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The City of Allen has specific ordinances related to animals and fowl. They are outlined in Chapter 3 of the city’s Code of Ordinances.

The Animal Control Division primarily receives questions about nuisance-related ordinances, including:

A person commits an offense if the keeping of any animal causes loud and unusual barking, howling or other noise that disturbs the peace and quiet of any person of ordinary sensibilities. A person who is disturbed by an animal may file a complaint with Animal Control. The owner will then be notified of the complaint, either in person or by mail, and given suggestions to keep the animal from disturbing the neighboring residences.

Running At Large Dog
Dogs are prohibited from running loose within city limits. Failure to keep the dog confined by a building, wall or fence of sufficient strength, height or construction to restrain the animal may result in the dog being impounded by Animal Control and/or the owner issued citations. All dogs are required to display a collar with rabies vaccination and city registration tags at all times. 

Running At Large Cat
Persistent laxness in the supervision of cats so that their running at large results in an unreasonable disturbance to a person or persons is prohibited. Cats may be impounded if a complaint is received that the cat has caused a nuisance or hazard to the health or welfare of humans or the animal population. All cats are required to display a collar with rabies vaccination and city registration tags at all times. 

Pooper Scooper Law
It is unlawful for the owner to permit or allow an animal to defecate upon public or private property and fail to remove and dispose of - in a sanitary manner - any feces left by such animal. Learn more about the impact of pet waste to our storm water system.

Rabies Vaccination
All dogs and cats four months of age or older are required to be vaccinated for rabies. Animals must receive a booster within twelve months of their first vaccination. Every animal must be re-vaccinated against rabies at least once every three years. A licensed veterinarian must do the rabies vaccination. A rabies vaccination certificate and rabies tag will be issued after the vaccination. The tag should immediately be placed on the animal's collar.

Pot Bellied Pigs and Pygmy Goats
Pot bellied pigs and pygmy goats are not allowed in the City of Allen.

Report a Violation
The Animal Control Division can be contacted at 214.509.4378 to report a violation related to the above ordinances or any referenced in Chapter 3 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.

Contact Information
Allen Animal Shelter
770 S. Allen Heights Dr.
Allen, Texas 75002
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Phone: 214.509.4378


Facility Hours:
Mon - Fri - 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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