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Since Spring 2002


Adopt a Rescue, Save a Life...


FOUND PETS: Phone calls are accepted.

LOST PETS: You must visit in person to bring a photo of your pet. If you do not have a photo, then print a photo from the web site that looks the most like your dog's breed. If your breed is a mix and you are unsure, then visit the animal shelter and view the found and quarantined animals pointing out one that looks the closest to your pet's breed. Identifying the breed is critical in finding your pet.


List of City Shelters

List of Breed Rescue Groups  City Animal Shelter Kill Policy If you have LOST a pet, please visit all of the city animal shelters in the city with a photo or at least mail a photo. North Dallas area shelters are listed below, with an extensive listing of the entire city at the bottom of this page.



IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT! Responsible pet owners rarely end up having a pet picked up by animal control. Irresponsible pet owners are responsible for 99.9% of the costs involved in running an animal shelter. Why should the average tax payer be responsible for funding animal control? If pet owners were made 100% responsible for paying the costs of running an animal shelter through heavy fees to get their dogs out of "jail" then responsibility would go way up real fast.

TOP TEN RED FLAGS THAT ARE A SIGN OF IRRESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP. THESE CONDITIONS EXIST IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER BY PEOPLE CLAIMING LOST DOGS AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER! 99.9% of all shelter dogs had access to the outdoors and an unsecure gate when the owner was not home. 100% of indoor or crated dogs do not end up lost.

Dog ran away while out in public place.

Fence was kicked in.

Just gave a bath and didn't put collar back on.

Dog dug out

Gate blew open


Dog not wearing a collar or tags because of one of the following conditions:


Dog is not walked on a daily basis so the owner doesn't remember to put the collar back on.

Dog is not neutered/spayed.

Dog has never been through formal obedience in combination with being walked off leash.

Dog lives outdoors and not with family.

Dog has access to outdoors when owner not home.

Dog is bathed frequently because they live in the backyard rain or shine.

Fences or Gates are not locked or latched from inside.

No doggie door installed.

Dog is left alone for extended periods of time with access to backyard. (8+ hours a day)

Owner has two jobs or goes to school.

No double gate system.

No locks on gates.

Dog digs or is destructive because of being isolated from the family.

Dog is destructive due to being left alone alot therefore is banished to living in the backyard because the owner refuses to enforce crate training.

Owner lives in an apartment in combination with working long hours.

When one or more of these conditions exist, it is a recipe for failure. People tend to fall into one or the other category: Extremely responsible or Irresponsible. Most irresponsible people do not view themselves as such unfortunately. While it is typical for even the extremely responsible person to fail on one item in the red flag list, 100% of the irresponsible people fail on more than one item.  If three or more of the conditions on the right side of the table have existed in your home in the past or are likely to exist in the future, do NOT adopt a dog until you are totally prepared. Pets are mentally handicapped children who can't speak English and they can not be left alone any more than a child can. It is a crime to leave a child alone because they could die, but the same standards are not held by most people for their pets. The facts are that an unattended pet can die but since one rarely goes to jail for it, they don't care. Caring is different from guilt. Feeling guilty does not make one a good parent.

Formal obedience serves several purposes. The first purpose is to train the owner and secondly the dog. The most important reason for formal obedience is that the dog gets regular social activity outside the home/yard with their owners for companionship and is therefore less likely to be bored.  Backyards are not fun for your dog unless YOU are in it. Dogs who live in backyards are essentially isolated from their "pack" and will do anything to find relief and companionship.  Dog are intelligent, social animals and will literally go insane living by themselves in a backyard. Many dogs get out of the backyard by digging. Digging is a sign of a bored animal or one who misses their owner. 8 hours away may not seem like a long time to a person but to a dog 8 Hours is an eternity if not punishment. Dogs become claustrophobic when left alone on a chronic basis.

