Animal Services

Due to a staffing shortage, the Balch Springs Animal Shelter is closed to the public. We cannot take any owner surrenders or stray drop off’s at this time. If you have an animal related emergency, call 911. 

To report an urgent issue with an animal, call the Police Non-Emergency line at 972-557-6000.

To report animal abuse, issues with a neighbors pets, or anything else animal or shelter related,


Watch our Facebook page (Balch Springs Animal Shelter) for reopening date, shot clinics, events and more.

Animal shelter

Balch Springs Animal Services

The Balch Springs Animal Services Department is a division of the Balch Springs Police Department. We are dedicated to assisting citizens with animal related issues, promoting responsible pet ownership and ensuring a healthy environment for the human and animal residents living in Balch Springs.

Where Are We?

The Animal Shelter is located behind the municipal building at 3117 Hickory Tree Road Balch Springs, TX 75180.

In Case of Emergency

For animal emergencies, dial 911. An animal control officer is available Saturday and Sunday for emergency animal control issues only.

Mandatory Sterilization 

All dogs and cats adopted from an animal shelter must be sterilized no later than 30 days from the adoption date, in accordance with Texas State Law Chapter 828 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

Failure to comply is punishable by a Class C Misdemeanor and citations of up to $560. 

Also, under state law, a recently adopted but non-sterilized dog or cat will be reclaimed by the animal shelter. The Balch Springs Animal Shelter will enforce this with no exceptions.

More Information About Sterilization

  1. Spay Neuter Network - Ph: 972-472-3500 /
  2. SPCA of Texas - Ph: 214-742-7722 /
  3. TCAP - Ph: 940-566-5551 /