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The best protection against rabies is vaccination of pets and avoidance of risk. Vaccination of dogs and cats is required by law. Do not feed or attract wild life to your yard, or try to capture wildlife.
Call animal control at 972-205-3570, if you suspect that there is a rabid animal in your yard. Animal controllers are trained and equipped to deal with rabid animals. Do not allow bats to live in your house attic or chimney. Avoid picking up dead or abandoned animals, and do not capture or eat animals that do not look or act normal.
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Please call Animal Services at 972-205-3570, option 1 to report a dead animal in the street.
Traps are available to trap nuisance cats and various wild animals. The traps can be picked up at 600 Tower Street. A small, fully refundable deposit ($25 for small traps, $50 for larger traps) is required. When the trap is returned the deposit will be given back. Call 972-205-3570, option 4 to ensure trap availability as the number of traps are limited.
Trap guidelines include the following:
Animal Services will hold untagged animals 72 hours. It is important that you come to the shelter to look for your pet. Calls for lost pets are not returned due to the high volume of these types of calls. You can log on to Petharbor to view pictures of animals in our shelter.
There is no specific limitation on how many pets a resident may have as long as all pets are properly cared for in accordance with City Ordinance Chapter 22.
Fees for sterilized animals include:
Fees for unsterilized animals include:
Please note that fees are subject to change due to the number of times your pet has been impounded. Payment is accepted in Cash, Credit Card, Debit and Checks.
Price includes sterilization by our city veterinarian and rabies vaccination.
The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Officers respond to service calls 7 days a week from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. and for emergencies only from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. The phone number is 972-205-3570. The shelter is located at:600 Tower StreetGarland, TX 75040
The Pet Adoption Center is located in Downtown Garland at:813 Main StreetGarland, TX 75040
The Pet Adoption Center's hours are:
Reports of coyote sighting in Garland are common. The information provided is intended to educate and assist in identifying and reporting problems with coyotes and other wildlife. Coyotes generally live in packs, but hunt individually. The coyote diet consists mainly of small mammals including rabbits, mice, squirrels, and insects. Although infrequent, coyotes have been known to prey on domesticated animals in suburban areas, such as Garland. Human injury from coyote attacks is extremely rare.
A random sighting of a coyote is not unusual and Animal Services need not be notified unless the animal creates a nuisance. Coyotes that have entered into neighborhoods (alleys and yards), or that have threatened or attacked domestic animals are considered a problem and Animal Services will respond. The Garland Animal Services Division has a trapping program intended to remove problem coyotes. Citizens wishing to report a problem coyote should contact Garland Animal Services at 972-205-3570. An Animal Services Officer will respond and determine what measures are necessary to remove the problem animal.
Since coyotes are considered a “high risk species” for possibly carrying rabies, citizens should take care to avoid human (or pet) contact with the species. Coyotes exhibiting unusual behavior such as aggressiveness towards humans should be reported immediately by calling 911. If you have any questions concerning coyotes or other problem wildlife, please contact Garland Animal Services at 972-205-3570, option 4 for assistance. View more information on coyotes.
Fence must meet the following requirements:
For Complete Directive Language and more information on fencing requirements, see the following:
All dogs and cats must be vaccinated for rabies between the ages of 12 weeks and 16 weeks. All dogs and cats shall either:
All vaccines administered under this section shall be licensed for use in that species by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by a duly authorized veterinarian. A paper certificate must be issued upon each vaccination stating the following:
Animal owners shall provide proof of current rabies vaccination for any animal required to be vaccinated under this article upon request by the Supervisor of Animal Services or their designee.
Any mammal can get rabies, including:
If your pet is bitten or scratched by a wild animal, call animal control immediately. Do not attempt to capture the attacking animal yourself.
If you are bitten or scratched by a suspect rabid animal, or saliva from the animal enters an open wound, or becomes in contact with your nose, mouth, or eyes, wash the wound or contact area with soap and water, call your physician or the health department and get medical attention immediately.
If you have any additional questions regarding rabies control, please call Animal Services at 972-205-3570. You can also view more information about rabies prevention (PDF).
Traps are available to trap nuisance cats and various wild animals. The traps can be picked up at 600 Tower Street. A small, fully refundable deposit ($40 for small traps, $40 for larger traps) is required. When the trap is returned the deposit will be given back. Call 972-205-3570, option 2 to ensure trap availability as the number of traps are limited.