Why should I get a license for my pet?
A license is your pet's "ticket home" should he or she become lost.
Fewer than 3 percent of animals brought in to the city's animal shelter have identification. When a lost animal is found with current identification, our Animal Control Officers can quickly notify its owners that it is safely at the shelter.
License fees also pay for many vital services performed at the Animal Care and Control Center.
All dogs, cats and ferrets in the city must have a current license, renewed annually or triennially depending on the microchip status and vaccination schedule of the animal. If you live outside the city limits of Fort Worth, please contact your city or local animal control office to learn more about licensing fees and procedures for your pet. (More Information)
Who should I contact if I suspect animal abuse?
Why should I get my dog/cat spayed or neutered?
(from Texas Coalition for Animal Protection) Spaying and neutering saves lives. Millions of animals are euthanized each year simply because they do not have a home. Preventing unplanned pregnancies significantly reduces this number. (Read More)
(from Spay Neuter Network) Right now, there are over four times as many cats and dogs as there are humans here in America. Millions of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. (Click here for Top 10 reasons to spay/neuter your pet)
(from Fort Worth Animal Care and Control) More than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born each day in the United States, and though some find loving homes, many contribute to the more than 7.5 million unwanted animals in the country.
Unwanted animals lead lives of misery, privation, disease and neglect. Others are spared this torture only by being euthanized in animal shelters throughout the country.
The easiest and most effective way to correct the tragic situation is for pet owners to do their part to control the animal population by spaying or neutering all pets. (Read More)
How much does it cost to get my dog/cat spayed or neutered?
There are a lot of low-cost to free options for this procedure. We encourage you to visit our partners, Spay Neuter Network and Texas Coalition for Animal Protection, for low-cost spay/neuter options – as well as low-cost vaccinations.
– Spay Neuter Network
I want to adopt a pet, where should I start?
Please check out our list of shelters and rescue groups.
What should I do if I see a wounded, sick or dead animal?
Click here to fill out Fort Worth’s Animal Issues/Complaint Form.
How much does it cost to license a pet?
If your pet is microchipped and has its rabies shot, it will cost you $12. Click here to see all fees associated with pet care.
I think my pet ate/drank something toxic, what do I do?
(from SPCA of Texas) Contact the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435, or your veterinarian. Do not induce vomiting unless directed by poison control or your veterinarian, certain substances can cause more damage if vomiting is induced.
Click here for a complete list of emergency resources provided by SPCA of Texas.
My dog is bleeding, what do I do?
(from SPCA of Texas) Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. Do not use tourniquets because they are too dangerous. Take your pet to the veterinarian to determine if sutures or antibiotics are needed to prevent infection and promote a speedy recovery.
Click here for complete list of Pet First Aid tips.
We lost our family pet, where should we begin our search?
A great place to start is Fort Worth’s “Found Pets” page. Click here to view the gallery of found pets.
The Fort Worth Partnership for Pets (FWPP) is a strategic partnership that includes The City of Fort Worth Animal Care & Control, the Saving Hope Foundation, the Humane Society of North Texas, the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP), and Spay Neuter Network. FWPP’s mission involves partnering to save the lives of animals and engaging the community through adoptions/rescue, spay/neuter, and education.
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