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    Infectious Disease Prevention Section
    Mail Code: 1927
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite G401
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: (512) 776-7676
    Fax: (512) 776-7616


Animal Friendly Program


Thanks to Texas drivers’ support of the Animal Friendly Fund, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has been able to distribute grant funds for spay/neuter surgeries for 105,001 dogs and cats in Texas. This has potentially prevented the unwanted births of millions of cats and dogs over the next several years! An additional public health benefit is that all of these animals are seen by a veterinarian, increasing the probability that appropriate vaccinations will be administered. By the conclusion of the 2019 fiscal year, DSHS has awarded $6,188,076 in grants toward the low-cost spays and neuters. 

If you would like to help reduce pet overpopulation in Texas, order your Animal Friendly license plate.

If you already have an Animal Friendly license plate, thank you for being part of the solution!

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Animal Friendly Program
catLitter Spay/Neuter Myths and Facts
Last updated April 12, 2022