Vaccines & Licensing


Texas State law and Pasadena City codes mandate that all dogs and cats receive annual rabies vaccinations. Many vets and clinics now offer a three-year rabies vaccine for pets that have been continuously vaccinated against rabies.

Other highly recommended--though not mandated--vaccines include DHLPP for dogs and FVRCP for cats. These vaccines could mean life or death for your pet. For example, DHLPP protects against Parvo, a virus that's prevalent in our area and often fatal.

Local pet stores and other area businesses often host vaccine clinics. You don't need an appointment, and you won't be charged an office fee for these services. The Animal Shelter / Adoption Center typically hosts a vaccine clinic in the parking lot one Saturday per month. Call the shelter for details.

Read up on pet vaccines.


City ordinance requires all dog owners to register their pets with Animal Control. Simply provide proof of your dog's current rabies vaccination, pay $10, and a city license tag will be issued. Dogs must wear their city license tag at all times. License tags are also available for cats, but are not required by law. 

A city license tag is a phone call home for a pet that's wandered off or escaped. Pets picked up wearing a city license tag are held longer at the shelter, and the owner is alerted through the most recent address and telephone number available.

Household Pet Limit

Currently, pet ownership is limited to two dogs and two cats per household in the City of Pasadena.