Animal Shelter Fees & Fines

Any animals picked up by an Animal Care Officer are transported to the Animal Shelter at 2032 Circle Road in Waco and placed on a 72 hour stray animal hold*.

*This is in hopes that the owner will have time to locate their animal. Remember, by reclaiming an animal that has been impounded, you are claiming ownership of that animal. You will be responsibly for any fees and fines associated.

NOTE: The first pickup for compliant pet (within 72 hours) at the shelter is NO CHARGE to you

COMPLIANT ANIMAL: Current on rabies vaccinations (bring proof with you), spayed or neutered and microchipped.

You will need a valid driver’s license or state issued ID to reclaim any impounded animal.

Daily Boarding Fee: $15 per day
Boarding Fees for Bite Quarantine (must be paid within 24 hours from the time the animal is quarantined): $20 per day

Vaccination Fees: $20 per cat, $30 per dog

Surrender Fee (non-compliant animal): $50 per animal
Surrender Fee (compliant animal): no charge
Surrender fee (with offspring less than 4 months of age):

  • Mother Dog and Puppies - base amount $50 plus
  • 0-4 puppies, $50 plus
  • 4-8 puppies, $50 additional
  • Mother Cat and Kittens - base amount $50 plus
  • 0-6 kittens, $50 plus
  • over 6 kittens, $50 plus

Owner requested euthanasia:

  • 0 - 25 lbs: $45
  • 26 lbs and over $65

Disposal fee: $30

Rabies Testing Fee: $100

Breeder Reclaim Fee: $125

Pickup Fees:

1st pickup for compliant pet (within 72 hours): no charge
1st pickup for non-compliant pet: $60
2nd pickup fee for compliant pet: $75
3rd pickup fee and all subsequent pickup fees: $150


Citations may also be issued for various Class “C” misdemeanor infractions of the animal ordinances. These fines are set by Municipal Court.

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