Spay & Neuter
McLennan County residents
About the Law
- Applies only to dogs and cats over four months of age.
- Owned dogs & cats: In addition to state-mandatory rabies vaccination, owned dogs and cats must be spayed/neutered & microchipped.
- Community cats: In addition to the state-mandatory rabies vaccination, outside cats, both owned and unowned, must be spayed or neutered. No microchip required for community cats with the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) left ear tip, performed during spay/neuter surgery.
Exceptions to the Law
Breeder Pets & Elderly Pets
These pets, in addition to the state-mandatory rabies vaccination, must be microchipped, and must also have a veterinarian-issued Health Statement(PDF, 121KB)(PDF, 121KB) issued at least once every two years that must include the pet's microchip number.
Each puppy or kitten in a litter must be microchipped by four months of age and have a vet-issued Health Statement(PDF, 121KB) prior to sale or transfer.
- Breeder must have this information available upon request by law enforcement or animal control. It is the new owner’s responsibility to obtain these documents from their Breeder during the sale or transfer of the animal.
- Medical Reasons: A veterinarian can exempt a non-breeding pet for medical / health reasons. This exemption must be documented on the pet's medical record. Pet owner must have this information available upon request by law enforcement or animal control.
- Community Cats (outdoor or outdoor/indoor) qualify for free Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
- This includes: spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, and a left “ear-tip” performed by a vet during surgery.
- Loaner TNR traps available with refundable deposit. More details.
See the entire City of Waco Code of Ordinances relating to animals here.