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Sightings of coyotes and bobcats are common in Little Elm and throughout the North Texas area. A healthy coyote/bobcat sighting does not constitute a threat to 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, and many have adapted to survive in suburban and urban areas.
These small predators may appear to be a threat but pose very 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 otherwise 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.
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Animal Services is located at 1605 Mark Tree Lane, Little Elm, TX 75068.
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Closed for lunch: noon-1 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. by appointment onlySunday: Closed
To file a complaint or request service, please call 9723-77-1898 to speak with an Animal Services Officer. If an ASO is not available to personally answer your call, 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, description of the animal (if known), owner’s address (if known), and nature of the complaint.
The request for service will be assigned to a field ASO who will investigate the complaint and take appropriate action.
Most of the 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, and all adoptions are done on a first-come, first-served basis.
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. It is the owner’s responsibility to 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 bill or electric bill. All animals that are 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, requests 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 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 is brought to the shelter.
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 be in contact with 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 if necessary.
The Little Elm Shelter does not provide vaccinations to the public; however, Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) comes to the shelter quarterly to provide 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 for more information 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 would need to 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 you need more information, contact Animal Services at 972-234-9453.