CITY OF HALTOM CITY  5024 Broadway Ave. Haltom City, Texas 76117 817-222-7700

Haltom City

ANIMAL SERVICES


  • ANIMAL CARE & ADOPTION CENTER
    5312 Midway Ave. Haltom City, TX 76117

HOURS

  • Monday
    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Sunday
    Closed
Service Calls
Animal Services officers respond to field-related calls:
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

To report an after-hours, animal-related emergency, contact the non-emergency Police dispatch line at 817-281-1000. For life-threatening situations, please call 911.

microchip dog cat

Microchip Services

Haltom City Animal Services will microchip your pet for $10. Please call the facility during operating hours to schedule an appointment. This service is available to Haltom City residents only. Please bring proof of residence, such as a driver license or utility bill as well as any rabies certificate or other info related to your pet.

We use 24PetWatch microchip services.

Fees
Fees for the services we provide are listed below

Adoptions

Haltom City Animal Services (HCAS) has a wonderful adoption program, and we invite you to consider our shelter when looking for your next pet. Available animals may be viewed during normal shelter hours. We also have a play yard and a play room where you can get to know your new best friend and find out if the match is right.

Based on age and health, most of our animals receive all necessary vaccinations before adoption.

  • $60 for all animal adoptions, microchip included

All animals are required to be spayed or neutered after they are adopted, with documentation provided to the shelter. This is the responsibility of the adopter, and is required by both city and state laws.

You must be 18 or over, with a valid I.D. to adopt an animal. A legal contract is required for each adoption, and HCAS has the right to refuse adoption to anyone.

Impoundment

Haltom City Animal Services charges fees for animals that are picked up and housed at their facility.

Impound fees for animals that have not been spayed or neutered are as follows:

  • $30 for the first time animal is picked up
  • $60 for the second time
  • $100 for the third time

Impound fees for animals that have been spayed or neutered are as follows:

  • $15 for the first time animal is picked up
  • $30 for the second time
  • $60 for the third time

Mandatory sterilization is ordered after the second time an animal is picked up in a 12 month period.

A boarding fee of $10 per day applies to all animals impounded at the shelter.

Citations

Haltom City Animal Services issues citations to owners of pets who violate city ordinance regarding animal care and maintenance.

All pets are required to be on a secure leash at all times when not contained in a house or fenced yard. The most common citations issued by Haltom City Animal Service Officers are for "Dogs at Large" and "No Rabies Vaccination". Citations may also be issued for failure to display a current Rabies vaccination tag on an animal. Haltom City does not allow cats to run free. If a citizen feeds and/or harbors a stray cat for more than 10 days, they are considered the cat's owner and could be issued a citation for Cat at Large.

For more information, please refer to Haltom City's Animal Ordinance, linked below.

Once citations are issued, all questions and concerns must go through the Municipal Court.

Microchip Services

  • Haltom City Animal Services will microchip your pet for $10

Please call the facility at 817-222-7124 during operating hours to schedule an appointment. This service is available to Haltom City residents only. Please bring proof of residence, such as a driver license or utility bill as well as any rabies certificate or other info related to your pet.

We use 24PetWatch microchip services.

Microchip graphic
  • Adoptions

    Haltom City Animal Services (HCAS) has a wonderful adoption program, and we invite you to consider our shelter when looking for your next pet. Available animals may be viewed during normal shelter hours. We also have a play yard and a play room where you can get to know your new best friend and find out if the match is right.

    Based on age and health, most of our animals receive all necessary vaccinations before adoption.

    • $60 for all animal adoptions, microchip included

    All animals are required to be spayed or neutered after they are adopted, with documentation provided to the shelter. This is the responsibility of the adopter, and is required by both city and state laws.

    You must be 18 or over, with a valid I.D. to adopt an animal. A legal contract is required for each adoption, and HCAS has the right to refuse adoption to anyone.

  • Microchip graphic

    Microchip Services

    • Haltom City Animal Services will microchip your pet for $10

    Please call the facility at 817-222-7124 during operating hours to schedule an appointment. This service is available to Haltom City residents only. Please bring proof of residence, such as a driver license or utility bill as well as any rabies certificate or other info related to your pet.

    We use 24PetWatch microchip services.

  • Impoundment

    Haltom City Animal Services charges fees for animals that are picked up and housed at their facility.

    Impound fees for animals that have not been spayed or neutered are as follows:

    • $30 for the first time animal is picked up
    • $60 for the second time
    • $100 for the third time

    Impound fees for animals that have been spayed or neutered are as follows:

    • $15 for the first time animal is picked up
    • $30 for the second time
    • $60 for the third time

    Mandatory sterilization is ordered after the second time an animal is picked up in a 12 month period.

    A boarding fee of $10 per day applies to all animals impounded at the shelter.

  • Citations

    Haltom City Animal Services issues citations to owners of pets who violate city ordinance regarding animal care and maintenance.

    All pets are required to be on a secure leash at all times when not contained in a house or fenced yard. The most common citations issued by Haltom City Animal Service Officers are for "Dogs at Large" and "No Rabies Vaccination". Citations may also be issued for failure to display a current Rabies vaccination tag on an animal. Haltom City does not allow cats to run free. If a citizen feeds and/or harbors a stray cat for more than 10 days, they are considered the cat's owner and could be issued a citation for Cat at Large.

