Odessa Animal Services is comprised of two divisions, the Animal Shelter and Field Operations. Field Operations strives to re-engage residents across our community to improve animal welfare and quality of life for both human and animals. The Shelter is dedicated to maintaining the health of its facility residents as well as providing an adoption opportunity for a loving family member or to locate a cherished lost one.
Field Operations Division
Odessa Animal Field Operations is a Division of Odessa Animal Services. We provide various animal related services to the public. These services include:
Animal bite investigation/prevention
Animal cruelty investigation
Wildlife issues within the city limits
Humane trap setting and trap education
Zoonotic disease control and education
Animal husbandry education
Microchip identification services
For rodent issues call pest control
Enforcement of city ordinances reference to animal violations
Other animal related issues
To contact the Field Operations call 432-335-5744
If you live in the county, contact the Ector County Sheriff’s Office at 432-335-3050
Animal Shelter Division
The Odessa Animal Shelter is a temporary shelter for strays, lost, found, and quarantined dogs and cats. Our service includes:
Caring for stray and unwanted animals
Education on responsible pet ownership
Zoonotic disease prevention
The Odessa Animal Shelter and the Odessa Animal Control both work independently of each other, but are in the same division.
New Building Progress
The Odessa Shelter was open April 11th, 2023. Animals that are stray, abandoned, and quarantined are housed in a state of the art facility. Citizens can adopt or reclaim their special family member and purchase microchips and vaccinations.
Adoptions/Reclaim or Lost Animals
If you want to adopt, reclaim, or look for a lost animal, view the links on this page. Bring a valid Driver’s License or ID card to the Shelter if you find your furry friend.
If you have a lost animal, send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, address and phone number. For questions regarding the Animal Shelter and its processes, call 432 368 3527.
Emergency & Non-Emergency
For emergencies, call 911, for Animal Control Officers. Animal emergencies Include:
For non-emergency animal issues call 335-5744 forAnimal Control Officers within the city limits. To report animal related issues in the county, contact the Ector County Sheriff’s Office at 432-335-3050
Animal Non-Emergencies Include:
Veterinarian Inspection & State Inspection
As mandated by the Texas Health and Safety Code 823, a veterinarian annually inspects the Odessa Animal Shelter. The last inspection was completed by Dr. Kenneth Waldrup DVM in February 2023.The Odessa Animal Shelter has passed every inspection.
Per Texas Health and Safety Code 826, a Texas Administrative Code, Rabies Control and Education Section 169.26, the Department of State Health Services will annually inspect the Animal Shelter facility. The Odessa Police Department Animal Shelter has passed every inspection.
As in City Ordinance 2-4-5; animals are held for 3 days. After that, the animals's disposition may be determined by the space available at the shelter.
If the animal is injured, diseased, sick, or aggressive, the holding period may be waived.
Euthanization - State Procedures
As per the State Health and Safety Code 821.052 and 821.053 and the Texas Administration Code Title 25 Part 1 Chapter 169.84, animals are euthanized by injection only.
Fosters must be part of an organized 501 (c)(3) rescue group, complete an application at the shelter, provide a copy of their Driver's License or state issued identification and allow an Animal Control officer to inspect the premises where the animal(s) will be sheltered. The application must be approved by the Shelter Director(City ordinance Chapter 2 Article 2-3-4)
For information on availability, please stop by the shelter. If you are looking for your stray or lost pet, you will need to go to the Animal Shelter, 910 W. 42nd St.
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Contact 432 335 5744 and report the issue. Feral cats are all over Odessa and these are low priority calls and traps may not be available.
You can purchase your own trap and you will have to monitor it. If you catch a feral cat, you can take it to the Shelter during business hours 10am - 4pm Tuesday – Saturday. Traps cannot be set in inclement weather or during weekends or holidays.
According to Article 2-3 Dogs and Cats (Section 2-3-1 Maximum Number), "It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, possess, or maintain dogs and/or cats in a total number exceeding 4 per premises," i.e. 2 dogs 2 cats, 1 cat 3 dogs, etc.
If you choose to adopt an animal that has been picked up as a stray, you may go to the Animal Control Shelter located at 910 W 42nd Street and ask the staff for further information concerning adoptions or call 432-368-3527 to inquire.