LOST PUPPIES: Puppies need daily on-leash exercise outside the neighborhood, regardless of one's excuses, until they are from 9 months to one year old. This is part of their obedience training in learning "follow the leader" and to bond with their owner so that they don't run off. This is the owner's responsibility to do and is considered good parenting.
North Texas City Animal Shelter Links
Name Location Phone Types of Animals For Adoption Hours Kill Policy
Addison Animal Control 16801 West Grove 972-450-2845 Dogs & Cat    
Plano Animal Shelter Central Plano

4028 W, Plano Pkwy.

972-769-4360 Dogs and Cats, mostly lost purebreds. Many are put to sleep every week.  

Tues-Fri 11:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Sat. 10 - 4 p.m.

Euthanasia at eight business days after arrival. 
Garland Animal Shelter Central Garland 972-205-3570

Fax Photos to 972-

Dogs and Cats. Many are put to sleep every week including puppies.   At 8 business days after arrival regardless of health or personality. Many young, healthy dogs and cats put to sleep daily.
Richardson Animal Control Richardson 972-744-4480


Dogs and Cats. High adoption ratio because of location in Silicone Corridor.   No Kill
Sachse Animal Control Garland Animal Shelter Calls handled by Sachse Police Department and Garland Animal Services Contact Garland Animal Shelter.    See Garland Animal Shelter.
Arlington Animal Control Arlington 817-451-3436 Dogs and Cats    
Flower Mound Animal Services 1200 Gerault Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028
972-874-6390   8 -5 M-F

10-3 Sat 

Very Small. Rarely puts animals to sleep.
Highland Village Animal Services 1800 FM 407
Highland Village, TX 75067
972-317-2558 Fax


Good Adoption Ratio 8 -5 M-F Rarely puts animals to sleep. Very small shelter.
Lewisville Animal Services 851 Treatment Plant Road
Lewisville, TX 75029-9002
972-219-3478   8 -5 M-F  
Cat & Dog Rescue Group Links
SPCA The Colony 4720 E. Lake Highlands in
The Colony

Fax:  972.624.2238


Visit the website for hours and a map. Does have a  Kill policy.
SPCA McKinney 8411 F.M. 720
in McKinney


Fax: 972.562.0018 Vet:

Visit the website for hours and a map.  
SPCA of North Texas - Downtown Dallas 362 S. Industrial Blvd.


Fax: 214.651.9244

Visit the website for hours.  
North Texas Humane Society Fort Worth 817-332-5367 All  
ARK Animal Rescue Club        
Humane Society of Greater Dallas Dallas 214-343-3666 Please Call  
Disco Dog and Kitty
(Humane Society of Dallas County)
Dallas - Red Jacket on Lower Greenville & Petco 214-350-7387 All But Reptiles  
Operation Kindness Carrollton 972-418-PAWS
Dogs and Cats KILL POLICY: Only for terminally ill, severely injured or pets with expensive, chronic illnesses.
Lexee's Legacy Petsmart on Park and Preston every Sat. from noon to 5 p.m.   Dogs and Cats  
Animal Refuge Foundation (ARF) Sherman 903-564-7056 Dogs  
Southern Animal Rescue Association (SARA) Seguin 830-401-0280 Dogs and Cats  
Glennhaven Animal Sanctuary Grand Prairie Dogs and Cats  
Paws 4 Life Christoval 915-896-1076 Dogs and Cats  
Animal Adoption Center of Garland Garland 972-494-KIND Dogs and Cats  
Animal Rescue League Lewisville 972-420-0641 Dogs and Cats  
Homeward Bound Fort Worth 817-792-5122 Dogs and Cats  
Ellis County Volunteer Animal Shelter Red Oak 972-617-3581 Dogs and Cats  
Help for Helpless Animals Plano 972-424-4860 Please Call  
Pet Rescue Society, Inc Fort Worth 817-572-3220 Please Call  
Humane Animal Rescue Team (HART) Irving 214-332-9535 Dogs and Cats  
Hopkins County Animal Protection League Sulphur Springs 903-439-2953 Please Call  
Animal Defense League San Antonio 210-655-1481 Dogs and Cats  
Animal Trustees of Austin Austin 512-302-0388 Dogs and Cats  
Critter Buddies Elgin 512-281-2687 Dogs and Cats  
Special Pals Houston 281-579-7220 Dogs, Cats, and Pigs  
South Texas Animal Sanctuary Weslaco 956-969-5989 Dogs, Cats, and Farm Animals  
Breed Rescue Groups
DFW Pug Rescue D-FW Pugs - No mixes.  
Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas Dallas 214-750-4477 Golden Retrievers  
Beagle Rescue Carrollton See Operation Kindness There is no Beagle rescue for DFW.

