Commissioners approve new policy for pet adoptions

The Commissioners Court has approved a new policy for Animal Control, requiring those adopting dogs or cats to pay for rabies shots and sterilizations upfront. They will then get a voucher to take to a participating veterinary clinic. The move was made due to some people not following through on the required pet care, which caused headaches for the Sheriff’s Office, which has had to issue citations. The court approved fees of $15 for “altered” animals and $75 for dogs and cats in need of sterilization. Although it had previously been stated that everyone would pay $90 to adopt an animal, with some of the money being used to offset costs incurred by Animal Control, Sgt. Kelly McNab said that citizens will only be asked to pay either the $15 fee or the $75 fee. Commissioners also at their Tuesday (March 12) meeting approved two credit card machines for the Sheriff’s Office, one of which will be for Animal Control.