City of Lufkin, 300 E. Shepherd
Lufkin, Texas 75902 936-634-8881

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City of Lufkin Animal Services employees are members of the Southwest Texas Animal Care and Control Association. Animal Service employees are also certified with the association.

City of Lufkin Animal Services employees are also members of the National Animal Control Association


Texas Department of Health Zoonosis Control - Diseases transmisable to man from animals.


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 Services and Adoption Center provides temporary shelter to 7,000 to 8,000 animals annually.  The facility accepts strays and owned animals regardless of age, health, species, or breed. 


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.



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You can find more information on the Friends At Kurth Memorial Shelter Facebook page.

For information about adopting, go to our Adopt A Pet page.





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. SURRENDERS: Monday-Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Closed Sunday


Watch "Truths N' Tails", Suddenlink Channel 15 or City of Lufkin Website

Be sure and watch "Truth N' Tails" which airs monthly on Suddenlink Channel 15. Animal Control Director Aaron Ramsey presents several adorable pets that are up for adoption as well as providing animal care tips.



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.





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. 





If you are missing a pet, come to the Animal Services and Adoption Center 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 Services.  Depending on your skills, availability, and areas of interest, we have a place for you at Kurth Memorial Animal Service Center.  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 Service Center. 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.





Kurth Memorial Animal Services 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 Foster Application 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.


ADOPTIONS: Monday-Saturday 10:00am to 4:45pm, Closed Sunday

SURRENDERS: Monday-Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Closed Sunday



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