Pet Licensing and Animal Control

How to Get A Dog License MAIL IN OR IN PERSON

The following PDF includes the City of San Jacinto and the City of Hemet animal license fees and application. Click on the city you live in.


San Jacinto license

Hemet license

The Ramona Humane Society provides animal control services to prevent injury to the pets and residents of the community. Also, animal control services prevent the inhumane treatment of animals through education, animal rescue, and animal cruelty investigations.  Animal Control is a program that effectively treats the symptoms while seeking to eliminate the causes by compassionately using the tools of education and enforcement.


RHS Animal Control
438 S. State St
San Jacinto, CA

Office Hours 8:00 AM -5:00 PM, Monday - Friday
(951) 487-6565

Closed 12:00-1:00 PM for lunch



Ramona Humane Society
690 Humane Way
San Jacinto, CA 92582

Phone: (951) 654-8002


Residents who reside within the unincorporated areas of County of Riverside will need to contact the Riverside County Department of Animal Control Services.

Excessive Barking: A Common Behavior Problem


Facts about Spaying and Neutering:

  • 50 percent of litters aren't planned.
  • Puppies and kittens as young as two months old or weighing at least two pounds can be spayed or neutered.
  • Spay/neuter reduces breeding-related health risks such as reproductive cancer (Pyometra).
  • Spay/neuter ends females’ heat cycles (no more unwanted male suitors).
  • Spay/neuter reduces roaming and pets’ chances of being hit by cars.
  • Neutering resolves most territorial urine marking
  • May reduce mounting/ humping behaviors.
  • Spaying and neutering do not hurt, as veterinarians use anesthesia during the procedures and provide pain medications afterward.
  • Licensing fees are at least half the price of that of an unaltered pet.
Ramona Humane Society
Ramona Humane Society


If your canine is not altered, then you will be required to pay a higher licensing fee until you have this procedure done. Riverside County has a pet overpopulation problem in which thousands of unwanted pets enter our animal shelters each year. To address the community health issues, a higher dog licensing fee was developed for intact dogs to encourage spay/neuter.

  • Intact dogs bite more than spayed or neutered dogs.
  • Unaltered dogs are 3 times more likely to bite than altered dogs
  • Unaltered dogs can wander and can be a problem for public health.
  • Unaltered dogs breed, which will contribute directly to the issue of pet overpopulation.
  • Dog license fees pay for the cost of offering animal control and animal sheltering services in your community.

Benefits of Licensing for Dog Owners

  • Licensing helps to identify your dog when they get lost or is proof of ownership if stolen.
  • If a dog has a license tag, we will attempt to reach a licensed dog owner by mail and telephone.
  • A license means that dogs are vaccinated against rabies, a fatal disease.
  • Owners of licensed dogs get a reminder to re-vaccinate their pet before the rabies vaccine expiration date.
  • Licensing offers funding to support our spay/neuter program.
  • Fees from dog licenses, helps pay for veterinary care for sick or injured impounded animals
  • If an unvaccinated dog has come in connect with a positive rabies animal, it may be quarantined or may be destroyed by order of the Health Officer.