Are you interested in becoming a Rescue & Investigations Investigator?
In 1984, the SPCA of Texas created its Rescue and Investigations
department with the goal of reducing and spreading public awareness of
inhumane treatment of animals across the state.
In 2008, almost 3,600 investigations were conducte and over 1,800
animals were rescued (over 20 investigations were pursued in civil
court). Our Animal Cruelty Investigators operate under the Texas Health
and Safety Code and could not continue their work without the support
of SPCA of Texas contributors. To sponsor an SPCA of Texas Animal
Cruelty Investigator, please visit click here.
With the growing awareness of and interest in fostering the humane
treatment of all animals, people often ask us how they can become an
Animal Cruelty Investigator. Below we have provided some helpful
information and resources to get you started.
Education and Experience
It is recommended that you have one or more of the following qualifications:
- Criminal Justice Courses offered by Universities and Junior Colleges
- Law enforcement training
- Animal Cruelty courses
The SPCA of Texas requires at least one year of fieldwork experience
(i.e. Animal Control) for consideration as an investigator in our
organization. Please refer back to our Employment Opportunities page for current job openings.
Organizations that offer Animal Cruelty Courses:
Humane Society of the United States
Southwest Regional Office
ATTN: Jay Sabatucci
3001 LBJ Freeway, Suite 224
Dallas, TX 75234
American Humane Association
63 Inverness Dr. East
Englewood, CO 80112
National Animal Control Association
P.O. Box 480851
Kansas City, MO 64148
Texas Animal Control Association
PO Box 150637
Lufkin, TX 75915
Law Enforcement Training Institute
National Cruelty Investigations School
University of Missouri-Columbia
321 Hearnes Center
Columbia, Missouri 65211
If you live outside of North Texas and would like information about
humane investigations in your area, you may be able to find out more
information through your local animal care/control agency.