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The Texas Animal Control Association is a group dedicated to the advancement of Animal Control and Welfare personnel. Our goal is to educate and train Animal Control/Humane personnel and educate the public in the responsibilities of Animal Control personnel.  TACA works to ensure that its member's voices are heard at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that the best interests of the profession are protected. We have an  annual educational conference and offer comprehensive training opportunities.  Read more...

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Job Listings are open to Members only.  To post a job to the TACA website, please send the information by clicking 
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An online URL is required, and a closing date should be included.
Jobs are posted until the closing date or one month, whichever comes first.

THANKS FOR A GREAT 2022 CONFERENCE!
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR, NOVEMBER 12-15, 2023!


2023 TACA Annual Conference
(will be approved for 15 CE hours by DSHS)

November 12-15, 2023, Embassy Suites in San Marcos

REGISTRATION SHOULD OPEN IN LATE AUGUST!


Upcoming events

    • November 21, 2022
    • December 23, 2022
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    In order to help us evaluate our conference for our members, sponsors, and vendors, please complete this short survey.  It shouldn't take more than a few minutes of your time and will really help us identify the areas we need to improve upon so that we continue to be the best training value in the country!

    • November 21, 2022
    • December 23, 2022
    Register

    In order to help us evaluate our conference for our sponsors and vendors, please complete this short survey.  It shouldn't take more than a few minutes of your time and will really help us identify the areas we need to improve upon so that we continue to be the best training value in the country!

    • November 29, 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • December 18, 2022
    • 11:59 PM
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    In the last TACA election, no candidate for the Secretary position was submitted so the Board is looking to appoint someone to fill this opening.  Here is a description of the Secretary position:

    Secretary:    The Secretary shall keep minutes for all TACA Board meetings and special and general session meetings, prepare TACA correspondence, as needed, send copies of minutes to the President within thirty (30) days of meetings, have custody of the organization's by-laws, corporate seal, general records, and archives of TACA, serve as the Chairperson and/or on committee(s) as appointed by the President, vote on items brought before the Board, and perform other duties as prescribed by the TACA Board.  Term length is two (2) years.

    If you would like to be considered for this position and you are willing and able to serve in this capacity, please complete the registration process to show your interest.  Applications can only be made by submitting them through TACA's website.  Mailed or emailed ballots will not be accepted.  Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email.  If you do not receive this email, your nomination was not received.  Please contact us and we will check the system to correct the error.

    All applications must be submitted by December 18, 2022. 

    TACA’s Board of Directors is comprised of a group of volunteers who donate their time to serve Animal Control Officers, animal shelter employees, and others who care about animal welfare in Texas.  The Board sets the vision and goals for TACA and helps improve the future of the profession through training, public outreach, and legislative action.  One board member alone cannot do this job and for our Board to be effective, we need a diverse group of members who are willing to contribute their unique talents while collaborating and working as a team with the other members of the board.

    What is required to be a TACA Board Member:

    • Be a current TACA member
    • Actively work in the animal control or animal welfare position within the State of Texas, be a retired animal welfare employee, and/or be an Honorary Member
    • Most importantly, be willing and able to help!

    What is not required to be a TACA Board Member:

    • You do not have to be the Manager/Supervisor of your agency.  We want a diverse group of opinions on the Board.  We need the voices of the front line Animal Control Officers just as much as we need to hear from program directors.   
    • You do not have to be able to take off for days/weeks at a time to do TACA business.  Many meetings are done via conference calls and in-person meetings are usually held on weekends to prevent interfering with normal work duties.
    • You do not have to have decades of experience in the animal welfare field.  You do need to have a strong grasp of the animal control/welfare profession, but there is not minimum experience requirement for Board Members. 

    A good Board Member is prepared for the meetings and keeps the commitments they make to the organization.  They share their opinions and ideas while making sure the organization’s needs are the top priority.  They get answers for the questions and concerns TACA’s members have.  They work to build relationships both within the association and with outside organizations.  And finally, they are willing to be a resource to both the Board and to the membership as a whole. 

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COVID-19 Resources for Animal Control Officers
ShelterMedicine.com
Animal Sheltering.org  
NACANet.org  
BestFriends.org  
CDC.gov

The resources above are provided solely to assist ACOs in deciding what policies and procedures are best for the communities they serve. TACA does not endorse any one particular group's information or recommendations over another.  TACA believes that in all animal-related issues, no one policy statement can be applicable to the unique challenges each community faces and this is particularly true for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. TACA believes it is best for local jurisdictions to make operational decisions based on what is believed to be best for the staff, their residents, and the animals in their care.  If we can be of any assistance in this process, please contact any of our Board Members and we will be happy to do our best to help in this process.


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