Animal Control

Various local organizations and campus departments assume responsibility for providing some animal services and or advice.  The table below addresses many of the animal related situations we have encountered on campus over the years.  This table will help you in contacting the appropriate person and/or organization to assist you with your situation.

If the animal appears to be a danger, is injured or may be injured, please call the campus police at (831) 459-2231, if there is an immediate danger, dial 9-1-1. 

Service Animals:

The Americans with Disabilities Act and University policy provide guidance when dealing with individuals with service animals.

"When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform. Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task."

More information about service dogs can be found at or at the link below.

Functional Responsibility Status Effective July 2011  Notes
Enforcement Patrol Officers and Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Services Actions include:
·    Issuing citations, giving warnings and writing reports as they relate to current law and criminal acts.
·    Write animal bite reports.
·    Work collaboratively with EH&S, Grounds and other campus departments, State and County agencies to evaluate situations and take appropriate actions as related to the public health.

Patrol Officers

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Services if necessary

For small animals that are caged requiring euthanization, campus veterinarian, Dr. David Casper can be called during business hours
(831) 459-3135

Service Animals

Americans with Disabilities Act

Student/Visitor requests
   Disability Resource Center
     (831) 459-2089

Staff/ Faculty requests          
   Disability Management
     (831) 459-4602
Rodent control, trapping UCSC Physical Plant/Grounds
Gary Cunningham
(831) 459-2252
IACUC Police Chief or designee
(as needed)
      UCPD will participate in;
·    Developing of policy
·    Development of security plans for facilities
·    Education and training of researchers as it relates to animal research
·    Assuring that staff receives proper training and immunization as required by law or policy.
Outreach and Education

Police Officers, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Services, Fish and Game, SPCA, and Native Animal Rescue.

SC County Animal Services
     (831) 454-7303

Department of Fish and Game
     Main (707) 944-5531
   Area Contact, Conrad Jones
     (650) 328-2380

Santa Cruz SPCA
    (831) 465-5000

Native Animal Rescue
     (831) 462-0726

Integrate with general UCPD educational and outreach programming.  Utilize other agencies as appropriate.

UCPD will continue to educate the campus community about relevant wildlife issues and wildlife safety awareness whenever possible

Accomplished through the department web site, presentations, developing and presenting safety literature and communicating through the media in regard to pertinent animal issues

Animal Registry Eliminated County licensing requirements apply
Approval of Animal Temperament Eliminated None
Certification of animal medical records (shots) Eliminated County licensing requirements apply
Large game management Police Officers, Santa Cruz
County Animal Shelter Services
UCPD will coordinate with appropriate campus departments, state and county agencies to manage incidents as necessary
Removing dead animals from roadways Campus grounds department
(831) 459-3667
Capturing and containing loose animals Eliminated unless there are extenuating circumstances. Possible situations but not limited to:
·     Threat to health and/or safety of the campus community
·    Threat to health and/or safety of wildlife
Injured Wildlife
Refer reporting party to
Native Animal Rescue
(831) 462-0726
(They will not pick up wildlife, it must be transported to them)
More info can be found on their website
Steve Ledenberg
(831) 566-5049
(He will pick up snakes)
Mountain Lion sighting Patrol Mountain Lion Sighting Information
Predatory Bird Issues Predatory Bird Research Group
Glenn R. Stewart, Director
(831) 459-2466
Issues with Livestock Follow established dispatch procedures