Statement- The city of Hutchins animal services goal is to encourage responsible pet ownership by offering licensing programs, field enforcement services and educating the public. The care of stray and unwanted animals and the eradication of rabies from the city's animal population are critical to successful operation. We provide services to Hutchins residents for the following:

  • Stray animals
  • Animal Bites
  • Wildlife\exotics
  • Nuisances (Barking, odor)
  • Loose livestock
  • Injured animals
  • Deceased animal pickup



 1) How do I surrender my pet?

Owners who want to surrender their pet can contact Animal services during the following hours:

Monday – Friday from 8am – 4pm

Please bring current medical records of the animal if available and proof of Hutchins residency (drivers license, utility bill, housing rental contract, etc.)

Owner Surrender Fee: The City of Hutchins charges a $20.00 owner surrender fee.  The fee is utilized to offset the cost of housing and care for pets placed in our care, which can range between $28.00 – $41.00 per day. 

Hutchins Animal Services tries to find homes for every suitable animal entering our shelter, but we can never guarantee the placement of any animal.  For this reason, we ask that you use Hutchins Animal Services as a last resort, after you have exhausted all other attempts to find your pet an alternative suitable permanent home.  The transfer of ownership to the City of Hutchins is final and irrevocable once the animal has been surrendered.

 2) How old should my pet be before its first rabies vaccination?

4 Months old

3) How many animals can I have?

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor more than three (3) adult dogs, six (6) cats, or six (6) adult ferrets, or any combination thereof in any residential district. A person shall be permitted to keep only one litter of dogs or cats per residence.

4) Do I need to register my pet with the city?

Yes, just bring proof of rabies vaccination, and the registration fee of $30.00 to City hall at 321 N. Main ST. Hutchins, TX 75141 .

5) How do I go about adopting a new pet?

Adoptions are handled through Lancaster Animal Shelter.

6) What types of items can I donate for the animals?

We accept all donations such as metal food and water bowls, dog food, and medicines for the animals.  Donations we are currently needing include: Laundry soap (Arm&Hammer), bleach, paper towels, and dawn dish soap.  We are extremely grateful for all donations as every little bit helps tremendously.

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