Most Urgent Animals (Code Red)

A dog laying down with a red back ground promoting Code Red Animals

Code Red animals are in urgent need of adoption or rescue.

The list shows special-needs animals that are not placed into the traditional adoption program at the Fort Worth Animal Shelter.

The city’s shelter refuses no pets, and many are sick (upper respiratory infections, heartworm, etc.) and simply need medical treatment. Others are females with their newborn litters who cannot stay within the shelter environment for a long period of time. All of these animals need immediate help.

Adoptions of a Code Red animal will require a signed health waiver.

If your organization wishes to tag an animal for rescue:
An email must be sent to by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the day is it scheduled to be euthanized, and must include the following information:

  • Organization name
  • Requestor name
  • Animal identification number ("A" number)