Operation Kindness accepts Beagles when they are not full, which is rarely!

Greyhound Rescue of Texas, Inc. Hillsboro 354-582-0364 Greyhounds Only  
Dallas/Fort Worth Sheltie Rescue Frisco 972-994-7848 Shelties Only  



VISIT, DO NOT CALL, if your lost pet is not purebred or you do not know the breed exactly.   Shelters will not attempt to identify mixed breeds over the phone and will not accept such calls. The chance of missing the pet is too great to gamble on an over-the-phone description. Photos are the only way to identify mixed breeds. Most shelters use volunteers. They are NOT breed experts. You must visit the shelter every three days until your pet is found or else you risk it being put to sleep. You are encouraged to take photos to each animal shelter to place in their scrapbook or on the bulletin board. This will greatly increase your chances of finding your pet. Shelter volunteers will show you photos of found pets and give you names and phone numbers of people who have contributed to their scrapbook.

If you have lost a purebred animal, please contact all area rescue groups for that breed and email a photo. Find such groups by doing a web search for current phone numbers or call your city's local animal control for the group in charge of your area.

Arlington Animal Shelter
5920 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, TX 76013

Azle Animal Control
724 Park Street
Azle, TX 76020

Bedford Animal Shelter
1809 Reliance Parkway
Bedford, TX 76021

Carrollton Animal Control
2727 Nimitz Drive
Carrollton, TX 75007

Colleyville Animal Control

Coppell Animal Control
Sandy Lake Animal Clinic
P.O. Box 478
Coppell, TX 75019

Corinth Animal Control
2003 South Corinth Street
Corinth, TX 76205

Dallas Animal Shelter -

Forney Road location
8414 Forney Road
Dallas, TX 75227

Dallas Animal Shelter - Oak Cliff location
525 Shelter Place
Dallas, TX 75203

Decatur Animal Shelter
2901 South FM 51
Decatur, TX 76234

Denton Animal Control
300 Woodrow Lane
Denton, TX 76205

DeSoto Animal Control
211 East Pleasant Run Road
DeSoto, TX 75115

Euless Animal Shelter
1517 Westpark Way
Euless, TX 76040

Farmers Branch Animal Shelter
13333 Senlac Drive
Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Flower Mound Animal Control
1200 Gerault Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028

Fort Worth Animal Shelter
1800 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Garland Animal Shelter
600 Tower Street
Garland, TX 75040

Grand Prairie Animal Control
1225 West Freeway Street
Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Grapevine Animal Control
500 Shady Brook
Grapevine, TX 76051

Hickory Creek Animal Control
8696 Stemmons Frwy.
P.O. Box 453
Hickory Creek, TX 75065

Highland Village Animal Control
1800 FM 407
Highland Village, TX 75067

Hurst Animal Control
2001 Precinct Line Road
Hurst, TX 76054

Irving Animal Shelter
100 North Briery Road
Irving, TX 75061

Lake Dallas Animal Control
601 North Lakeview Drive
P.O. Box 368
Lake Dallas, TX 75065

Lancaster City Animal Control
700 East Main Street
Lancaster, TX 75146

Lewisville Animal Control
851 Treatment Plant Road
P.O. Box 2299002
Lewisville, TX 75029-9002

McKinney City Animal Shelter
506 Interchange Street
McKinney, TX 75069

Mesquite City Animal Shelter
1101 East Main Street
Mesquite, TX 75149

Richardson City Animal Shelter
1330 Columbia Drive
Richardson, TX 75081

The Colony Animal Control
4720 East Lake Highlands
The Colony, TX 75056