The department has an Animal Control Division that consists of one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, and four Animal Control Officers. The Animal Control Officers handle over 100 animals monthly. The officers also handle complaints from the general public and issue citations for ordinance violations. These complaints are received at 432-264-2372 and only emergency calls are handled after 5:00 p.m. Along with the duties within the city the officers also respond into Howard County at the request of the Howard County Sheriff’s Department. Animal Control requests in the county have to be requested through Howard County Sheriff’s Office at 432-264-2244.
The Animal Control Division has several small and large animal traps to loan to local residents. At this time residents are placed on a waiting list for the traps. When a trap becomes available the Animal Control Officer will assist in setting up and demonstrating the traps operation.
Fees for Unaltered Animals
First time pick-up of animal - $ 30.00
Fees for Altered Animals
First time pick-up of animal - $15.00
Other Shelter Service Fees
Rabies vaccinations - $ 15.00
Please call Big Spring/Howard County Dispatch Center at 432-264-2550.
It is against Big Spring city ordinance to sell animals in public places.
Yes, All pets adopted from the Big Spring Animal Control Shelter MUST be spayed or neutered per state law. Failure to do so will result in a citation.
Cat and wildlife live traps may be requested by contacting Animal Control at: 432-264-2372. An Animal Control Officer will then come to your location and place the live trap. When an animal is caught in the trap an Animal Control officer will again come to your location and remove the animal.
Dogs and cats that are not identifiable (collar, microchip, etc..) will be held for 72 hours. Dogs and cats that are identifiable will also be held for 72 hours and shelter personnel will then attempt to locate the animals owner or place the animal.
Yes, you can call Animimal Control at: 432-264-2372 to see if any animal matching the description of your pet have been impounded. You can also check the Big Spring Police Department website Animal Control Photo Gallery at: http://www.bigspringpd.net/index.php/animal-control-photo-gallery (images are updated daily)
Notify Animal Control of the location of the barking dog at 432-264-2372 during normal business hours or 432-264-2550 after hours. and an officer will go to that location and speak with the owners of the dog.
Within the city limits you are allowed to have a total of 8 pets or more before requiring a city permit.
Contact a local pest control company for those type of issues.
For citizens that live outside Big Spring city limits the Animal Control Division at the Howard County Law Enforcement Center can provide you with Howard County Regulations on dogs and cats. Forsan & Coahoma will need to check with appropriate City Hall for applicable ordinances.
Visit the City of Big Spring Animal Shelter located at 3605 E. 11th. Place between 1pm & 4pm, then bring required paperwork to the Howard County Law Enforcement Center located at 3613 W. Hwy 80 to complete the adoption process.
The kennel number of the animal you wish to adopt and payment for the adoption.
Please refer to Chapter 3 Article 9 of the Big Spring Code Of Ordinances -Animals.
All deceased animals MUST be properly disposed of as refered to in Article 5 Sec. 3-22(k) of the Big Spring Code Of Ordinances -Animals. Requests for disposal of small animals can be made by contacting the City Of Big Spring Animal Control Division.
|ASPCA - Pet Care|
|MyChildSafety.com - Animal Safety For Kids|
|Centers For Disease Control and Prevention - Healthy Pets Healthy People|
|Texas Dept. of State Health Services - Zoonosis Diseases
(Diseases transmissible from animal to humans)
|Big Spring Animal Control--Animal Disposition Stats (2009-July 23, 2016)|
|Live Animal Counts|
|Dogs Picked Up||947||1132||1151||968||1132||857||793||525|
|Dogs Dropped Off||369||439||503||433||318||326||360||192|
|Cats Picked Up||840||852||865||637||784||667||646||373|
|Cats Dropped Off||213||104||88||387||41||58||105||74|
|Owner Release for Euthanasia|
|Released to Owner|
|Released to Rescue|
|Total Live Animals Picked Up|
|Number Released (RTO, Rescue, Adoption)|
|Percentage Live Released|
|Dogs||25.55%||19.86%||22.36%||30.50%||45.53%||64.80%||89.13%||90.88%||*includes euths for sick/injured|
|Cats||4.06%||1.67%||4.14%||9.23%||17.06%||25.33%||38.99%||38.25%||*includes euths for sick/injured|
|2009-2015 Animals Picked Up|