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 Animal Bite Procedure   

STEP 1:                                   

Call the Berkeley Animal Shelter -- Monday thru Saturday -- 8:00 to 4:30

Sunday -- 8:00 to 3:30

Phone Number & Voicemail -- (510) 981- 6600

An animal control officer will respond to the scene and take a report. 

After hours call the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981- 5900


Here are some steps to take prior to the officer's arrival:

  • Provide first aid for the bite. 
  • If the wound is serious call 9-1-1 
  • Less serious wounds -- victim can see a private physician after a bite report is taken. 


  • If possible safely contain the responsible animal, if the animal is vicious wait until animal control arrives and they will contain the animal. 
  • If the responsible animal does not stay in the area, try and get a good look at the animal so that you can give a description to animal control or the police. 

If your pet bites:

The Berkeley Municipal Code(10.04 160) requires that the animal be quarantined and either impounded at the animal shelter, veterinarian or a home quarantine.

Rules of quarantine will be reviewed at the time of quarantine.

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Animal Shelter, 1 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley, CA 94710
Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-6600
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903