Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the animal shelter located?Answer
203 Harrison Drive, Texarkana, Arkansas 870-773-6388
Can I chain my dog in Texarkana, Texas?Answer
No, it is unlawful for a person to restrain a dog with a chain or tether unless the person is holding the chain or tether. A person temporarily restraining a dog with a chain or tether shall attach the chain or tether to a properly fitting collar or harness worn by the dog. A person may not wrap a chain or tether directly around a dog's neck. A person may not restrain a dog with a chain or tether that weighs more than one-eighth (1/8) of the dog's body weight. Temporary restraint is only allowed during a lawful animal event, such as walking on a leash, cleaning a dog pen, veterinary treatment, grooming, training, or law enforcement activity; or temporary restraint required to protect the safety or welfare of a person or the dog, if the dog's owner or handler remains with the dog throughout the period of restraint.
Does Texarkana, Texas have a "leash law"?Answer
Yes, any dog, livestock, or fowl may not be allowed to run at large within the limits of the city at any time. All dogs must be within an adequate fence, house, garage, or other enclosure of at least 150 sf, or the owner of the dog must have the dog on a leash attached to a properly fitted collar and held by a person competent to control the dog or dogs from running at large. All livestock or fowl must be contained within an enclosure capable of preventing the entry of the general public and capable of preventing the escape of the livestock or fowl.
No one owning, possessing or keeping a dog shall allow the dog to run at large within the City of Texarkana.
Any cat running at large within the city must at all times wear a collar bearing that cat's city registration tag and rabies vaccination tag.
How long are animals kept when impounded by Animal Services?Answer
Impounded animals shall be held for three (3) days after the date of impoundment except any animal wearing a current rabies vaccination tag or a current city license tag shall be held for seven (7) days.
Animals willingly surrendered by their owners become the property of the Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center and require no holding period.
What happens to an impounded animal if unclaimed?Answer
If the owner of an impounded animal does not redeem it within the period of impoundment, the animal shall become the property of the city and shall be placed for adoption, transferred to a bona fide rescue organization or humanely destroyed when necessary.
How many dogs, cats or ferrets can I keep?Answer
You can have five (5) common household pets of any combination, not including animals under four (4) months of age.
When I see an animal running loose what should I do?Answer
Call 903-798-3971, Texarkana, Texas Animal Services and an officer will respond.
Can Texarkana, Texas residents residing within the city limits use the Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center?Answer
Residents can contact Texarkana, Texas Animal Services at 903-798-3971 to surrender an animal that can no longer be cared for, or to pick up stray animals at no cost. Animals willingly surrendered by their owners become the property of the Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center and require no holding period.
Residents can also adopt an animal from the shelter for a fee established by the Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center.
What does it cost to adopt an animal?Answer
Any animal unwanted or unclaimed by the owner may be adopted by the following fee schedule plus the cost to spay/neuter:
All fees set by the Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center and are subject to change. Please contact their office directly for more information 870-773-6388.
Are dogs or cats required to be registered or licensed by the city?Answer
Yes, all dogs, cats, and ferrets three (3) months of age or older shall, at no cost, register the animal with the city to ensure rapid return to the owner if circumstances warrant. City registration shall be in conjunction with an animal's rabies schedule, either one (1) year or (3) years. Current rabies vaccination certificate must be submitted upon registration. The rabies vaccination certificate shall include the name and address of the applicant, a description of the animal, and proof of a current rabies vaccination. The license tag must be securely attached to the collar or harness of the animal and worn at all times. To get a license you must go to the Environmental Services Unit located in the Texarkana Bowie County Health Department at 902 West 12th Street. 903-798-3971
What does it cost to reclaim my pet?Answer
Any animal impounded may be reclaimed upon payment by the owner to the Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) per day for each day an animal is kept. If the animal is impounded as part of a bite case, the fee is twelve dollars ($12.00) per day for each day the animal is kept. Animals found running at large must be released by Animal Services. Texarkana, Texas residents please contact Animal Services at 903-798-3971. The cost to reclaim a pet does not include fines associated with any citation received.
Is there a spay/neuter law when adopting an animal from the Shelter?Answer
All animals adopted from the City operated shelter or a City partner must be spayed or neutered within thirty (30) days or when the animal reaches the age of six (6) months.
Can I sell or give away animals in a public place?Answer
No, It is unlawful to sell, barter, trade, lease, give away, or otherwise convey ownership of any live animal on any parking lot, right of way, roadside, garage sale, flea market, or other area generally accessed by the public within the City limits; except that any non-profit animal welfare or the City conduct adoption of animals.
Am I allowed to keep any Wild or Wild-Hybrid pets?Answer
No, it is unlawful to own, possess, keep or harbor any wild or wild-hybrid animal within the City limits.
If an animal is declared vicious, can the animal be kept in the City limits?Answer
It is unlawful to own, possess, keep or harbor any vicious animals in the City limits.
Are swine allowed in the City limits?Answer
No, it is unlawful to keep any swine in the City limits.
Can I keep livestock or fowl in the City limits?Answer
It is unlawful for any person to own keep, or harbor any livestock or fowl within the City limits if property is not defined as a farm or ranch pursuant to City zoning and ordinances. If property is so zoned, livestock or fowl housing must be a minimum of 300 feet from any adjoining tract of land or property line. Livestock pens, stables, corrals, or enclosures and fences shall be capable of preventing the entry of the general public and capable of preventing the escape of the livestock or fowl or allowing the livestock or fowl to run at large. The following per acre limits apply to the keeping of livestock or fowl in any combination of species:
- One (1) adult horse, mule, donkey, or other animal of like kind or cow per acre,
- Three (3) adult goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, ostriches, or emus per acre; and
- Ten (10) adult rabbits, chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, geese, or ducks per acre.