Ft. Worth Animal Ordinances

Did you know?

The city of Ft. Worth, TX has requirements for vaccinations, microchipping, and spay & neuter.   Let’s take a look at each of these Ft. Worth Animal Ordinance requirements:

Rabies Vaccination

All dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age.  They need to receive a booster 12 months after the initial vaccination. They must be vaccinated at least once every three years.

At TCAP, we offer rabies vaccinations for dogs and rabies vaccinations for cats at just $5.  No appointment required.

Why are rabies vaccinations important?  Rabies is a preventable contagious disease that causes brain and spinal cord inflammation.  It typically results in death.


According to Article V, Section 6-17, all dogs and cats over the age of four (4) months must have a microchip.  Owners must maintain registration with a Microchipping company.

TCAP offers microchipping for dogs and microchipping for cats through the HomeAgain company for $30.  No appointment is required for Microchipping.

Microchipping allows for the easy identification, and often the return, of a lost dog or cat.  A microchip is a device about the size of a grain of rice.  It is implanted under your pets skin and can be scanned to retrieve information.  Unlike a tag, microchips cannot fall off.

Ft. Worth Spay & Neuter

According to Section 16-434, all dogs and cats of the age of six (6) months must be spay or neutered.  The exceptions to this requirement is if the animal has an intact permit.

Why Spay and Neuter?  Spaying and neutering your pet not only helps prevent unwanted litters but also can lessen the chance that your pet develops certain cancers, can reduce roaming, aggression, and increase your pet’s lifespan by 3-5 years.

TCAP provides dog spay and neuter services starting at $55.  Cat spay and neuter services start at $35.  Appointments are required for spay and neuter surgeries.  They can be made by clicking below.