The adoption center places animals in loving homes through animal placement groups and adoptions. The Animal Services Adoption Center is "The Best Place to Find Your Next Best Friend."
Field Services enforces state laws and local ordinances within the city limits of Abilene, protects public health from rabies, and educates the public on responsible pet issues.
The shelter provides care of stray, unwanted animals, and animals involved in cruelty and dangerous dog cases.
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Fourth of July Tips
4th of July celebrations might be a lot of fun for people, but they can be downright scary for our animals, especially cats, dogs and horses. The sights, sounds and commotion of Independence Day can confuse animals and make them nervous, which can cause them to run away or place themselves in harmful situations. Please be a Proactive Responsible Pet Owner:
Keep your animals safe with these tips:
- Place and identification tag on your animal or have your animal micro-chipped and registered
- Keep pets indoors and away from crowds so that they feel more protected.
- Animals that are already crate trained may feel safest in their crate.
- Consider boarding your animals in a safe place that is farther away from the holiday action. If you plan to travel during this time, boarding your animal might be a better option than leaving it at home.
- Your veterinarian may choose to prescribe a sedative for your animal if it tends to become easily spooked by the fireworks. Remember that your animal must be seen by a veterinarian in order to receive any prescribed medications.
- If you have horses, be sure to keep them inside barns or corralled and away from the sound of fireworks.
If your pet does become lost:
- Check the neighborhood (or area where the pet became lost), as pets have been known to be found close to home even several days later. Put up signs with your pet's photo and your phone number.
- Contact your microchip registration company. Once notified, they may activate a lost pet recovery network and/or place your lost pet on a "hot sheet."
- Contact your veterinarian. If your pet is wearing a rabies tag, the number can be traced to your veterinarian.
- Come to the City of Abilene Animal Shelter at 925 S. 25th (Or your City’s Shelter) or look on our website to view all animals that have been brought in. If possible, visit the shelter daily to see if your pet has been brought in.
- Place a lost pet ad in your local newspaper and/or online.
- Check the paper daily for "found pet" ads.
If you have any concerns or questions about helping your animal to make it calmly and safely through the 4th of July holiday, please talk to your veterinarian.