Animal Care & Control
Wild Animal Facts
As the City of Fort Worth grows, more and more residents report sightings of a variety of wild animals in and near their neighborhoods — everything from coyotes to bobcats to feral hogs and even alligators. Citizens are advised to keep a safe distance from any strange animal and call Animal Care and Control at 817-392-PAWS (7297) to report any contact.
Choose a fact sheet below to download information about animals residents may encounter:
Animal Complaint Resources
Small Domestic Pets
Animal Care & Control- Handles issues involving small domestic pets (dogs, cats, pocket pets) small nuisance wildlife (raccoons, opossums, skunks, squirrels, snakes), cruelty issues involving all types of animals, and animal bites involving all animals. To Report Call: 817-392-PAWS (7297) or use the online form.
Large Animals and Fowl
Code Compliance- Handles zoning and property size compliance issues for large animals (horses, cattle, goats) and fowl (chickens, roosters, pigeons). To Report Call: 817-392-CODE (2633) or use the CodeOps system online.
Solid Waste- Handles the pickup and removal of small dead animals on City streets or on private property after it has been placed on the curb in a plastic bag. To Report Call: 817-392- EASY (3279) or visit use the online form.
Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department- Handles issues concerning loose livestock (horses, cattle, goats, pigs, etc.) within the city limits of Fort Worth. To Report Call: 817-884-1212 or visit the Tarrant County website.
- Position Paper: Increasing Live Outcomes at the Fort Worth Animal Shelter
- The daily challenge to save all shelter pets
Animal Care & Control Administration
4900 Martin St. | 817-392-PAWS (7297)
Animal Care & Control Center
4900 Martin St.
Fort Worth, TX 76119
- Sunday & Monday: 1–4 p.m. (Owner Reclaim Services Only)
- Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (Adoptions open at Noon)
- Saturday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Adoptions open at Noon)
PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers
4800 SW Loop 820
Fort Worth, TX 76109
817-731-4353 ext. 7
2901 Texas Sage Trail
Fort Worth, TX 76177
- Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
- Sunday, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.