All dogs and cats six months and older in the city of Dallas must be spayed or neutered. As of June 17, 2017, the previous "intact animal permit" has been replaced by a "breeding permit."
I currently have an intact animal permit. What happens now?
The current intact animal permit will be valid until the expiration date, so, if you obtained the permit on May 1, 2017, it will be valid until May 1, 2018. Once your permit has expired, you will need to neuter your pet if you do not qualify for the breeding permit or other exemptions.
How do I get a breeding permit?
To qualify to obtain a breeding permit for your pet, you must either:
- Be a member of a purebred cat or dog club that maintains and enforces a code of ethics for breeding that includes restrictions on breeding cats and dogs with genetic defects and life-threatening health problems common to the breed; or
- Hold a license as required by Texas Occupation Code for each facility owned or operated in the state
You must obtain a breeding permit for each pet that is intact and being used for breeding. Each pet must be approved for breeding by a veterinarian within 90 days of applying for the breeding permit. The animal must also be vaccinated for rabies and microchipped in compliance with other city ordinances.
You will fill out an application, including your personal contact information and identifying information about the cat or dog, with a $100 permit fee for each animal that is being used for breeding. This permit must be renewed annually.
I compete in shows (conformation, agility, obedience, rally, carting, herding, protection, sporting, working or another event sponsored by a cat or dog registry) with my intact pet but do not breed them – do I have to get a breeding permit?
A cat or dog that is certified annually as a competition cat or dog does is exempt from the spay or neuter requirement and does not need to have a breeding permit if they are intact but not being bred. You will not need to do anything unless you are asked to prove that your pet is a competition cat or dog, in which case you can provide confirmation of an entry in a cat or dog show or results from a recent cat or dog show, or other items that can verify your pet's participation in competition within the last year.
My pet has a medical reason that it cannot be spayed or neutered. What do I need to do?
If there is a medical reason your pet cannot be spayed or neutered, simply have your veterinarian write a letter certifying that the pet should be exempt from the ordinance due to health-related reasons. This will need to be provided to an animal services officer if requested.
What if I can't afford to spay or neuter my pet?
Spay Neuter Network and the SPCA of Texas are providing free or low-cost spay and neuter services to citizens of Dallas. Learn more at https://spayneuternet.org/ or https://spca.org/.