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Animal Services

Please note: domestic animals are not at risk or a risk to humans due to COVID-19. As always, please include your pets in your emergency plans. Keep extra food, collar, and vaccination history on hand, and create an alternative shelter plan for your pet should you become too sick to care for them.

Animal Control Hours
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
After hours call - 979-277-7373

A guide of what to do if you find a dog: 


What to do if you find a kitten: 


Learn about Pet Adoption


The City of Brenham Animal Services Department operates the Brenham Pet Adoption Center. We are responsible for Animal Control services for the City of Brenham and are under the direction of the Brenham Police Department. The Brenham Pet Adoption Center houses only dogs and cats that are available for adoption or are in holding, waiting to go into the adoption program.

The staff of the Brenham Animal Services Department consists of:

  • The Animal Services Supervisor Allison Harper
  • Animal Services Specialist
  • Animal Control Officers - 2
  • Full-Time Animal Shelter Assistants - 3
  • Numerous Volunteers

After hours, call Washington County Dispatch at 979-277-7373.
Animal Control Officers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for after-hours call-outs for animal bites, stray animals that have been contained, injured animals that are still alive, and assisting with animals in a vehicle where the driver is placed under arrest or has been involved in an accident.


  • Adoption $95.00
  • City License $18.00 (lifetime license) Unaltered: $30.00 must provide current rabies vaccination annually. A license may be purchased at the shelter or local veterinarians.
  • Replacement License Tag $1.00
  • Microchipping $10.00

Impound Fees

  • First Confinement $25.00
  • Second Confinement $50.00
  • Third Confinement $100.00
  • Fourth Confinement $200.00 (fines continue to double for each additional confinement)
  • Boarding Fees Brenham Animal Services will NOT board animals for the general public.
  • Board for impounded animal $10.00 per night.
  • Animal Surrender Fee: $25.00
  • Rabies Quarantine $150.00, Rabies Testing $150.00
  • Multi Animal Permit Fee $25.00
  • Dangerous Dog License $100.00

You may only have 4 total animals, cats and dogs, without a multi-animal permit. Multi-Animal permits are only issued after inspection by an animal control officer and are issued at their discretion.

The mission of the City of Brenham Animal Services Department is to provide temporary housing for animals waiting for adoption into their forever homes and to provide Animal Control Services to the City of Brenham.

The City requires all animals to be vaccinated and licensed on an annual basis. Licenses are available through Brenham Animal Services and the local veterinary clinics.

  • All Dogs and Cats over four (4) months of age must be licensed
  • City licenses are valid for 1 year (expire the same date as the animals' rabies vaccination).
  • Unaltered Pet License - If your pet has not been spayed or neutered the license and fees must be renewed annually.
  • Altered Pet License - spayed/ neutered pets require an initial license and fee. Annual renewals of the license will be free of charge pending rabies vaccination.

Animal Control
The City of Brenham Animal Control Department is responsible for protecting the health and safety of the citizens and their pets that reside in the city limits.

Animal Control officers are available to respond to calls for service Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They may respond to calls after 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays for emergencies only; those emergencies consist of an animal bite, picking up injured animals that are still alive and assisting with animals in a vehicle where the driver is placed under arrest or has been involved in an accident.

Animal Control Officers provide a variety of services to the citizens of Brenham including:

  • Picking up stray/at large animals
  • Answering calls concerning suspected abuse or cruelty to animals
  • Animal Bites
  • Injured animals
  • Livestock issues
  • Trapping wild/feral animals
  • Assisting in after hour emergency calls

Rabies Prevention
One of the primary missions of Animal Control is rabies prevention. Brenham Animal Control has a dedicated staff of Officers whose main focus is on investigating animal bite cases. Every animal bite or scratch should be reported for the safety of the victim. The victim should seek medical attention from a family doctor, or emergency room. These animal bites can be reported 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

State law requires that all domestic animals over the age of four months be vaccinated for rabies. The City requires all animals to be vaccinated and licensed on an annual basis. Licenses are available through Brenham Animal Services and the local veterinary clinics.

Pet Care

  • Being a responsible pet owner is much more than just providing adequate water, food, and shelter for your pet. Domestic pets are completely dependent on their owners for their welfare.
  • Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment. If you can't commit, don't get the pet.
  • Choose a pet that fits your lifestyle. Don't get a high energy dog, if you don't have the time to exercise him. If you can't afford to groom or can't do the grooming yourself, pick a low maintenance dog.
  • Spay or neuter your pets. There are too many homeless animals without adding to the problem.
  • Don't make your dog a "backyard dog". Dogs strive for companionship and need to be with their owner.
  • Be aware of weather conditions. Leaving your dog in the car on a hot day or in the yard without shade or water is risking your dog's life.
  • Make sure your home is "pet" safe. Pesticides, medications, household cleaners, and some houseplants can be deadly to your pet. Keep them out of reach.
  • Provide veterinary care for your pet. Keep their vaccinations up to date and make sure they have annual checkups.
  • Keep identification tag on your pet... it is your pet's ticket back home. Both dogs and cats need ID!! Microchipping is good too, but an external tag is essential, it could mean the difference of your neighbor returning your pet to you or turning him into the pound!
  • Obedience train and socialize your animal.
  • Don't let your pets run loose. Dogs should be walked on leashes.
  • Provide your pet the proper diet. Obesity can be as deadly as malnutrition.
  • Make sure your pet gets the proper amount of exercise.
  • Take extra precautions during holidays like the Fourth of July. It is the scariest time for pets; make sure your pets are secure indoors. Also, protect your pet during Halloween.
  • Be kind to your pet and show him/her with love... remember you are their world.
  • Take special care of your pet during their senior years.

Losing a Pet

Losing your pet is stressful - both for you and your pet. Please include your local animal shelter and all veterinary clinics in your search for your pet. If your dog/cat is licensed or microchipped; we will attempt to contact you so you can be reunited with your pet. It is vitally important any phone numbers connected to your pet's license or microchip are on file and up to date.

Other things you can do to find your pet:

  • Post flyers in the neighborhood
  • Ask your neighbors, mail carrier, or any other person in the neighborhood if they've seen your pet
  • Place an ad in your local paper.
  • Check your local newspaper in the "found" section