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Pet Licenses

A license is your pet's "ticket home" should he or she become lost.

Fewer than 3 percent of animals brought in to Animal Care and Control have identification. When a lost animal is found with current identification, our Animal Control Officers can quickly notify its owners that it is safely at the shelter.

License fees also pay for many vital services performed at the Animal Care and Control Center.

All dogs, cats and ferrets in the city must have a current license, renewed annually or triennially depending on the microchip status and vaccination schedule of the animal.  If you live outside the city limits of Fort Worth, please contact your city or local animal control office to learn more about licensing fees and procedures for your pet.

How to get a pet license

Licenses are available at the Animal Care and Control Center.

The costs to purchase a pet license are:

  • One-year license (microchipped pet with one-year rabies vaccination): $12
  • Three-year license (microchipped pet with three-year rabies vaccination): $12
  • One-year license (un-microchipped pet with one-year or three-year rabies vaccination): $36

To obtain a license by mail, send a copy of your pet's current rabies vaccination certificate (with microchip number, if applicable) and a check for the license fee to:

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control
4900 Martin St.
Fort Worth, TX 76119

If your pet has lost its license, you can purchase a replacement tag for $5 with a copy of your original license receipt.

Renewals are counted from your old license's expiration date.

Pet Microchips

Though not required in Fort Worth, microchipping your pet is the best way to make sure he or she gets home when lost.

Identification microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted under your pet's skin at the shoulder, and it can't be easily lost or removed like a collar tag. All microchips are listed in a database, making it easy for animal control to reunite pets and owners.

Microchips are available through TCAP, and owners who have their pets microchipped pay less for their annual or three-year pet license fee.


Animal Care & Control Administration
4900 Martin St. | 817-392-1234

Adoption Centers

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 and reclaims open at noon)
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Adoptions and reclaims 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.


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