Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Download: Ordinance for Animals and Fowl
Craig C. Cantey Adoption Center
Donald G. Austin Memorial Animal Shelter
2007 Old Chappell Hill Road
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The City of Brenham operates the Donald G. Austin Memorial Animal
Shelter as well as the Craig C. Cantey Adoption Center. The shelter
is used for temporary housing for animals, while the adoption center
holds those animals available for adoption.
The Adoption Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Brenham Humane Services typically houses dogs and cats; however, sometimes there are other animals available for adoption. To view animals that are available for adoption, go to petfinder.
The City is responsible for animal control and has adopted an ordinance to regulate the keeping of animals and fowls within the city to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public as is provided by state law. To read that ordinance, click here. To go to the Animal Control page, click here.
The City of Brenham Animal Control Department is responsible for protecting the health and safety of the citizens and their pets that reside in the city limits.
Animal Control officers are available to respond to calls for service Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They may respond to calls after 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays for emergencies only; those emergencies consist of an animal bite, picking up injured animals that are still alive and assisting with animals in a vehicle where the driver is placed under arrest or has been involved in an accident.
Animal Control Officers provide a variety of services to the citizens of Brenham including:
- Picking up stray/at large animals
- Answering calls concerning suspected abuse or cruelty to animals
- Animal Bites
- Injured animals
- Livestock issues
- Trapping wild/feral animals
- Assisting in after hour emergency calls
One of the primary missions of Animal Control is rabies prevention. Brenham Animal Control has a dedicated staff of Officers whose main focus is investigating animal bite cases. Every animal bite or scratch should be reported for the safety of the victim. The victim should seek medical attention from a family doctor, or emergency room. These animal bites can be reported 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
State law requires that all domestic animals over the age of four months be vaccinated for rabies. The City requires all animals to be vaccinated and licensed on an annual basis. Licenses are available through the Brenham Humane Services and the local veterinary clinics.