Animal Welfare

Animal welfare means how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in a good state of welfare if (as indicated by scientific evidence) it is healthy, comfortable, well-nourished, safe, able to express innate behavior, and if it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress.

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Intakes & Surrenders

The Fort Worth Animal Care & Control (FWACC) facilities are requesting residents who must surrender their pets to consider alternative options:

  •  Rehome their pet through friends and family networks.
  •  Ensure that the animal is current on all vaccinations and has received the vaccinations at least 14 days prior to the date of surrender.
  •  Vaccinate and hold the animal during its initial 14-day vaccination period to allow the animal to develop immunity prior to surrender. If needed, vaccinations, health screening and other assistance will be provided to the owner by FWACC staff. 

The FWACC facilities follow best-practice isolation and care protocols, which include frequent health assessments by the veterinarian and clinical staff.

It is important that all residents work with their private veterinarians to stay up-to-date on their pets’ vaccinations. Vaccination is the first line of defense to prevent outbreaks of contagious diseases. FWACC partners provide low-cost vaccination services. For more information, please review the “Low-cost assistance for pet owners” in the tab above.

Education & Outreach

Animal Care & Control offers educational programs and shelter tours to keep residents informed on how they can reduce the pet overpopulation in Fort Worth.

Call 817-392-7013 to sign up for an educational presentation or shelter tour.

Responsible Pet Ownership Class

This program emphasizes the owner’s responsibilities toward the pet and the community. The class will cover these subjects: City of Fort Worth Ordinances, Benefits of Spay/Neuter, Bite Prevention/Rabies and Pet Ownership Responsibilities. This class also can be attended to have certain citations dismissed after arrangements have been made with the Municipal Court.

Use a registration form in English(PDF, 45KB) or Spanish(PDF, 45KB) to register in person no later than the day before a class at the Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center. There is no same-day class registration. Registrants must provide photo identification and applicable documentation for all animals on the property.

English Classes

  • No classes posted

Spanish Classes

  • No classes posted

Community Cat Resources

A community cat is an umbrella definition that includes any un-owned cat. These cats may be “feral” (un-socialized) or friendly, may have been born into the wild, or may be lost or abandoned pet cats. Some of these cats are fed by multiple residents in the area, while others survive without any human intervention. Many people refer to these cats as “strays,” “neighborhood cats” or “ferals” but regardless of the label, these are cats that call “home” the outdoor community rather than an individual household.

Community cats by definition have no owner to claim them. In the United States, only about 1 in 50 cats are reclaimed at most shelters on average. Feral or very fearful community cats have historically been euthanized at most shelters. Because most of these cats are outdoor, free roaming felines, they can easily become sick or overly stressed in the shelter environment. Because of this, the City of Fort Worth views Trap Neuter Release/Return (TNR) as the appropriate way to handle stray cats.


When an outdoor community cat is spayed/neutered, their right ear is “notched” for easy identification from far away. If you see a cat with an ear notch, they have already been through a TNR program.

Trap Neuter Release/Return (TNR) programs include vaccinating and sterilizing healthy community cats, and returning them to the location where they were found. Spay/neuter and vaccination improves health and welfare of community cats, reduces problematic behaviors such as fighting, vocalizing and reproducing, and reduces the suffering of unwanted homeless cats.

TNR services through Fort Worth Animal Care and Control are provided as capacity and grant funding allows. Currently, we are scheduling TNR services by appointment only for Fort Worth residents. For more information about the program, please email

Schedule a TNR appointment


Humane Society of North Texas

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP)

Spay & Neuter Network

Feral Friends Community Cat Alliance

Panther City Feral Cat Coalition

Found Kittens

Finding orphaned kittens

The best place for kittens is with their mother, so it is important to determine if they’re truly orphans or if mom is hiding or hunting nearby before removing them from the area they were found in.

If mom is nearby, let her be the one to care for them until they are 8 weeks old. Once they are old enough, kittens can be spayed/neutered through TNR (trap neuter return) programs so that they cannot reproduce in the community.

Unfortunately, there are times when kittens become permanently separated from their mothers. In this case, it is important to get them appropriate care.

If you’re willing to care for the kittens until they’re 8 weeks old (or weigh at least two pounds) and can be fixed for adoption, email to get more information about our foster program.

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Low-cost assistance for pet owners

If you are a pet owner and you need help providing care for your cat or dog, the following organizations offer low-cost animal services.

Organization Address Phone Services
Community Food Bank 3000 Galvez Ave. 817-924-3333

Free pet food

Don't Forget To Feed Me 5825 E. Rosedale St. 817-334-0727 Free pet food
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection 2400 Westport Parkway, Suite 100, 76177 817-837-4500 Low-cost vaccination, Low-cost spay & neuter
Spay/Neuter Network Four transport/mobile clinic locations 972-472-3500 Low-cost vaccination, Low-cost spay & neuter
Animal Hope Wellness Center 6716 S. Hulen St. 817-683-9789 Low-cost vaccination, Low-cost spay & neuter
North Texas Humane Society (Main) 1840 E. Lancaster Ave. 817-332-4768 Spay/neuter for qualified low-income and senior-citizen pet owners
North Texas Humane Society (Southwest) 6708 S. Hulen St. 817-423-3647 Spay/neuter for qualified low-income and senior-citizen pet owners


Low-cost vaccinations

The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) offers low-cost vaccinations and microchipping from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center, 4900 Martin St.

Prices for services to dogs:

Prices for services for cats:

  • Rabies vaccination (one year), $5
  • Rabies vaccination (one year), $5
  • DAPPv vaccination, $10
  • FeLV vaccination, $10
  • Bordetella vaccination, $10
  • FHCPCh, $10
  • Heartworm test, $20
  • FeLV/FIV test, $20
  • Activyl, $12
  • Basic deworm, $5

  • Heartworm preventative, $25-$35
  • Droncit, $10
  • Microchip, $30
  • Microchip, $30

Cash or credit is accepted at the time services are provided. Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier; cats must be in a carrier. No appointment is necessary, and vaccinations are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more, call 940-566-5551.

Spaying & Neutering

More than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born each day in the United States, and though some find loving homes, many contribute to the more than 7.5 million unwanted animals in the country.

Unwanted animals lead lives of misery, privation, disease and neglect. Others are spared this torture only by being euthanized in animal shelters throughout the country.

The easiest and most effective way to correct the tragic situation is for pet owners to do their part to control the animal population by spaying or neutering all pets.

In addition to reducing the number of unwanted animals in shelters and dangerous strays in the streets, spayed and neutered animals are happier, healthier pets. Males fight less and do not roam as much, greatly reducing the risks of being hit by cars. Females do not go into heat, they don’t have to be closed in and they are less likely to develop uterine infections and mammary cancer.

Owners who do not wish to complete the procedure for their pets must contact us to begin the process to obtain an Intact Pet Permit. Call the City Call Center at 817-392-1234.

About the procedure

Spaying is the operation performed to remove the reproductive organs from a female, while neutering means to remove the reproductive organs from a male.

Most veterinary offices will spay or neuter your pet, and many veterinarians also offer a new neutering option for male dogs that uses chemical sterilization drugs and avoids surgery.

You can also find out about low-cost spay or neuter programs in the Metroplex by contacting one of the following agencies:

Spot Animal Abuse & Neglect

Our pets and other animals rely on us to take care or them and provide them with needed veterinary services, food water and shelter. However, this kind of care is not always offered.

Generally, animal cruelty can be divided into two categories: neglect and intentional cruelty.

Neglect is the failure to provide an animal with the most basic of requirements of food, water, shelter and veterinary care, and is often the result of ignorance on the part of the pet owner. Intentional cruelty occurs when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal.

Animal owners and caretakers, under local and state law, must provide nutritious and wholesome food and water; dry shelter with adequate ventilation and protection from direct sunlight; and proper veterinary care from a licensed professional as needed.

Causing an animal to fight another, intentionally harming or abandoning an animal is illegal.

Spot Animal Cruelty

You may be a witness to Cruelty if you see an animal that:

  • Is repeatedly left alone without food and water
  • Kept outside without shelter
  • Abandoned
  • Has wounds on its body
  • Has severe hair loss
  • Is extremely thin
  • Is physically abused
  • Is provoked into fighting another animal

If you witness animal neglect or Cruelty, report it to Fort Worth Animal Care and Control. Animal fighting should be immediately reported to the Fort Worth Police Department.

Volunteer with Animals

Volunteer time and talents are a huge asset to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter.

There are many ways you can make a difference for the welfare of animals at the Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center, the North Animal Campus and both PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers. Volunteer activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Playing with the pets to socialize them
  • Assisting with adoptions
  • Taking pets on walks
  • Assisting with tours of the shelter
  • Bathing and grooming pets
  • Assisting with data entry/office work
  • Meal/Snack preparation and feeding of pets
  • Washing/Sanitizing kennels, play yards or facility common areas
  • Photographing pets

Businesses, organizations and youth groups also are welcome for a day of service. To schedule a Day of Service in advance, contact (817) 392-1234.

Apply to volunteer    Apply to foster pets