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    Infectious Disease Prevention Section
    Mail Code: 1927
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite G401
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: (512) 776-7676
    Fax: (512) 776-7616


Animals in Disasters

Animal Bites   Animal Control   Animal Friendly   Pets   Public Places

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(Animals, Animal Control, Animal Shelters, Animals in Disaster, Animals in Public Places,
 Animal Friendly Program, Animal Ownership, Animal Bites)  

Animals play many important roles in our lives, including providing companionship, service, and food. Disasters, both natural and human-induced, can negatively affect animals just as much as people. In Texas, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has been tasked by the Texas Division of Emergency Management with developing a planning and response system to address livestock and companion animal needs during emergencies. The TAHC works with local, state, federal, non-governmental, and sector partners to help plan for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters that affect livestock and companion and service animals. At the federal level, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act was signed into law on October 6, 2006. This law requires state and local disaster plans to include provisions for household pets and service animals in the event of a major disaster or other emergency.

Please refer to the following links for additional information on emergency preparedness in Texas and emergency preparedness information pertaining to animals.

State Resources

Federal Resources

Private Resources

Last updated May 28, 2021