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Most animals needing new homes can be seen on our Adoption Information page. Our selection changes regularly, so if you are interested in adopting a pet, we ask that you visit our shelter during regular business hours. We cannot hold animals for potential adopters; all adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Animal Services is located at 1605 Mark Tree Lane, Little Elm, TX 75068.
Monday - Closed to the public. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Closed for lunch: noon-1 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday: Closed
Call 972-377-1898 to speak with an Animal Services Officer to file a complaint or request service. If an ASO is unavailable to answer your call personally, please leave a voicemail, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
The ASO will need the exact physical address of the complaint, a description of the animal (if known), the owner’s address (if known), and the nature of the complaint.
The service request will be assigned to a field ASO who will investigate the complaint and take appropriate action.
Lost: If you have a lost pet, we ask that you come to the shelter or visit our Lost and Found Page and make a lost/found report. The owner must visit the shelter and reclaim any lost pet before the expiration of the animal’s five-day hold period.
Found: All found animals must be reported to Animal Services. Finders can bring the animal to our shelter anytime during our regular hours, or they can request that an Animal Services Officer pick the animal up from their residence. If you are willing to care for the animal until the owner can be located, please let us know when you report it and bring it to the shelter or take it to a vet to be scanned for a microchip. Please be advised that you are considered the owner of said found animal after five days and will be required to abide by all Town ordinances and State Laws, including rabies vaccination.
Town of Little Elm residents can bring their pets to the Animal Shelter anytime during the regular hours. **Proof of residency will be required to surrender an animal, such as a water or electric bill. All animals surrendered by their owner immediately become the property of the Town of Little Elm. While euthanasia is always a last resort, Little Elm Animal Services can never guarantee adoption for any animal that is surrendered to us. Therefore, we request that animals only be brought to us when no other housing alternatives are available.
Town of Little Elm residents can bring their pets to the shelter for euthanasia anytime during our regular shelter hours. **We do not provide euthanasia services on Saturdays.
The owner must sign a euthanasia request form and pay a $35 fee to perform this service. We request that residents bring their animals to the shelter. A humane lethal injection performs all euthanasia, and the remains are then cremated. Owners may not be present when euthanasia is performed, and no private cremations are offered.
If the owner wants a private cremation or for remains to be returned to them, they must make arrangements with one of the local private crematories and let us know which company will be coming to pick the remains up when the animal arrives and is brought to the shelter.
Sightings of coyotes and bobcats are common in Little Elm and throughout the North Texas area. A healthy coyote/bobcat sighting does not threaten residents, and as long as their behavior appears normal, there is no reason to contact Animal Services. Contrary to popular belief, these animals do not live only in rural settings; many have adapted to survive in suburban and urban areas.
These small predators may appear as a threat but pose little danger to people. However, on rare occasions, pets have been attacked by a coyote or bobcat.
Homeowners benefit from coyotes and bobcats because their predation keeps the population of rodents and vermin down in the area. For more information, visit www.dfwwildlife.org.
• Do keep small dogs and cats inside at night.
• Do keep the covers secured on your trash receptacles.
• Do keep your dog and cat on a leash (as required by city ordinance).
• Do report the coyote/bobcat sighting to the DFW Wildlife Coalition at 972-234-9453.
• Do try to consider that they were here first.
• Don't feed your pets on the back porch or leave food out overnight.
• Don't walk your small dog in wooded areas.
• Don't approach, chase, make noises, throw rocks, or taunt a coyote or bobcat.
• Don't approach any wild animal that appears trapped, injured, or sick. Contact Animal Services immediately at 972-377-1898.
• Don't ever try to touch a coyote, bobcat, or any other wild animal.
If an animal bites you, even if it is your animal, you are required by State law to report the bite to your Local Rabies Control Authority. If after hours, you can call our on-call officer at 469-853-2929, and an officer will contact you.
These animals are often not "orphans" at all; they are either already old enough to be on their own or are still being cared for by parents who purposely stay away to prevent attracting predators. The best thing to do is call the DFW Wildlife Coalition at 972-234-9453 or visit www.dfwwildlife.org for more information. They can help you determine if the animal needs assistance and contact a local wildlife rehabilitator.
The Little Elm Shelter does not provide vaccinations to the public; however, the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) comes to the shelter quarterly to offer low-cost vaccinations and other basic veterinary services such as heartworm tests, nail trims, and other treatments. You can contact the Animal Shelter at 972-377-1898 or visit the info page here.
The Little Elm Animal Services officers are not equipped to handle bees. A pest control or professional bee removal company must be contacted to remove the bees.
If a snake is in your home or garage, an Animal Services Officer will remove it. If the snake is in your yard, it will not be removed. Your yard is their natural habitat. If the snake is left alone, it will leave on its own.
If you have additional questions or need more information, contact Animal Services at 972-234-9453.