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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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2022 TACA Annual Conference
(approved for 15 CE hours by DSHS)

November 13-16, 2022
Embassy Suites in San Marcos

Click here to register!

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

Pre-Conference Euthanasia Re-Certification
Sunday, November 13th
Free for all current TACA Members

TCCI Course 301 on Sunday, November 13th 

The Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel Conference Center and Spa in San Marcos.
Please click here to make room reservations or call (512) 392-6450 and ask for the TACA Conference rates
that start at just $139 per night for a single and includes a buffet breakfast and evening manager's reception!
Reservations must be made by October 22, 2022, to get TACA's special rates!

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


Upcoming events

    • March 21, 2022
    • November 11, 2022
    • San Marcos, TX
    Register

    The Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) will hold its 48th Annual Conference in San Marcos, TX, on November 13th thru the 16th 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 thousands of dollars for nothing more than a small table in a crowded, expansive exhibit hall.  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 Edward Cruz, our Exhibitor Committee Chairemail me, or call (682) 241-0905.

    Sincerely,
    Jay Sabatucci
    Executive Director
    Texas Animal Control Association   

    • August 27, 2022
    • September 30, 2022
    Register

    Each year at the TACA Annual Conference, awards are presented to outstanding organizations and individuals to recognize their achievements in and contributions to the animal welfare profession. 

    TACA is requesting nominations for various awards to be presented at the Annual Training Conference. Descriptions for each award, including the requirements for nominees, can be found on TACA's website.  In addition to specifically set guidelines, nominations must include the following: Name, address, and phone number of nominee, resume or background information; nomination category; justification or reason for nomination; name, address and phone number of person and organization or agency who will accept the award if nominee is chosen by the TACA Board; and information on the person submitting the nomination.

    Nominations for all awards can be made by clicking on the green "Register" button on the left.  Emailed or mailed nominations will not be accepted.  All nominations must be submitted by September 30, 2022. 


    • November 13, 2022
    • November 16, 2022
    • San Marcos, TX
    Register

    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. animalservices@city.gov).  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 or call (512) 392-6450 and ask for the TACA Conference rates that start at just $139 per night for a single.  Hotel reservations must be made by October 22, 2022, 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! This course is approved by DSHS for 15 continued education hours. We look forward to seeing everyone in San Marcos on November 13-16!

    I look forward to seeing you all in San Marcos!

    Edna Ellis
    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 The.Vet@dshs.state.tx.us.

    • November 13, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center, San Marcos
    • 53
    Register
    COURSE 301

    Topics covered include Texas animal laws, on-scene evidence collection, processing evidence in the shelter, puppy mills, and animal hoarding.  

    The Course will be held in conjunction with TACA's Annual Training Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel Conference Center and Spa in San Marcos.  Please click here to make room reservations or call (512) 392-6450 and ask for the TACA Conference rates that start at just $139 per night for a single.  Hotel reservations must be made by October 22, 2022, to ensure you receive these special rates. You do not have to attend the conference to attend Course 301.  Please click here for more details about the conference, including course descriptions and speaker bios. 

    Course 301 is approved for 6.5 CE hours by TDSHS.

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

    Courses 101 and 301 are accepted by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) 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 TCCI 101 and/or TCCI 201 and only be required to complete TCCI 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
     

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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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