Dallas City Animal Shelter
Grand Opening Saturday, October 20th, 2007
Day-long public celebration at brand-new,
The long-awaited Dallas Animal Services and Adoption
Center officially opens for business Saturday, Oct. 20. The new,
52,000-square-foot facility is located at 1818 N. Westmoreland Rd. at
I-30, at the northeast quadrant of the intersection. City officials and
Dallas Animal Services staff will mark the occasion with a ribboncutting
ceremony at 10 a.m.
- Groundbreaking: November 8, 2004
- Grand Opening: October 20, 2007
- $11.755 million from 2003 bond program
- $3.5 from 1998 bond program
- $1 million grant from the Ivor O’Connor
- Size: 52,000 square feet (building only)
- Total capacity:
- Between 775 and 800 dogs and cats;
- separate livestock holding area
- Dog adoption capacity: About 125
- Cat adoption capacity: About 75
- Lost-and-found capacity for dogs: About 250
- Lost-and-found capacity for cats: About 90
- Work Architecture, Dallas (prime consultant)
- Animal Arts, Boulder, Colorado
Grand Opening News Release (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the procedure for reporting a stray animal that needs to be
Call City Services Dispatch at 3-1-1 when dialing from inside the city limits, or (214) 670-5111 when dialing
from outside the city limits, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Animal Control investigates complaints regarding stray animals and routinely
patrols the City for stray animals. Due to the number of stray animals, it may take
time to resolve a particular problem. Humane animal traps are provided to citizens
at no cost for the hard to catch animals.
How can I find my lost pet?
The Lost Pet Hot Lines are (214) 670-8389 (Forney Road Shelter) and (214)
670-1965 (Oak Cliff). Information is updated daily between 4:00 and 5:00 P.M.
How do I get my animal out of the Animal Shelter, how long will you
hold the animal, and where do I go to pick it up?
You must go to the animal shelter to pick up your animal. It could be
at either 8414 Forney Road, (214) 670-8246, or 525 Shelter Place, (214) 670-6848,
Monday through Saturday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
The animal owner must show proof of City of Dallas registration/sterilization.
Redemption fee for an animal between four and six months of age is $33; if the animal
is sterilized and $48 for an unsterilized animal.
If an animal is not wearing a rabies or City of Dallas registration tag
or other identification, it will be held for three days. However, if an owner personally
visits the shelter and identifies an animal that was not wearing tags, a written
agreement can be made with the shelter manager to hold the animal longer than the
three-day limit. If the animal is wearing tags or other identification, it will
be held 10 days.
How much is the City registration fee and how often do I have to register?
The cost for yearly City registration of an animal is:
- Spayed or
neutered animals - $7.00
- Fertile animals
(not spayed or neutered) - $20.00
- Animal under
six months - $7.00
- Owner over
age 65: (up to 3 pets per household)
- with fertile
animal - $7.00
- with spayed
or neutered animal - FREE
Special discounts also apply to animals assisting the disabled. Please
call (214) 821-3400 for more information.
The City Registration program is administered by
6301 Gaston Avenue, Suite 600
Dallas, Texas 75214 (214) 821-3400
If I put my pet in the shelter, will it be adopted?
Animal Control does not guarantee adoption. Every effort is made to find
a suitable home; however, more animals come into the shelter than there are available
How can I find out about the adoption process?
Animals can be adopted from either of the two Dallas shelters:
8414 Forney Road, Monday
thru Saturday, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., (214) 670-8226 for cat adoption and (214)
670-8216 for dog adoption.
525 Shelter Place,
Monday thru Saturday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., (214) 670-6848 for both dog and cat
BASIC COURTESY FOR CANINE OWNERS
If you’re a dog owner and take yer buddy for a stroll, you got a couple
a things that are sure bets #1 ‘Lynard’s’ gonna tinkle somewhere along that walk
and #2 ‘Lynard’s’ gonna leave a #2 somewhere along that same walk!
Now --------- we might have us a problem, here. If yer guilty of walking
yer buddy without taking along Dog Walking Accessories –* a bag and a scoop, here
are a couple a things that are sure bets #1 ‘Lynard’s’ doing what he’s supposed
to be doing, while #2 You aren’t doing what you’re supposed to be doing!
If you’re the recipient of ‘Lynard’s’ #2 left as crappy reminder, ‘uncourtesy’
of ‘Lynard’s’ human, you have some options.
#1. You could lay in wait for the ‘courtesy-challenged’ human , invite
him and ‘Lynard’ in for a cup of tea, and a dog biscuit whilst explaining what,
“Do unto others as you would have done unto you” – really means, quoted from a pretty
good AUTHORITY – or----------
#2. You may either dial 311 Dallas City Services, 214-670-8226 for Animal
Control, or go online to the Dallas
Animal Services Web Site.
If you’re a dog owner and read this, surely ----- your heart’s told you
the RIGHT THING TO DO! No one should be the recipient of your dog’s relief on their
Next time you take a spin around Preston Highlands, remember -- in order
to be a friend to your neighbors, grab a bag and a scoop for YOUR BEST FRIEND!
Chapter 7 of the Dallas City Ordinance, Section 7-21.2 requires
the owner , harborer, or a person having care, custody, or control of a dog, to
remove in an immediate, and sanitary manner, any feces created by their dog on public
property, or any private property not owned, leased, or controlled by them. It further
requires those individuals to have in their possession a device for the safe and
sanitary removal and disposal of the dog feces. Violators may be reported to city
services dispatch 3-1-1 and are subject to citation, and possible fine if observed
by city officers at any time.
Other Animal Control Information