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Animal Shelter Fees

Adoption Fees

Dogs and cats adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter are provided with a medical exam, flea treatment, vaccinations and a microchip. Dogs, cats and rabbits must be spayed or neutered before going home with their new family.


Adoption Criteria

The adopter must be at least 18 years old.

Everyone who lives in the household needs to meet the animal prior to adoption.

If you are interested in adopting a dog and you currently have a dog at home, we require a dog introduction to take place on the Shelter’s premises. Our experienced dog staff will assist with the introduction.



Dog Adoption Fees

  • $104 – Unaltered dog adoptions, includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, and adoption fee
  • $69– Dog adoptions that were previously spayed/neutered prior to arriving to the Shelter – includes vaccinations, microchip & adoption fee

Cat Adoption Fees

  • $78 – Unaltered cat adoptions, includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, and adoption fee
  • $43 – Cat adoptions that were previously spayed/neutered prior to arriving to the Shelter – includes vaccinations, microchip & adoption fee

Rabbit Adoption Fees

  • $30 – Unaltered rabbit adoptions, includes spay/neuter surgery adoption fee
  • $15 – Rabbits adoptions that were previously spayed/neutered prior to arriving to the Shelter – includes adoption fee

Other Animals

  • Fees vary by animal.  Contact our staff for details.


License Fees

Licensing is required for all dogs and cats in the City of Burbank. The Burbank Animal Shelter licenses dogs, cats and horses for City of Burbank residents only. 

Why license your pet?

If your dog is ever missing, a license tag provides a quick and accurate way of notifying you if someone else finds your pet. It also provides proof that your dog has been vaccinated against rabies, as required by law.

Your dog will be assigned a permanent license tag number. Once your dog has been assigned a license with a distinctive tag number, the number and the information about your dog is permanently filed in our records.

Burbank Municipal Code §§5-1-507 and 5-1-510 requires that all dogs be vaccinated against rabies and licensed:

  • Within thirty (30) days after reaching the age of four (4) months, or
  • Within thirty (30) days of acquiring the dog, or
  • Within thirty (30) days after entering the jurisdiction of these ordinances.

Important info:

  • Failure to obtain a license as listed above, or to renew the license by the expiration date will result in a LATE FEE.
  • Rabies vaccination must be effective through the entire licensing period. 
  • License tags shall be firmly attached to the dog's collar and worn at all times.
  • License fees are NOT REFUNDABLE.

Licensing Fees

Dogs (4 Months or Older)

  • Unaltered - $100 Annually
  • Spayed or neutered - $20 Annually
  • Late Fee - 100% of license fee due per year
  • Tag Replacement - $3


  • All cats - $5 Annually


  • All horses - $15 Annually                                                     

How to Apply for a License


You will need following information in order to license your pet online:

New Registration:

  • Dogs: valid current Rabies Certificate & proof of sterilization.
  • Cats must be microchipped in order to be licensed. The Burbank Animal Shelter offers microchipping services for $10 per chip. You can bring your cat in during Shelter hours to have a microchip implanted and pay the license fee of $5.00 during the same visit.   

Renewal Registration:

  • Current License # found on your Renewal Notice (L14-123456)
  • Person ID found on the Renewal Notice (P123456)
  • Valid current Rabies Certificate (only applicable if your renewal notice indicates that your pet needs a new vaccination).
  • Please call the Animal Shelter if you need your pets License #, Person ID or would like to confirm the date of your pets Rabies Certificate expiration date.

During the application process, you will be provided with an opportunity to scan and submit your current Rabies Certificate and Proof of Sterilization. If you do not have scanning capability, you can mail your certificate along with a copy of your printed receipt to:

Burbank Animal Shelter 1150 N. Victory Place, Burbank, CA 91506 Attention: Online Pet Licensing

Or fax to 818-238-3346  


Mail or bring in your rabies and spay/neuter certificate to the Burbank Animal Shelter 1150 North Victory Place, Burbank, CA 91502. Please make checks payable to: City of Burbank


A Horse Registration application must be completed and returned to the Burbank Animal Shelter along with the $15 application fee. Horse Registration Application [PDF].

Impound Fees

Impound fees for dogs are as follow:

  • 1st Time Impounded Within 12 Months              $25
  • 2nd Time Impounded Within 12 Months             $35
  • 3rd Time Impounded Within 12 Months              $45
  • 4th Time Impounded Within 12 Months              $60

In addition, there is a state surcharge fee that ranges from $35 to $100 for dogs that are not spayed or neutered depending on the number of times the dog has been impounded and a $10 boarding fee per day or fraction thereof.

Impound fee for cats and other animals is $25.  The $10 boarding fee per day or fraction thereof also applies.

Phone: 818-238-3000
For Emergencies Call: 911
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