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.

Input Results 

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 purpose of this survey is to seek additional feedback regarding the recommendations and to ensure that the direction reflects the community needs.  

Complete the online survey here or download the print version here

Take Survey here

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

Please join us in the upcoming series of community meetings to learn more about the potential changes to City of San Antonio Chapter 5 Animal Laws.

Upcoming Meetings

Capítulo 5 - Codigo de Animales y Encuesta de Recomendaciones Preliminares 

Nueve (9) recomendaciones de políticas preliminares fueron identificadas a través de la información recibida de la encuesta de la comunidad de ACS. En la formación de estas recomendaciones, tuvieron en cuenta discusiones pasadas entre miembros de la comunidad, líderes de la ciudad, la Junta Asesora de ACS, Oficiales con experiencia de Cuidado de Animales, otras ciudades de Texas y líderes de bienestar de animales. 

El propósito de esta encuesta es buscar información adicional sobre las recomendaciones, y asegurar que la dirección refleje las necesidades de la comunidad.
Por favor complete la encuesta haciendo clic a continuación  o descargue la versión impresa aquí.

Empezar Empuesta                




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)