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The Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shelter is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and City Holidays. Please note that adoptions must be processed 30 minutes prior to closing.
For more information on how to proceed if your pet should become lost, visit our Lost My Pet page.
Helping a pet find its home is important. For more information on what you should if you find a lost pet, check out our Found a Pet page.
All dogs and cats, ages four months and older, must be registered with the City of Irving. Registration helps reduce the number of pets held at the animal shelter by ensuring the quick return of lost pets to their owners.
For more information on how to register our pet, please visit our Pet Registration page.
There are many avenues to helping animal services in Irving. Visit our How to Help page to find out more.
Spaying and neutering is an important part of being a pet owner. Irving offers several low-cost options for spay/neuter and vaccinations. For more information, visit our Spay/Neuter Assistance page.
Check out our Microchip page to find out more about this service.
The International Standards Organization, or ISO, has approved and recommended a global standard for microchips. The global standard is intended to create an identification system that is consistent worldwide. For example, if a dog was implanted with an ISO standard microchip in the U.S. travels to Europe with its owners and becomes lost, the ISO standard scanners in Europe would be able to read the dog's microchip. If the dog was implanted with a non-ISO microchip and the ISO scanner was not forward and backward-reading (universal), the dog's microchip might not be detected or be read by the scanner. The ISO standard frequency is 134.2 kHz.
This problem can be solved by the use of universal microchip scanners, which are becoming more readily available. In addition, the use of ISO standard microchips would be a good step in developing a consistent microchipping system in the U.S.
The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) maintains a database of adverse reactions to microchips. Since the database was started in 1996, over 4 million animals have been microchipped and only 391 adverse reactions have been reported. Of these reactions, migration of the microchip from its original implantation site is the most common problem reported. Other problems, such as failure of the microchip, hair loss, infection, swelling, and tumor formation, were reported in much lower numbers.