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Yes, the City of Bedford requires that all pets be registered annually. Registering a pet provides Animal Services with access to vaccination information in the event of a bite and assists in reuniting a lost pet with its family.
An application form must be completed for each dog and cat you own. Completed applications, along with a copy of the rabies vaccination certificates and payment, may be returned to Bedford Animal Services, 1809 Reliance Pkwy. For questions on the application form, please call 817-952-2191.
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The City of Bedford offers dogs and cats for adoption on a first come, first served basis. Animals adopted from the City’s Animal Shelter are required to be spayed or neutered. To adopt an animal from the shelter:
Visit the Adoptable Pets webpage to see all animals available for adoption.
If your pet is picked up by an Animal Services Officer, it will be taken to the Bedford Animal Shelter, 1809 Reliance Pkwy. To reclaim your animal from the shelter:
There are multiple actions you can take if you have found a dog or cat:
If you have lost a pet, please email your pet's picture, location where the pet was last seen, your contact information, and any other information that may be helpful to Animal Services. Pet owners are highly encouraged to have their pets microchipped, which increases the likelihood of being reunited with a pet.
To report an after-hours animal-related emergency, please call the Bedford Police Department non-emergency number at 817-952-2127. Bedford dispatchers will then notify the on-call Animal Services Officer.
City ordinance requires that all dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age, and then at regular intervals thereafter in accordance with rules adopted by the Texas Health and Safety Code. Rabies vaccinations must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.
There are several other vaccinations that are beneficial for your pet, but not required by law. They help protect your pet from serious diseases such as parvo, distemper, feline leukemia, etc. Please consult with your veterinarian about these beneficial vaccinations, as well as other health issues such as heartworms, internal parasites, and flea control.
If you have been bitten by a dog or cat, you should:
If you have been bitten, please contact Animal Services at 817-952-2191. A report must be made for every bite that occurs. Verification of current rabies vaccinations must be provided for the biting animal.