Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the City conduct door-to-door license canvassing?

Door-to-Door canvassing has been a regular activity in the City of Long Beach since the 1960’s. Periodically, the City contracts with the County of Los Angeles to supplement license compliance efforts. The Federal Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends dog and cat licensing, and door-to-door canvassing as an integral method to enhance rabies control (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 18, 2008). The process of license canvassing results in direct contact with pet owners and provides the opportunity for education about animal care issues. It is also provides residents with the opportunity to report animal-related violations such as neglect, cruelty, barking, defecation, off-leash and excessive numbers of animals on a property.

A quick survey of animal control directors in Los Angeles and Orange counties identified (48) agencies utilized door-to-door dog license canvassing during 2009-2010 to ensure compliance with state laws.

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