Animal Control



The Animal Control Division of Community Development is responsible for enforcing animal ordinances, including:

  • Animal impoundment
  • Rabies vaccination verification
  • Animal abuse and neglect
  • Quantity limits


Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Cleveland by promoting safe, sanitary pet ownership practices.

The City of Cleveland does not endorse any animal rescue or other non-profit organization.

This information is provided as a courtesy to the citizens of the City of Cleveland.

Local Veterinarians

Alldredge Vet

16368 Hwy 105 East, Cleveland, TX


Big Thicket Veterinary Clinic


24890 Hwy 321 Cleveland, TX

Cleveland Animal Hospital


1205 N. Washington Ave, Cleveland, TX

All dogs in the City limits must be vaccinated for rabies (by a licensed veterinarian) and licensed with the Animal Control Officer. The license cost is $5 per year. Contact Animal Control for the forms. Dogs must be vaccinated prior to being licensed.

Our shelter is not able to take dogs outside of the City limits.
Contact your local Police or Sheriff's department in your area for their information.

To view the dogs impounded at the Shelter you must go to the Police Department and provide your name, address and phone number. Stray dogs are kept for at least 72 hours after impounded. The dogs are then evaluated for behavior issues and signs of illness.

If you are the owner of an impounded dog, please follow these instructions:

  • Pay $15 to have the animal released to your custody from the shelter
  • Must have proof of a recent rabies shot
  • If no proof of rabies shot, an appointment must be made to get vaccinated prior to leaving the shelter. If the appointment is not kept a summons can be sent to you.

If you are missing a dog, call 281-592-2622. Please provide as much information as possible (including size, color, breed, markings, scars, collar description, last seen location and any other pertinent information).

Adoption Information

  • Dogs are not vetted so it is an as is transaction
  • Adoption fee is $10
  • Adopter is responsible for rabies shot (by a licensed vet) and spay/neutering by any vet of their choice
  • Adopter has 10 days from adoption date to vaccinate the dog for rabies
  • Adopter has until the puppy is six months to get dog spay/neutered
  • Adopter has three months if over the age of six months to get dog spay/neutered

Relinquish fee is $25 with no guarantee of adoption

Hog issue is being handled by trappers. They are trapping in the pipeline near Eastside school. Please keep your trash and other debris picked up so not to attract the hogs. Also check to make sure all water sources are off or dried up.

Call the Police Dept at 281-592-2621 if you know of any other trappers that will donate their time to help the city out.

Summer Pet Tips 

Hot Car Dog

Remember that heat inside a vehicle can rapidly rise; with majority of the temperature rising within the first 15-30 minutes. Leaving a pet inside of a vehicle with the windows open slightly doesn't significantly slow the heating process, or decrease the maximum temperature attained.

On a warm sunny day windows collect light, trapping heat inside the vehicle which elevates the temperature inside to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, the inside of a vehicle with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes and in about 30 minutes the temperature can reach 120 degrees. If a pet's body temperature reaches 110 degrees or more they are in danger of heatstroke.

Remember on hot days; if you must run an errand or go to the doctor PLEASE leave your pets at home.

If anyone witnesses an animal left inside of a vehicle on a hot sunny day; they are asked to call the Cleveland Police Department - 281-592-2622.

Thank you all for your help in keeping our pets safe - Cleveland Animal Control.