Pet Licensing

Dogs and cats in Shoreline are required to have a pet license.

Animal Control & Lost Pets

Call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a life-threatening animal-related emergency.  

Animal control services in Shoreline are provided by Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC).  For information on animal control services, to find a lost pet, help a stray animal, or to report other animal control related issues, please contact the RASKC call center at (206) 296-PETS (7387) or

RASKC animal control officers respond to:

  • Vicious animal complaints
  • Cruelty investigations
  • Animal bites  
  • Injured animal rescues
  • Sick animal pick-up

Shoreline Park Code Enforcement Officers also enforce leash laws in City parks. If you witness any off-leash activity in City parks outside of designated off-leash areas, please contact the Shoreline Parks Department at (206) 801-2611 or

Animal Shelter

Although animal control officers will use the RASKC Animal Shelter on behalf of Shoreline residents on occasion, Shoreline's primary animal shelter is operated by PAWS.   

PAWS Companion Animal Shelter
15305 44th Avenue W
Lynnwood, WA 98087
Shelter (425) 787-2500 x801
Wildlife Center (425) 787-2500 x817

Shelter Hours
Mon & Tue: Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Wed: Closed for adoptions; lost and found services only 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thu & Fri:  Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun:  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Animal Regulations

Shoreline animal control regulations require that:

  • Any dog or cat eight (8) weeks or older must have a pet license.
  • Animals must be on leash when not on their owner’s property or in a designated off-leash dog area.
  • Owners must also pick-up after their animals when not on the owner’s property.
  • All dogs and cats six (6) months of age or older must be vaccinated against rabies. 

For regulations regarding the number, type, and species of animals that are allowed in Shoreline and the standards in which animals must kept, please review the City's Animal Regulations. The City has also created guidelines about the keeping of Backyard Chickens.