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Animal Shelter Mission

To provide a comfortable, safe and healthy environment for the abandoned, surrendered, abused, unwanted and lost animals in our community while exerting every effort to locate kind and caring "furever" homes for them.

Shelter Fees

Model Cat

Adoption Fee:  $80 and includes spay/neuter along with rabies vaccines.

Animal Surrender:  $45 with proof of residency
Reclaim an animal:  $35 plus $10 for each additional day.

City Tags:  $5 per animal; must have proof of current rabies vaccination

City Animal Shelter Ordinances  - Click Here

Shelter Hours

Black Dog

Phone answered - 8 am - 3:30 pm, M-F.

Shelter Open - 10 am- 3:30 pm M-F for adoptions and surrenders.

Shelter Number 903-440-2743- Cell 

After Hours and Weekend Emergencies-  903-440-2743

Animal Shelter History

In 1997, the City of Winnsboro planned and built a 1700 square foot animal shelter to handle the increasing volume of neglected and unwanted animals. The shelter was started with a $10,000.00 donation and continues today and is inspected annually by the State of Texas Health Department. The shelter is located on 5 acres of land to allow for growth. Two other Texas cities have used the Winnsboro Shelter plan as a model for their shelters, Jefferson and Bonham, Texas.


The Shelter currently has 15 indoor dog runs (eight runs measure 3’ x 8’, seven runs measure 3’ x 5’) and 9 feline cages. The shelter handles approximately 1000 – 1200 plus animals each year.

In 2015, approximately 70% of the Shelter animals were adopted, 20% were moved to other shelter programs in East Texas and Colorado and 10% were euthanized due to illness or injury. The Shelter is working to increase the adoption percentage within the area thru advertising, promotions, and the Friends of the Winnsboro Animal Shelter website.

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