History of SEAACA

In October of 1975 the cities of Downey, Norwalk and Pico Rivera signed a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) establishing the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA). SEAACA was formed to improve the level of service, care for animals and humane education provided by private and public animal welfare agencies in the region.

Because of the efforts for the original three cities and the positive service to both animals and residents, other neighboring cities began requesting SEAACA extend services to their cities.  In 1984, Bell Gardens, Montebello, and Paramount joined SEAACA as member cities.  In 1987 South El Monte and in 1988 Santa Fe Springs also joined SEAACA.  In addition to these member cities, SEAACA currently extends contract services to the cities of Bellflower, Buena Park, La Palma, Lakewood, South Gate and Vernon.  SEAACA currently serves approximately 900,000 residents in fourteen cities.     

SEAACA is an independent unit of government (Joint Powers Authority) governed by a policy board (Board of Commissioners). SEAACA has an Executive Director as its chief administrative officer who carries out policies and oversees day-to-day operations of the agency.

SEAACA’s philosophy is to approach to animal welfare from the perspective of the owner of the pet in the context of all components of Responsible Pet Ownership; provide compassionate sheltering at the Care Center for animals found without their owners; provide Veterinarian services for Care Center animals and low-cost vaccinations for all animals in the region; plus respond to related public safety issues facing our animals and communities


  • About the health and safety of each pet in our communities
  • About the safety of the residents
  • About providing excellent care for the animals in our facility
  • About enforcing laws that ultimately protect our animals and residents
  • About working with community partners to help animals find forever homes