TACA Mission Statement
TACA is an association committed to the advancement of all animal control and animal welfare professionals through education, leadership, and advocacy. Please click here to read TACA's current by-laws.
Who we are
Established in 1974, the Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of animal control and animal welfare personnel. Membership in TACA shows the highest degree of commitment to the animal control and welfare field. 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.
Dr. Archie Flowers of Texas A&M University for providing leadership, direction, and expertise in establishing the Texas Animal Control Association
In the fall of 1973, Dr. Edwin A. Beckhom Jr., Public Health Veterinarian for the City of Dallas, wrote a letter to Texas A&M University seeking assistance with animal population control. A group from Texas A&M discussed the problem with Dr. Beckhom and the Assistant City Manager of Dallas. At this meeting, it was decided the problem needed to be addressed on a statewide basis. Invitations were sent to the cities of San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso requesting a second meeting. On February 5, 1974, a meeting was held at the Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas at the Annual Convention of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a statewide program for the control of the different animal populations in Texas. The meeting was informal, with discussions from several different perspectives on the (then) programs and problems facing communities.
Those in attendance included:
On May 13, 1974 at 10:00 a.m., a meeting was held in Room 301, J. Earl Rudder Tower on the Texas A&M Campus with 29 persons in attendance. Dr. Flowers and William R. Blackwell served as temporary co-chairs of the meeting. Dr. Flowers explained the background leading up to the proposed formation of the association. After discussion of the purpose for the organization, requirements for membership, etc., the name "Texas Animal Control Association" was formally adopted.
Established in 1974, The Texas Animal Control Association is not a governing body, but is an association dedicated to the advancement of animal control and animal welfare personnel. The Texas Animal Control Association is a 501c 3 non-profit organization. Money used to conduct business of the Association comes from membership dues, fees for services, etc. TACA may receive grants or funds from workshops it sponsors. The officers, Board of Directors and regional advisors are volunteers and receive no salary for their services.
The objectives of the Texas Animal Control Association are: