Register Your Pet
Register Your Pet – It’s the Law and It Helps Us Care for the Animals!
Chapter 826 of the Texas Health and Safety Code grants municipalities the authority to pass ordinances requiring the annual registration of household pets, including the imposition of a fee for registration. The purpose of registration is to assist local government in ensuring all household dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies. By law, funds raised from these fees MUST be used to enforce animal control laws and care for animals in our shelter.
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the Terrell City Council approved the second reading Ordinance #2620 requires all citizens who own pets, dogs and cats, to register them within 10 days of taking ownership. According to the ordinance, which formally takes effect on January 1, 2015, if you are a senior citizen, 65 years of age or older, the registration fee for registering your pet will be $5.00 per pet, regardless of fertility status. The registration fee for a pet that is sterile or has been spayed or neutered is $10.00. The fee for pets that are fertile or “intact” is $15.00.
Additionally, the ordinance requires that all registered pets have their registration tag, as well as their rabies vaccination tag, affixed to their collar, which must be worn at all times. Pets captured without a collar are only held for three (3) days and then immediately put up for adoption. It would be very tragic for you to lose your pet, simply because it did not have on its collar bearing the registration and rabies vaccination tags.
The Animal Control Department would like to remind our citizens that registering your pet with the city is the responsible thing to do, as well as a legal requirement. By doing so, not only are you being a responsible pet owner, but you are significantly improving your chances of getting your pet returned to you, should it inadvertently go stray in your neighborhood.
Help us by helping yourself. Plan to register your pet online starting on January 1, 2015