Pet Adoption Policies
Adoption Policies & Procedures
The city’s Animal Adoption Center usually has a variety of potential pets from which you and your family may choose. Our dogs and cats come in all shapes, sizes, breeds, ages, and colors; and they are all looking for good homes. All of these animals were either released to the city by their previous owner or have become the property of the city due to pet owners not reclaiming the animals within three business days of impoundment at the facility. The person adopting a new animal from the facility must be 18 years or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Fees & Related Services
Animals are available for adoption at the City of Farmers Branch Animal Adoption Center for a minimal fee of $85. Special discounts are provided to address overcrowding or capacity issues and for special adoption events. The fees include sterilization (if applicable), rabies and some other vaccinations, microchip, and health evaluation at a local participating veterinarian clinic.
Payments & Refunds
Cash, debit and credit cards are accepted. Adopters of puppies and kittens that are up for adoption and are not yet sterilized must submit a $100 deposit that is held until the animal is sterilized and vaccinated for rabies. Credit card payments received toward the $100 deposit will be held (not deposited) if the pet owner provides proof of sterilization and rabies vaccination by the date set forth in the sterilization/vaccination agreement. Refundable deposits paid in cash will be refunded by a City issued check which will be mailed within 30 days of the City being provided proof of sterilization and rabies vaccination. Citations will be issued for each violation of the signed sterilization/vaccination agreement.
Redeeming a Lost Pet
If you are redeeming a lost pet, you must be 18 years or older or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The impoundment fee starts at $20 for the first day and $5 for each additional day for sterilized animals, and proof of current rabies vaccination is required prior to redemption. Unsterilized animals require an additional $75 unsterilized animal redemption fee and proof of current rabies vaccination.
In lieu of the $75 unsterilized animal redemption fee, the redeeming pet owner may sign a sterilization / vaccination agreement . Citations will be issued for each violation of the signed sterilization/vaccination agreement.
Note About Surrenders
For any Farmers Branch resident that is surrendering their pet to the Adoption Center there is a $20 intake / surrender fee for each animal surrendered.