The City of Lufkin Animal
Control enforces animal related state laws and city ordinances
within the City of Lufkin and assists the public with animal related
issues. Animal Control provides education services to the public to
prevent animal homelessness, promote humane treatment of animals,
responsible pet ownership, and rabies control and awareness.
The Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter provides temporary
shelter to 7,000 to 8,000 animals annually. The facility accepts
strays and owned animals regardless of age, health, species, or
The mission of the Animal Control Department is to
respond to animal related situations and manage the animal shelter
in a manner that meets state standards, the needs of citizens and
pets of the community.
ADOPT A PET
To view animals available for adoption, go to View
Adoptable Animals. For information about adopting, go to our
Adopt A Pet
SURRENDER A PET
City of Lufkin Animal Control requests that you
exhaust all options before turning your pet in to the shelter.
Check with family, friends, coworkers, and rescue groups, or
advertise your pet needs a home. More than 7,000 animals are taken
in at the shelter annually, but about 5,000 are euthanized due to
lack of homes. If you must turn in your pet, view the
Surrendering a Pet page to see more information to give your pet
the best opportunity to be re-homed.
All animal bites, by law, must be reported. If you
or a family member has been bit by an animal, even by your own pet,
inside the City of Lufkin, you must report the bite to Animal
Control at 936-633-0218, or after hours, 936-633-0356.
Animal Control responds to dangerous and vicious dogs
that are running at large inside the City of Lufkin. To report a
dog that is acting dangerous or vicious that is at large, or is at
large and has attacked a person or domestic animal, contact Animal
Control at 936-633-0218, or after hours, call 9-1-1 or Lufkin Police
Department at 936-633-0356.
REPORT ANIMAL RELATED PROBLEMS
Animal Control Officers investigate a variety of
animal problems, such as cruelty to animals, fencing violations,
rabies violations, and animal nuisance issues. To view city
ordinances related to animals, go to ordinances. To report a
problem, call 936-633-0218.
LOST & FOUND PETS
If you are missing a pet, come to the shelter as soon
as possible. Due to the large number of animals received, the
shelter euthanizes for space, so time is of the essence. You can
view most animals at the shelter online but this does not substitute
for coming to the shelter. Not every animal will be on the
website. For information about lost and found pets, go to our
Lost & Found Pet page.
Many opportunities exist for citizens to help the
Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter. Depending on your skills,
availability, and areas of interest, we have a place for you at
Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter. For information on volunteering
opportunities, see our Volunteer Handbook. Our volunteers come at
their convenience, and stay however long they choose to work.
We welcome individuals, families, and groups and can
help you decide how you wish to contribute. We depend on volunteers
to do many things staff are unable to spend time doing, like working
one on one with an animal, socializing dogs and cats, teaching
commands, photographing, and helping promote animals for adoption.
We always need volunteers willing to transport animals to rescue
groups. We even welcome volunteer transporters who just happen to
be passing through a destination a shelter animal is needing to
reach, so while traveling on business or vacation, we hope you will
make yourself available to give a ride to an animal in need.
Our volunteers have their own Facebook site called
Friends at Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter. This Facebook page was
created by and run by volunteers to promote animals for adoption,
shelter events and activities, educate readers on the pet
overpopulation, and share happy tales. It is not an official City
of Lufkin or Animal Control page, but volunteers provide lots of
information you may find helpful.
The Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter works closely with
many animal rescue groups. Though there are a few local rescue
groups, most are in other cities or even other states. The shelter
transfers 500-1000 animals to approved rescue partners every year,
but is always in need of more rescue partners. Rescue groups must
fill out a detailed application and provide references. Rescue
groups are carefully screened before being approved to pull any
animal from the shelter. To apply to become an approved rescue
partner, fill out the Rescue Group Information Form and email
or fax it to the shelter. If you are interested in volunteering to
transport animals to rescue groups, see our Volunteer Page.
The shelter has a foster program to place animals in
that would have otherwise been euthanized due to time and space and
the shelter. Fosters provide caring homes that an animal can remain
in while awaiting potential adoption. Fosters work with shelter
staff to promote the animals in their care for adoption into
permanent homes. Foster families assume all expenses for the care of
their foster animal, including food, medical care, and socializing.
For more information about this program, call the shelter. To apply
to become a foster, fill out the
and Foster Contract,
or contact the shelter.
1901 Hill Street, Lufkin, Texas 75904
Phone: (936) 633-0218 Fax: (936) 633-0266
For Emergency Calls After Hours, Call 911 or Lufkin
Police Department at (936) 633-0356.
10:00am to 4:45pm, Closed Sunday
SURRENDERS: Monday-Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 10:am to
5:00pm, Closed Sunday