The Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare Department concentrates its efforts on reducing nuisances and dangers associated with stray animals, health-related hazards of animals, and insuring proper care of pets. These efforts focus on education programs, training of personnel, patrolling the City, and responding to concerned citizens. Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare Department personnel are subject to extensive professional training and college level courses on animals and animal care, investigations, management, public relations and criminal justice.

Animal Management & Welfare

The City of Amarillo: Animal Management & Welfare oversees the housing of strays, surrenders, and impoundments for welfare or those animals pending dangerous determination investigations. When the owners can be located the shelter also returns animals to their owners through the reclaim process. The Animal Management & Welfare Officers strive to educate animal owners on proper husbandry methods and enforce municipal code with regards to animal welfare. Animal Management Officers work side-by-side with the Amarillo Police Department to investigate and prosecute cases of neglect and cruelty when they rise to the level of the Texas Penal Code.

The Animal Management & Welfare Department and the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society have a unique joint partnership. Both entities are housed on the same complex but have two different but yet intertwined missions: both want to provide the most positive yet humane outcome for animals that come to the facility. Adhering to the nationally recognized Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare is the goal of both organizations.

The shelter has strict biosecurity protocols to help to keep the animals healthier which drastically increases the likelyhood of an animal having a positive outcome.

Upon intake of all adult dogs and appropriate age puppies they receive a DAPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza virus) and Bordetella Vaccine and are given a basic dewormer. On a case by case basis dogs and puppies receive an external treatment for fleas and ticks.

Upon intake of all adult cats and appropriate age kittens they receive a FVRCP (FVR Feline rhinotracheitis virus (feline herpesvirus 1), Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) also known as the “Feline Distemper” vaccine. On a case by case basis cats and kittens receive an external treatment fleas and ticks.

The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society has been serving Amarillo and the upper 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle since 1954. The goal of the Humane Society is to promote humane education and proper pet care and responsibility to the citizens of the Texas Panhandle. Our goal is to eliminate the needless euthanasia of adoptable animals at the shelter. The Humane Society offers many services to the community. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, they operate on donations which stay in the Panhandle area to benefit the animals here.

The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society is charged with conducting all adoptions of available animals within the facility, establishing relationships with reputable rescues, across the country, for transferring custody animals to them, and the fostering of animals with special needs. They are dedicated to this mission as neither entity wants to euthanize an animal.

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If a person is looking for their lost furry four legged family member then they need to come to the shelter which is located at 3501 S. Osage. Animals have three business days before they become the official property of the City of Amarillo. Animal owners must be responsible to prevent animals from entering the facility. After the three day stray period has expired animals may be legally adopted, transferred to a rescue organization, or very worst case scenario euthanized.

When people spay, neuter, and keep their animals from running loose

is when the animal overpopulation problem

can truly begin to be addressed.


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