City ordinance requires all dogs, cats and ferrets who are at least four months old to be registered with the City of Allen. A pet may be registered for 1-3 years, depending on when its rabies vaccination expires.
Printed applications are available at Allen Animal Shelter.
Registered pets receive a modern and durable registration tag. The tag must be placed on the animal’s collar and worn at all times.
Pet owners can enter additional contact information, family information and veterinary contacts in a free profile connected to their pet’s registration tag. More than 96% of lost animals with these tags are returned to their owners within 24 hours, many without ever entering a shelter.
|Registration Fees||1 Year||2 Years||3 Years|
|Dog, cat or ferret - sterilized||$10||$15||$20|
|Dog, cat or ferret - sterilized (senior discount)||$5||$9||$12|
|Dog, cat or ferret - unsterilized||$35||$45||$50|
|Dog deemed dangerous by animal control authority (with history of complaints, warnings)||$75||N/A||N/A|
|Service dog or police dog||Free||Free||Free|
Allen Animal Shelter offers microchipping services to pets of Allen residents. The $20 fee includes implant of chip and chip registration. No appointment needed; walk-ins welcome during normal shelter hours.
Lost and Found Pets
Allen Animal Shelter keeps a database of lost and found pets. Reports are active for six weeks. If your lost pet is found, please call 214.509.4378 to remove your pet from our database.
If your lost pet is impounded, it will be taken to Allen Animal Shelter. Pets not wearing a current registration tag will be held for five days for the owner to reclaim. Pets wearing a current registration tag will be held for seven days. If the animal is not reclaimed, it may be put up for adoption.
Impoundment and Handling Charges
Charges for impoundment during regular working hours are as follows. Charges increase with each impoundment during a one-year period.
|Impounded Dogs/Cats/Ferrets||Impounded Small Livestock||Impounded Large Livestock|
|1st: $30||1st: $40||1st: $50|
|2nd: $85||2nd: $60||2nd: $75|
|3rd: $95||3rd: $80||3rd: $100|
A daily handling fee of $10/day (dogs, cats, ferrets) or $15/day (small livestock) is charged in addition to the impoundment fee. An animal held in quarantine incurs an additional flat fee of $150.
If you are unable to provide a safe or supportive environment for your pet, you may consider surrendering it to Allen Animal Shelter. To discuss surrender options, call 214.509.4378.
- $25 per animal (unsterilized / no rabies vaccination)
- $15 per animal (if spayed/neutered or has rabies vaccination)
- No fee for senior citizens ages 65+