Laws & Fees

Ordinances (Laws)

Responsible Pet Ownership is governed by a framework of humane laws and policies to ensure the protection of both pets and people. The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services enforces both City (Chapter 5) and State (Health & Safety Code, Chapters 821-829) animal laws.

Chapter 5 Animal Code and Community Survey 

The current Chapter 5 City laws on animal-related issues can be accessed here.      

Since February of this year, Animal Care Services (ACS) held nine public meetings to discuss potential enhancements to the ACS Strategic Plan and updates to local animal laws. ACS collected 1,073 completed surveys regarding ACS operations both from those who attended the public meetings as well as by individuals who completed the survey online. View the results of the initial community survey here. Access the updated ACS Community Survey Results here.

Nine (9) draft policy recommendations were identified through the feedback received from the ACS community survey.  Past discussions between community members, City leaders, the ACS Advisory Board, experienced Animal Care Officers, other Texas Cities, and animal welfare leaders were taken into account in the formation of these recommendations. 

The powerpoint that was presented to City Council at the June 14th "B" session, can be viewed here.  

 View the Proposed Draft for Chapter 5 Ordinances here.

ACS Strategic Plan & Chapter 5 Proposed Recommendations


Animal Laws - Did You Know?

One-page flyer summarizing Important City Animal related laws (.pdf) can be accessed and printed.

Responsible Pet Ownership Courses

For more information on Responsible Pet Ownership courses, please see our partner websites below:

San Antonio Pet Trainer's Alliance (SAPTA)