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Terrell Animal Adoption Center


2601 Hwy. 80 East
Terrell 75160
972-551-6641 (Adoption Center)
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Our shelter focuses on getting as many animals out of the shelter as is possible. We are not a “no kill” facility; however, our daily goal is to limit as much as possible the number of animals we must euthanize in our facility.


Rescue, Adoption and Owner Recovery is the foundational principal that drives toward our goal.



Office Hours:


Monday through Friday 10am to 7pm, Saturdays 7am to 4pm, Sundays closed.


animal shelter buildingUnless an employee needs to take off on the weekend, the shelter will be open on Saturday. However, on weekend days we will only respond to emergency animal control calls in the city.


Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be devoted to Rescue, Adoption and Owner Recovery and networking efforts, as well as cleaning and caring for the animals.


We only accept cash and checks as payments at the Animal Shelter.


Monday - Friday we will respond to field response calls for service from 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. The shelter will open to the public at 10 a.m. to allow us to clean and care for the animals before receiving the public.


After hours call the Police Department at 469-474-2700 in the case of an animal emergency, such as a severely wounded animal or vicious animal incident.

Animal adoption information and hours


You can view information and pictures of the puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats temporarily living at the Terrell Animal Shelter and available for adoption. 

They are all wishing for new homes!


We strive to keep the number of animals we have to euthanize as low as we possibly can in a city environment. Although we are not a “no kill” facility, this goal is paramount to what we do here. The Terrell Animal Adoption Center works to unite owners with their lost pets and to promote animal adoption and rescue of healthy, unclaimed, unwanted, stray and abandoned pets within the city limits of the City of Terrell.


The City of Terrell does not pick up or house animals from outside the city limits. However, you are not required to be a Terrell resident to adopt or reclaim an animal from the shelter.
Shelter Population Alert Policy

Terrell Animal Shelter featured on CBS Channel 11


Help Support the Terrell Animal Adoption Center

Leash Law

It shall be unlawful for the owner or harborer of any dog or cat to permit such dog or cat to run at large within the city limits. (Sec. 3-11)


All dogs and cats 6 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies annually by a licensed veterinarian.

Dog/Cat Registration

Terrell City residents are required to purchase a Registration license for their dogs and cats for a fee of $10.00 for a sterilized animal and $15.00 for an intact animal. For Senior citizens 65 years of age or older the Registration fee is $5.00. The license is valid for one year.

Reclaiming a Pet

Persons reclaiming a lost pet will be charged an automatic impoundment fee of $20.00 plus $20.00 per day storage fee for an intact animal and $10.00 per day storage fee for a sterilized animal and must show proof of a current rabies vaccination.


Stray animals are held a minimum of three days. Animals wearing ID tags are held for ten days.

Animal Adoption

You will pay a single fee to cover all legally required adoption fees for an animal adopted from our shelter. The single fee means more convenience for our adopting families. You simply sign the Adoption Agreement and pay a fee of $72.00 without a heartworm test or $82.30 with the heartworm test to the City of Terrell. IF the animal is not already spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies.

We will immediately schedule your animal for pre-paid spay/neuter/vaccination services with the City’s veterinarian. The animal will then be dropped off for the vet services and picked up afterward. When you pick up your new pet, the single fee pays for the veterinary services, as well as City of Terrell Registration for city residents.

If you wish to pay an additional $10 fee, we will microchip the animal for you while you wait. Microchipping is optional at our shelter, but it is highly recommended as an aid to identifying your pet if it is lost.

Animals available for adoption may be visited at the shelter, 2601 Highway 80 East in the City of Terrell at the following times:

Monday 10am to 5pm

Tuesday through Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturdays 7am to 4pm
Sundays closed.


Getting animals adopted is our ultimate goal and we will work with you to get that done. We do accept returned animals after adoption, but no fees will be returned. Additionally, the ASPCA may be contacted regarding the transfer of an animal, if preferred.

Shelter Population Alert Policy


Photos of animals available for adoption at the Terrell Animal Shelter are posted on the web site and are also posted at the Hulsey Public Library in Terrell. View the photos during regular library hours.

If you are looking for a family pet, the shelter has a steady supply of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Animals pictured here may or may not be available at the time you visit the shelter as pets are being adopted on a continuous basis.

Come by and see the many animals available.


Volunteer at the Animal Adoption Center

We love our Animal Control Volunteers and could not be successful without their valuable, meaningful help at the shelter.

We have several opportunities available for volunteers at the shelter. Anyone should be able to find a place to pitch in and contribute.


Prospective volunteers will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire for a minimal background and driver’s license check. Our volunteers must have a good driving record in order to help us transport animals or operate city equipment.


We have a number of volunteer tasks available, including:


  • Shelter Cleaning
  • Animal Cleaning and Feeding
  • Animal Basic Medical Treatments
  • Animal Weighing and Charting
  • Computer Entry
  • Facebook Page Monitoring
  • Adoption Events
  • Animal Exercise Program
  • Records Filing
  • Animal Promotions


If you think you are interested in volunteering some of your time in support of your community – and the animals - please feel free to contact the Animal Control Volunteer Coordinator at 972-551-6641 or email adoption@cityofterrell.org.


Please download the Volunteer Information Packet and Application Form and complete it to become an animal shelter volunteer.



Pets Available for Adoption

The Terrell animal shelter has many puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats temporarily living at the Terrell Animal Shelter and available for adoption. Click here for pictures and information about animals available for adoption.


The Animal Adoption Center, located on the north side of U.S. Highway 80 at 2601 Highway 80 East on the east side of Terrell, is open 7 days a week.


Animals available for adoption may be visited at the shelter at the following times:

Monday through Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturdays 7am to 4pm
Sundays closed.


We only accept cash and checks as payments at the Animal Shelter.


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201 East Nash St.
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Terrell, Texas 75160
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After Hours Repair Services: 469-474-2700
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