    For more information, please refer to Haltom City's Animal Ordinance, linked below.

    Once citations are issued, all questions and concerns must go through the Municipal Court.

  • Surrender Fees

    Surrender fees, for all species of animals, are as follows:

    • Bite Investigation - $60
    • Altered with Rabies Vaccine - $30
    • Altered with No Rabies Vaccine - $40
    • Unaltered with Rabies Vaccine - $65
    • Unaltered with no Rabies Vaccine - $75

    Deceased animal pick-up for veterinarian clinics, citizens with small animals (under 30 lbs) and citizens with large dogs (over 30 lbs) will have a fee of $10.00 per animal picked up.

Animal Services

News & Information

Safe Outdoor Dog Act
The New State Law is Explained Below

On October 25, 2021 the Texas Safe Outdoor Dogs Act was signed into law.

The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, which went into effect January 18, 2022, was passed with the intention of:

  • Defining adequate shelter to protect dogs from extreme temperatures, inclement weather, and standing water. Previously, there was no definition for shelter, thus tethered dogs routinely perished from exposure.
  • Requiring access to drinkable water. Before the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, state law did not include this vital requirement.
  • Requiring safe restraints. The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act strikes the use of chains. Other means of restraint, such as cable tie-outs, may be used so long as they are correctly attached to a collar or harness designed to restrain a dog.

Arguably the most significant change wrought by the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act is removing the 24-hour warning period that allowed bad actors to flout the law. Officers can now take immediate action for tethered dogs in distress.

dog on chain

Exceptions to the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act

The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act does not prevent owners from tethering dogs. The law requires that unattended dogs are tethered in a way that keeps them and the people around them safe, and there are several exceptions to the law. The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act does not apply to dogs who are:

  • Attached to a cable-tie out or trolley system
  • Camping or using other public recreational areas
  • Herding livestock or assisting with farming tasks
  • Hunting or participating in field trials
  • In an open-air truck bed while the owner completes a temporary task

Restraining Dogs Without Using Chains

The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Center for Disease Control agree that chaining dogs is an inappropriate method of restraint. Not only do chains tangle, rust, and break, but they often cause pain and injury.

Conversely, cable tie-outs and trolley systems are designed to restrain dogs, so they are lightweight, strong, and flexible. On average, they cost between $15-$30 and are easy to find in stores and online.

The Urban Coyote

Education & Management Info

Coyotes are among us year-round, and they have adapted to living side by side with us in our cities and neighborhoods. Coyotes rarely attack humans, but they can present problems for our small pets (cats and small to medium size dogs), especially if the pets are outside unrestrained or unsupervised.

Coyote sightings can be on the rise this time of year due to mating and nesting season, which takes place between January-May. Coyotes can be more protective of their territory during this time frame, which can cause more frequent interactions between them and our resident pet population. Breeding season generally occurs between January-March and pups are typically born inside of a den or hollow during the months of April and May.

There are several protective measures everyone can take to reduce or eliminate these problems:

wolf illustration

  • Do not leave domestic pets outside unattended. Even if you have a fenced yard, your small pets may be at risk of an attack. Coyotes are most active at dawn, dusk, and nighttime. Attacks on humans are very rare. You can discourage coyotes from preying on your pet(s) by simply being physically present with them. Dogs should always remain on a leash when on walks and off your property (remember, it’s the law!).
  • Do not feed coyotes. If coyotes are provided a food source, whether intentionally or unintentionally, they learn to associate people with food. Remove any outdoor pet food, fallen fruit or vegetables, and keep trash cans inside a secured structure or with tight fitting lids.
  • Remove or trim down any overgrown vegetation/brush areas. These locations create a habitat for rabbits, squirrels, and various smaller rodents, which are natural prey animals for coyotes. An abundance of this prey will attract coyotes to the area. Thick brush also provides sheltering locations for coyotes to hide and feel comfortable. This includes any outdoor wood piles used for residential fires.
  • Do not leave any water sources available, which are often used by prey animals, including the coyote.
  • Haze them. If you see a coyote, scare it away, but do not turn your back to it. Shout, wave your arms over your head, throw rocks or sticks at it, blow a whistle, shake pennies or marbles in a jar, bang on pots or pans, spray it with water from a hose, etc. If coyotes recognize people as a threat, they are less likely to cause problems. They may come back over the next few days/weeks, so be prepared to haze them again if needed.
  • If you see a sick or injured coyote (or other animal), do not approach it. Please call Haltom City Animal Services via non-emergency Police Dispatch at 817-222-7124. If possible, keep eyes on the animal from a safe distance so you can direct Animal Services Officers to the animal’s location.

ANIMAL ORDINANCE

The most recent Haltom City Animal Ordinance was adopted in March 2013. It's purpose is stated as such:

  • The animal regulations as herein established have been made for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the City of Haltom City. This Chapter contains standards regulating the use, type, location, maintenance, registration, confinement, euthanasia and harboring of certain animals. The intent of the regulations, prohibitions, and provisions is to protect values within the City of Haltom City, to enhance the quality of life of persons, pets, and other animals, and to protect the general public from damage and injury that may be caused by unregulated animals.

For more information, please refer to Haltom City's Animal Ordinance, linked above.

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  • 5024 Broadway Ave.
  • Haltom City, Texas 76117
  • 817-222-7700