Everman Animal Shelter
3961 Bluebell Street
Everman, Texas 76140
The Everman Animal Shelter is looking for good, loving families willing to foster an animal in their home. This gives the animal a chance to leave the shelter and adapt to home life. All food and vet care is provided by the Animal Shelter while the animal is in a foster home so all you have to provide is love and attention. If you are interested in fostering an animal or have questions, you may pick up an application at the Animal Shelter, or give us a call at 817-561-5495.
Come by the Everman Animal Shelter to adopt a new Furbaby! We are always looking for people who love animals to come by and adopt these precious animals! If you already own a pet/pets, please bring a copy of their current rabies vaccination and you may purchase a tag for only $4.00 per pet. Remember, you may contact the shelter at 817-561-5495 with any questions or concerns you might have. We are located at 3961 Bluebell Dr. in Everman.
Message from ACO
As we all know, Texas weather can change in a matter of minutes. But just because the weather changes doesn’t mean the law should be ignored. Texas Law (TX Penal Code 42.092) requires all outside animals to be provided shelter consisting of three solid walls and a solid roof. A simple dog house you build is sufficient, provided your pet has full access to it at all times. I am receiving more and more complaints about animals being left outside without any sort of shelter. A carport, patio or lean-to will not do. We at Animal Services would like to see compliance with the law rather than write tickets for ignorance. We will write the tickets if we have to. State Law (TX Health and Safety Code 821.077) requires that any outside pet be brought inside out of the cold if the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. As some of you know, I have changed my schedule to include at least one night shift per week to help meet with residents who are unavailable during the day, so I will be checking backyards for compliance!
If you have any questions, please contact us at the shelter at 817-561-5495.
Martin Zeider , Animal Control Officer
Abandoment of Animals
At the Animal Control Shelter, there have been a lot of problems with citizens dumping their animals off or just dumping strays off after hours. Just so all of the residents know, it is AGAINST THE LAW to abandon an animal and if you are caught, charges will be pressed against you. Even if you tie them up or throw them in a box and leave them at the door, it is a crime. Most of the animals that are left at the shelter after hours end up injuring themselves and some have even died from strangulation and suffocation. Abandoning an animal is not fair to the animals that can’t defend themselves.
If you have an animal that you no longer want, all you have to do is contact the Animal Control Shelter at 817/561-5495 and leave a message. There is a fee for the pickup of an animal, but between a pickup fee or charges pressed for abandonment, we believe it would be easier just to pay the pickup fee.
Remember, if you have any questions regarding the well being of your pet, please contact your local Animal Control at 817/561-5495 or a local veterinarian.
To report animal cruelty or neglect in your community:
- Call your local law enforcement agency.
- Call your local humane society or SPCA.
- Be persistent until action is taken!
- Keep a record of whom you contact, the date of the contacts, and the content
and outcome of your discussions with each of them.
- Contact your local prosecutor’s office. Demand an investigation and prosecution.
Remember: CRUELTY IS A CRIME!
Everyday, there are things you can do to be animals’ best friends:
- Encourage friends and neighbors to join you in donating food, blankets, towels and time to your local animal shelter.
- Avoid purchasing products that are not cruelty-free.
- Share your love for animals and how to properly care for them with children — our greatest legacy will be a more animal-friendly world.
- f you read about animal abuse in your local newspaper, write a letter to the editor and encourage aggressive enforcement of anti-cruelty laws.
- Write to your local prosecutor and demand aggressive enforcement of state anti-cruelty laws. Prosecutors are elected officials; let the prosecutor know that your vote will go to the candidate who is serious about combating cruelty.
Beware of Animal Abusers Posing as Rescuers!
If you are looking for a new home for your companion animal, make sure he or she ends up in a permanent and loving home. Don’t turn your companion over to just any animal “rescuer”. Some individuals post as “rescuers” to obtain animals for illegal, cruel, or inhumane purposes, such as lab research, dog fighting, and animal sacrifice.
Here’s what you can do:
- Call your local animal shelter for reputable organizations in your area (check your yellow pages under “Animal Shelter,” “SPCA” or “Humane Society.”
- Post your pets on line. Go to www.Petfinder.com. There is a link titled “Classified,” click on “Post a Pet” and list your pet. Check their “Wanted” section for a new home.
- When visiting Petfinder.com, check out their library for “Tips for finding the best home for your pet.”
- Ask your family, friends, business associates, school, and vets to see if they can help.
- Beware of rescues that promise to find all pets a new home, or ones that say your pet is going to a “farm.” Unfortunately, a “farm” oasis where your pet can live out its life simply doesn’t exist.
- Ask for references. Legitimate rescue/adoption agencies will be happy to give out references, and will have no problem giving out the name of their veterinarian.
- Ask a lot of questions. Phony “rescuers” get nervous when people start asking questions. Get an address where your pet will be housed until it’s adopted. Ask the agency for the location of where it holds adoptions, and visit that location before giving them your pet. Stay away from any “rescuer” who offers to come to your house to pick up your pet, charges exorbitant sums for taking your animal, or is evasive about answering any of your questions.
As of September 2012, any citizen wanting a cat trap will be required to pick one up at the Everman Animal Control facility at 3961 Bluebell. A deposit of $80 is required and will be refunded when the trap is returned. The traps may be kept for up to one week. If no traps are available, your name will be put on the waiting list and as soon as one is available, we will call you. You will then have 24 hours to pick it up, or at least call us, and give the deposit. This has actually been our policy since the beginning, but we have strayed from it. We have had a multitude of traps go missing or stolen and are now down to our last two traps.
Why Spay or Neuter?
- Did you know that a spayed or neutered (sterilized) animal is better behaved?
- Did you know that a spayed or neutered animal will live a longer, healthier life?
- Did you know that you can help prevent the suffering and death of millions of animals?
Many states and counties have established low-cost spay/neuter programs that make the surgery affordable. Many cities also offer reduced licensing fees for owners of spayed and neutered pets. To find a low-cost program near you, call your local humane society or shelter, or call toll-free (800) 248-SPAY.
If you have any questions regarding spaying and neutering of your animal(s), please
contact the shelter at 817-561-5495.
Animal Services Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I need to get my animal registered with the City?
A: A current Rabies Vaccination Certificate ($4.00).
Q: What qualifies as an animal control emergency?
A: A dog/cat bite, vicious animal, injured animal.
Q: How can I adopt a pet?
A: First, fill out an adoption application. We have to make sure the animal is going to a home with the requirements needed for the animal?s welfare. Second, after approval, a Sterilization Contract (available at animal shelter) needs to be filled out. Third, payment of the adoption fee.
Ordinances and Laws
Creating a Health Hazard
Any person who shall harbor or keep on their premises or in or about a premises under their control, any dog, cat or pet animal, and who shall allow their premises to become a hazard to the general health and welfare of the community or who shall allow their premises to give off noxious or offensive odors due to the activity or presence of such animals shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
Abandonment of Animals
It shall be unlawful to leave any animal in a place without proper food, water and shelter for any period of time. Any person who might leave an animal at a City Animal Shelter when no animal control staff is present shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
Animals at Large
It shall be unlawful for any person who owns a dog or cat to allow their animals to run at large at any time. Owners must keep their animals within an enclosed area at all times to ensure their safety and well being, as well as the safety and well being of others around them.