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    Infectious Disease Control Unit
    Mail Code: 1960
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: (512) 776-7676
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Animal Shelter Requirements

According to Chapter 823 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, animal shelters in a county in Texas with a population greater than 75,000 must

star meet the minimum standards for housing and sanitation set by the Texas Board of Health in Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 169, Rabies Control and Eradication (Rabies Control Act, Chapter 826).

star be inspected annually by a licensed veterinarian (forms are available from the regional Zoonosis Control Group offices), and

star have an advisory committee to assist with compliance with the law.

The Humane Society of the United States provides materials and workshops to help in the planning and design of an animal shelter. The regional Zoonosis Control Division offices are also information resources for shelter plans

Take a virtual behind-the scenes tour of an animal shelter

Law regulating euthanasia of animals in animal shelters

Last updated September 6, 2011