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Animal Control
Primary Purpose
The primary function and intent of the City of Portland Animal Control is to provide protection for the health, safety and welfare of the public within the city limits, by controlling the animal population and by establishing uniform rules for the control and eradication of rabies. 

In addition, Portland Animal Control strives to:  1) Educate the public about responsible pet care and ownership;  2) Promote spaying and neutering of pets to aid in reducing the stray animal population;  3) Work, in conjunction with law enforcement, to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases, and;  4) Find responsible forever homes for adoptable stray animals by working with local, state and national animal rescue groups. 

Portland citizens are known for their generosity and love for our animal population, often asking what they can donate to help our shelter. Dog and cat food, blankets, sheets and towels, toys, pet bottles and pet formula, dog and cat beds, cat litter and monetary donations utilized for medical care for adoptable animals are always welcomed.  Donations for building and furnishing our new facility are also welcomed.  All monetary donations are set aside for use in making the lives of impounded animals more comfortable and are kept in a special donation fund maintained by the city, separate from the general operating fund.

We are extremely excited about our new upcoming animal control facility and, with the support of our citizens, will make it one of best shelters in the area.  The new shelter will allow us to house more animals and offer a more secure and modern environment, better suited to not only take care of our animal citizenry, but to fulfill the increasing expectations of our citizens in regard to the humane and compassionate treatment of animals.  We appreciate your support!

Animal Traps
Animal traps are available to Portland residents. There is a $10.00 non-refundable charge for a maximum two week trap rental.  Citizens may also utilize their own traps and call animal control upon capture of domestic or wild animals. . All trapped animals shall be treated in a humane manner while trapped and should not be contained for an excessive period of time or in extreme weather conditions.   Trap rentals are based on availability.  Opossum (Possum)  trapping is discouraged.  Read about the unusual benefits of possums, the only marsupial in North America, on-line.

Dead animals at private residences are not picked up by the animal control officer.

If you need animal control services during regular business hours, please contact the Portland Police Department by calling (361) 777-4444.  After hours an animal control officer will only be called out for emergencies or animal bites.

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Debra Engel
Animal Control Officer
1902 Billy G. Webb
Portland, TX 78374
Ph: (361) 777-4444
Ph: (361) 777-4858

Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm