Animal Care & Control

    We have wonderful pets just waiting to be adopted. Take a look at our adoptable or found pets, or come by and visit! Our friendly staff will be glad to help!

    We are located at 8001 Shin Oak Drive, between the Fire Department and Public Works Building.

    Monday through Friday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Sunday and Holidays - Closed

    210.653.9140 ext: 2228

    We Care!

    Are you missing your pet and want to see if we have picked it up?
    Click here to visit Pet Harbor and search by City. Please enter Live Oak to view results.

    Our Mission

    Our mission is to promote public health and safety for the citizens of Live Oak and their pets through education and enforcement.

    Services Provided:

    • Handle complaints regarding loose animals, injured or dead animals, biting and attacking animal incidents, and animal cruelty.
    • City licenses sold.
    • Database kept on all city animal licenses.
    • Animal traps loaned.
    • Conduct education programs with local elementary schools.
    • Provide assistance with wildlife nuisances.

    Humane Society

    Meetings of the Animal Control Advisory Committee are conducted three times annually. The committee consists of one Humane Society Representative, One Council Representative, One Representative from the City's Veterinarian and one City Staff member. The committee monitors the work that is conducted at the Live Oak Animal Control Facility and brainstorms ways in which our citizens can be better served in terms of animal care and control.

    Lost and Found Pets

    If you have lost your pet, make sure you come down to our location immediately, to take a look at the animals we have picked up. If you have found a pet, please give us a call.

    We are located at 8001 Shin Oak Drive, between the Fire Department and Public Works Building.

    Monday through Friday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Sunday and Holidays - Closed

    210.653.9140 ext: 2228

    Pet Licences

    City licenses are required for all cats and dogs over three months of age. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required. One and three year City Pet Licenses are available. License validity are concurrent with the rabies vaccination and expiration

    Pets with annual rabies vaccination:

    • Not spayed or neutered the one year license is $5.00
    • Spayed or neutered dogs and cats the cost is $2.00
    • Spayed/ neutered and microchipped dogs and cats the license is free

    Pets with the triennial rabies vaccination:

    • Not spayed or neutered dogs and cats the license is $15.00
    • Spayed or neutered dogs and cats the cost is $6.00
    • Spayed/ neutered and microchipped dogs and cats the license is free

    Animal Control Fees

    You may be fined for the following:

    • Allowing animal to run at large (dog or cat)
    • Failure to license a pet
    • Failure to vaccinate for rabies
    • Keeping more than 4 adult animals
    • Keeping a Dangerous Dog


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    Microchipping is available to Live Oak Residents for $10 a pet.

    We are located at 8001 Shin Oak Drive, between the Fire Department and Public Works Building. Microchipping is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM only.

    210.653.9140 ext: 2228

      Foster a Pet

      What is a Foster Home?

      A foster home is somebody that temporarily opens their home to an animal in a shelter. A foster parent provides a safe and calm environment for the animal(s) in which they can be socialized and/or recover from their previous situation. A foster family also helps market their foster(s) to help them get adopted. Without a foster program, Live Oak is unable to pull as many animals.

      What can I Expect when I Foster an Animal?

      A foster family may keep their foster animal for up to 12 weeks. If, by that time, the animal has not been adopted, the foster will return the animal to the shelter. You must adhere to all polices and protocols. Live Oak will take care of all medical experiences, including spay and neuter. You are required to provide a safe and loving home, food, and socialization. The rewards of fostering are abundant and great. Not only do you get to experience the wonderful companionship an animal brings, but you get to help an animal who, without you, may not have had a chance. You may also be helping an animal that is recovering from an injury or illness, the loss of an owner/home and the trauma that brings, or help them become more adoptable by helping them with behavioral and socialization issues.

      Special Foster Programs

      At this time, we are in need of fosters that have experience working with behavioral issues such as fear, anxiety, socialization, and basic training for dogs.

      Occasionally, we are in need of fosters to help animals that have sustained injuries. Fostering one of these things may entail frequent trips to the clinic, changing bandages, or physical therapy.

      Typically, the months between March and October are known as kitten and puppy season. During this time, there are many pregnant and nursing moms that need a safe and quiet place to raise their babies. There is also an influx of orphaned kittens and puppies that need somebody to nurse them every couple of hours and help them reach an adoptable age. This is a big commitment with an enormous amount of reward.

      Responsibilities of Being a Foster

      • Provide a safe, clean, loving home
      • Provide food, water, socialization, toys, enrichment
      • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral issues
      • Provide exercise as appropriate
      • Transportation to and from vet appointments

        Adopt a Pet

        Why Adopt 

        Adopting a pet from a shelter doesn’t just save one life, it saves two. When you adopt a pet, you make room in the shelter to save another life. You can find mixed breeds or purebreds in shelters, and you are always guaranteed a pet that is thankful for a second chance in a loving home!

        What is Included in My Adoption? 

        All Pet adoption fees are $60
        (applies to all breeds and ages)

        Your adoption includes the following:

        • Feline/Canine booster vaccinations
        • Heartworm test
        • Rabies vaccination
        • Deworming
        • Exam
        • Spay or neuter
        • Microchip

        What Happens After I Adopt a Pet?

        After you adopt your new companion, it is important that you register your microchip. In the event that your pet gets out and is found, a registered microchip ensures that your pet will be returned to you.

        Additionally, you should take your new pet to your vet soon after your adoption. This allows your vet to meet your pet, receive all medical records, and set up your next annual appointment. 

        How to Adopt

        Stop by the shelter and take a look at all of our available animals!
        We are located at 8001 Shin Oak Drive, between the Fire Department and Public Works Building.

        Monday - Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
        Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
        Closed on Sundays and holidays.

        If the animal you are interested in is currently in a foster home, we will get you in touch with the foster family for a meet and greet.

        We want you to find the perfect fit for your family! We recommend spending at least 30 minutes with the animal you are interested in, and bringing all members of your family that will be living in the home with your pet.


          Our organization is always looking for volunteers to join our team! Because volunteers work directly with animals, they increase the chances of an animal being adopted. Additionally, volunteers can help increase awareness of the shelter and the animals in the organization. Volunteers help socialize the animals and give the dogs a break from their kennels by walking them more regularly.

          Volunteers are Required to:

          Volunteer Needs

          Dog Walking

          Come help ensure the dogs in our kennels get the exercise and TLC they require daily. This is flexible because dogs require walks and bathroom breaks throughout the day. Our most needed times are first thing in the morning and in the evening before we close.

          Cleaning Dog & Cat Kennels

          Our animals spend the majority of their time in kennels. As a result, they need their kennels sanitized, dishes cleaned, linens washed, etc.

          Socializing Animals

          Because animals spend so much time alone in the kennels, they don’t get as much time socializing with people, learning manners and basic commands, and getting affection. Socializing with animals and encouraging better behaviors increases the chances of adoption more quickly.


          The shelter runs primarily on donations. We are always looking for people to help with fundraising events and to hold donation drives.

          Helping with Adoption Events

          Adoption events are important because they increase exposure of the animals and increase the probability of them getting adopted quicker.


          Are you willing to temporarily open your home to an animal in need? Find out what fostering entails and how to apply here.


          The Live Oak Animal Shelter needs transport to and from vet appointments and adoption events.


          Would you like to help give animals the exposure they need to help get them adopted? We always need people to take pictures of the animals and write cute bio’s about them for our rescue sites. Any camera and experience level are welcome!