or PAWS of Coronado. (All other San Diego County residents should relinquish pets to their local shelter.)
- Please call the CACF (619-522-7371) to arrange an appointment for the relinquishment of your pet. You will be asked a series of preliminary questions and be provided a Relinquishment Questionnaire to complete and bring to your appointment. With this advance notice of your intent to relinquish, and information given about your pet, you are ensured the process will go as smoothly as possible for everyone involved, most importantly your dog or cat.
- If possible, any immunization/medical records for the animal should be provided at the time of relinquishment.
- In the best interest of the cat/dog, you will not be able to visit this animal once relinquished.
- Relinquishment fee: $20/animal (cash or personal check)
Licensing Your Cat or Dog
Find detailed information about licensing including fees from the City of Coronado’s website.
Contact Information1395 First Street, Coronado, CA, 92118 (south end of the Ferry Landing complex)
Open daily, 9am – 4pm (closed for staff lunch: 11:30am-12:30pm). In case of emergency during the staff lunch, please call Karen Dwinell (619-972-0330). Closed all major holidays.