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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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2021 TACA Annual Conference

November 8-10, 2021

Embassy Suites in San Marcos!

Pre-Conference Euthanasia Re-Certification
and TCCI 301 Class
Sunday, November 7th!

Registration will open in Fall 2021.

2021 Annual Conference Registration Fees:

Early Registration (Before October 18, 2021)
$175 for Current Members (Membership must be current through 11/10/21)
$200 for Non-Members (Includes Membership)

After October 18, 2021
$225 for Current Members (Membership must be current through 11/10/21)
$250 for Non-Members (Includes Membership)

Hotel (Includes Buffet Breakfast and Evening Happy Hour)
Single Person: $135 per night
Double: $140 per night
Triple: $150 per night
Quad: $160 per night

To reserve a room online, click HERE

Main Reservation Line: 512-392-6450
(Tell them you are part of the Texas Animal Control Association Group) 

Upcoming events

    • July 20, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • September 01, 2021
    • 11:59 PM (CDT)

    TACA Board Nominations

    Texas Animal Control Association is now accepting nominations for the upcoming election for positions on the Board of Directors.  To nominate someone, you and the person you nominate must be members in good standing with voting rights with the Association.  The Nominee must be actively working in the animal control or animal welfare profession within the State of Texas, a retired animal welfare employee, and/or an Honorary Member of the Association.  Please read the criteria for each position carefully.  Board members must be able to attend four meetings a year in different parts of the state. Up to $1200.00 travel allowance is available to the Board Members but the rest of the travel is the responsibility of the Board Member or their organization.  More information about Board qualifications and duties can be found by reading TACA's Bylaws

    President Elect:    In addition to the criteria above, the nominee must have served on the Board for at least one (1) year within the immediate past five (5) years.  The President Elect shall assist the President and the Vice President in their duties, ascend to the Presidency in the following year, be Chairperson of the Nominations Committee and perform other duties as prescribed by the TACA Board.  Term length is 3 years.

    Vice President:    In addition to the criteria above, the nominee must have served on the Board for at least one (1) year within the immediate past five (5) years. The Vice President shall assume the duties of President and/or President Elect in the event of their absence, be the Chairperson of such committee(s) as appointed by the President, and perform other duties as prescribed by the Executive Board. Term length is 1 year.

    Board Member:    Board Members 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 Executive Board.  Term length is 3 years.

    Please make sure the people you nominate are willing to serve in the capacity that you have nominated them for.  The nominees will be contacted and given a chance to accept or decline the nomination.  Nominations can be made by registering here, by sending an email with all pertinent information included to Jay Sabatucci, or by printing this form and mailing it to:

    TACA Board Nominations
    4206 Selina Ct.
    Arlington, TX 76016

    Please include a photographic head shot for the ballot.

    All nominations must be postmarked or emailed no later than September 01, 2021. 

    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. 

    • August 23, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • August 25, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • 824 US-377, Pilot Point, TX 76258
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    COURSE 101

    Approved for 17 CE hours by TDSHS

    Topics covered include the correlation between animal cruelty and human violence, bloodsports, and animal husbandry of domestic pets and livestock.  

    Hosted by All American Dogs at the Ford Masonic Lodge #270
    824 US-377, Pilot Point, TX  76258

    August 23-24, 2021:  8:00 - 5:00 each day

    August 25, 2021: 8:00 - 12:00

    All courses are approved by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for continuing education hours for Certified Veterinary Technicians.

    Courses 101 and 301 are approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education for continuing education hours for law enforcement personnel.

    Animal Control Officers must satisfactorily complete all three courses.  Certified Peace Officers must satisfactorily complete Courses 101 and 301.

    Courses do not have to be taken in any particular order; however certification is not transferred until all courses are successfully completed as required. 

    Officers who have successfully completed a cruelty investigations course given by the National Animal Control Association, the Law Enforcement Training Institute, or the Association of Certified Cruelty Investigators may be certified as a TCCI if they email proof of training for consideration and approval.  Officers who have successfully completed prior training may get credit for CI 101 and/or CI 201 and only be required to complete CI 301 for certification.

    All Officers certified as TCCI must obtain and maintain an annual membership with TACA.

    All Officers certified as TCCI must successfully complete a renewal course at least once every three years.  Renewal courses will be provided each year at TACA's Annual Training Conference

    • November 08, 2021
    • (CST)
    • November 10, 2021
    • (CST)
    • San Marcos, TX

    The Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) will hold its 46th Annual Conference in San Marcos, TX, on November 7th thru the 10th at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Conference Center, and Spa. TACA is the oldest state association in the United States and this is the most attended conference by city and county governments that have animal control/welfare departments and operate animal shelters in Texas. These government entities have annual budgets to operate these departments and are looking for vendors that have products and services that meet their needs.  We try to keep our sponsorship/exhibitor rates as reasonable as possible because we understand that come companies that have goods or services that can greatly benefit our attendees simply can’t afford $1,000 or more for nothing more than a table at a small booth.  Our conference provides the chance to spend more time with each registrant on a more personal level so that the advertising value to our sponsors and exhibitors is maximized.

    TACA looks forward to your participation as a sponsor/exhibitor at this year’s conference.  This registration form details all of the sponsor/exhibitor opportunities.  The faster the registration is completed and paid for, the sooner we can post your company as a sponsor/exhibitor for this year’s conference on our web site, mailer, and other promotional materials.  Space and sponsorships are limited so register as soon as possible to reserve your space at the conference and ensure you are able to sponsor at the level you would like. 

    You can get lost in the crowd of other conferences or you can come join us and really have the opportunity to interact with all of our attendees!  If you need any additional information or have any questions, please feel free to email me or call (682) 241-0905.

    Jay Sabatucci
    Executive Director
    Texas Animal Control Association   

    • November 08, 2021
    • (CST)
    • November 09, 2021
    • (CST)
    • San Marcos, TX

    If the registrant has or had a TACA membership, sign in using the email address that is specific to their TACA account.  Current members can then register for the reduced rate and returning members can update their membership.  New members will need to put in an email address they have access to and register as a member during registration. Do not register an attendee under a supervisor's email or using a group email (i.e.  The credit card used to pay for the registration does not have to be in the registrant's name so supervisors can pay for the conference using their purchasing cards.  Please email Jay Sabatucci or call him at (682) 241-0905 if you have any questions or problems with registration.

    Please click here for more details about the conference, including course descriptions and speaker bios. 

    If you are interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor at the conference, please click here for more information.

    The Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel Conference Center and Spa in San Marcos.  Please click here to make room reservations and use the group code of "CESALC" or call (512) 392-6450 and ask for the TACA Conference rates that start at just $135 per night for a single.  Hotel reservations must be made by October 15, 2021, to ensure you receive these special rates.

    This is the only conference in the state where every class, event, and award is specifically chosen due to the benefit it provides to our members. If you want the best training that will provide you with tools to better perform your daily duties, this is the conference you need to attend! We look forward to seeing everyone in San Marcos on November 7-11!

    Also, anyone who needs the TCCI 301 Class or TCCI Renewal may register here.

    I look forward to seeing you all in San Marcos!
    Jamey Cantrell
    TACA President

    If a participant wants to provide feedback on this course and/or its sponsor, the participant can mail comments to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Training Course Coordinator, Zoonosis Control, MC 1956, P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas, 78714-9347 or email them to




COVID-19 Resources for Animal Control Officers

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.

Department of State Health Services
Statement on CE Hours andTraining:

Chapter 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code mandates that 30 hours of required continuing education (CE) training for Animal Control Officers (ACOs) approved by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) be completed every 3 years. Of these, DSHS policy has been that a maximum of 10 hours per 3-year period can be obtained via satisfactory completion of DSHS-approved online training.  However, due to the number of course cancellations and the limitations on travel created by the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a temporary exception to this limit has been implemented.  For ACOs whose 3-year period ends between March 15, 2020, and March 15, 2021 (inclusive), up to 30 of the required CE hours can be earned via satisfactory completion of DSHS-approved online training.  Please note that certificates of completion from online sponsors may still include the statement about the 10-hour limit; that does not mean that this temporary exception does not apply.  
Reminder:  currently there is still a requirement in Chapter 829 that the 30 hours of CE be completed within the 3-year period following the completion date of the ACO Basic Training course. However, in light of recent COVID-related events, there is a possibility that the requirement may be waived. We will update you if there is any change.  

Please be advised that the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in cancellation of many Animal Control Officer Basic Training and continuing education courses.  Contact the course sponsor to determine if a course you plan to attend will still be conducted.

Pamela J. Wilson, DrCH, MEd, LVT, MCHES
Zoonosis Control Branch; MC 1956
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, TX   78714-9347

Click here for a list of online courses available for CE hours

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