Animal Services

The Hamilton Animal Control is a division of the Hamilton Public Works Department. This division combines under the Public Works Department to provide support to Streets, Water, and Sewer when emergencies arise.

Irresponsible pet ownership and pet over-population are the main reasons that any animal control agency exists. Pets can provide significant benefits for families. When pets are not properly cared for, they can become not only a nuisance, but also a threat to the health and safety of neighbors.

The Animal Control division balances the health, safety, and welfare needs of people and animals within the City of Hamilton.



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About the Animal Shelter

The City of Hamilton Animal Shelter facility is located at 700 N Loyd St. The shelter provides humane care for animals impounded until they are returned to their owner, adopted to a new family, or humanely euthanized.

Animal Control Officer – Kelli Fenley

Public Works Director

700 N Loyd St
Hamilton, TX 76230

Phone: 254-386-8116

Monday – Friday
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

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More Information

For nuisance wildlife (i.e., raccoons or squirrels in an attic) Animal Control makes available humane live animal traps. Persons interested in using one of our traps may be required to place a security deposit of $40. To use a trap please fill out the Small Animal Trap Policy form and visit City Hall at 200 E Main St with a deposit.  Click Small Animal Trap Form to download the Live Trap Form.

If you are a resident of the City of Hamilton, Animal Control will deliver and setup the trap. Traps are allowed to be rented for a one-week period. If an animal is caught in a trap, immediately call for a pick up at 254-386-8116. Place the trap out of direct sunlight (for those hot summer days) or cover the trap with a blanket (for those cold winter days); an animal control officer will pick up the trap and replace it with an empty trap if needed and available.

Animals are available for adoption! Please contact City Hall at 254-386-8116 if you seek to adopt an animal. Animals that are impounded at the City of Hamilton Animal Control Shelter and wearing a current city license tag will be held for five (5) days prior to their disposition. During those 5 days, effort will be made to contact the owner. Any animal unclaimed at the expiration of the prescribed period shall become the property of the City and disposed of at the discretion of the City. Animals without proper city license tag and not redeemed by its owner within five (5) days from its capture and impoundment may be given to a nonprofit humane organization, placed for adoption, or humanely destroyed. If you have lost your dog, please fill out the Lost Dog Information Sheet and e-mail to City Hall.

Adoption Regulations
A person may adopt from the City of Hamilton Animal Control Shelter providing:
– Proof of sterilization of the animal is given to City Hall (sterilization is only required if the adopter resides within the City of Hamilton.)
– The adopter pays fees related to rabies vaccination.

The City of Hamilton Ordinance, Chapter 6, Article III, Section 6-108, requires all dogs to be licensed with a City of Hamilton Animal License. An animal license is not only required, but allows Animal Control to return any pet bearing a license to its owner.

To obtain an animal license for your pet, bring your pets current rabies vaccination certificate to the City Hall, located at 200 E Main St, and pay the required licensing fee of $5.

The City of Hamilton’s Animal Code is located in the Hamilton Code of Ordinances Chapter 6.

Every dog shall be vaccinated for rabies by the time the animal reaches four (4) months of age and annually thereafter. An annual license fee shall also be paid for each dog kept within the city. Proof of a rabies inoculation shall be provided at the time of registration for a license.

Application for initial issuance or renewals of each registration must be made by the owner in writing or in person at City Hall, and be accompanied by a fee of $5. For complete ordinance rules and regulations please refer to the Hamilton Code of Ordinances.