In October of 1975, the cities of Downey, Norwalk and Pico Rivera formed a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) establishing the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA). SEAACA was formed as an alternative to the escalating costs of animal control services, and to improve the service level rendered by private and public animal welfare agencies.
In 1976, SEAACA began receiving calls from cities asking to be considered should SEAACA expand its service area. It was only a matter of time until SEAACA would be known for its delivery of quality services at an affordable cost. Within a short period of time, SEAACA grew from the original three member cities by adding an additional five member cities and six contract cities. Currently SEAACA serves approximately 863,000 residents in fourteen cities.
SEAACA's objectives are to develop and maintain a compassionate approach to animal control which recognizes the animal as a victim incapable of defending itself. By recognizing and identifying the issues to be of human origin, we can more effectively resolve the issues through humane education and accountability on the part of the owners. SEAACA's goal is to locate the owners of lost or stray animals as an alternative to impounding and housing stray animals. The owner may then be educated on proper care and basic requirements for all animals, resulting in a more effective and lasting solution.
One of the most unique aspects of SEAACA is that it provides a local approach to animal control, with direct input from the communities served. Field services are provided seven days a week, 24 hours a day, for a combination of regular and emergency calls.
SEAACA has developed a facility which houses the Care Center and administrative offices. SEAACA maintains an in-house veterinary clinic which provides low cost vaccination clinic for the public and spays and neuters adoption animals.