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(Animals, Animal Control, Animal Shelters, Animals in Disaster, Animals in Public Places,
Animal Friendly Program, Animal Ownership, Animal Bites)
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:
- 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).
- Be inspected annually by a licensed veterinarian; the inspection forms (stock no. Z-3) are available from the regional Zoonosis Control Group offices or can be ordered directly at Registration Inspection – Rabies Quarantine Facility or Animal Shelter Facility (3 Page Form): HHSC Forms & Publications (mypinnaclecart.com) (note that you will need to register/log in to be able to place an order).
- 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.