Animal Services has humane traps available for your use in emergency situations. A trap rental agreement will need to be completed and a deposit of $75.00 for a wildlife trap is required. Deposit will be returned when humane trap is returned in good working order. The staff will be happy to show you how to set the trap.
How does a humane trap work?
A humane trap is a cage with a door on one end, which can be lifted up and set in place with a small hook. The door is connected to a flat metal trip plate on the bottom of the trap. The trap is baited by placing food at the back of the trap, past the trip plate. When an animal enters the trap, the weight of its paw on the trip plate triggers the door to shut behind it. The trip plate is far enough away from the door so that the animal is not harmed. Also note that by baiting a trap you run the risk of attracting other animals to your property.
Check the trap on a daily basis. Leaving an animal in a trap for an extended period without notifying Animal Control constitutes Animal Cruelty under the laws of the State of Texas, and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment
*IMPORTANT* Please don’t set traps on weekends, holidays, or in inclement weather because Animal Control Officers are not available for picking up animals in traps. Traps can be set Monday night through Thursday night. Traps may be set or reset on Monday night provided Tuesday is not a Holiday.
Do not set the trap on the day before or the day of a holiday, and do not lend the trap to any other person or remove it from your property. Responsibility for the trap is solely yours during this agreement, and you will be held responsible for any expenses incurred by Rowlett Animal Services to repair or replace the trap if it is damaged, lost, or stolen.
Do not set traps when inclement weather (ex: temperature 32 degrees, rain, storm, snow, etc.)
Do not set traps when heat temperatures are extreme. (heat or cold.)
Call us at (972) 412-6219 as soon as possible. Leave a voicemail or tell the dispatcher your name, address, phone number and what is caught in the trap.
Animal Services will not remove animals from humane traps after regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8-5:00 pm).
The welfare of the trapped animal is the responsibility of the person who sets the trap. If the animal is injured or dies it could constituted as animal cruelty. Check traps first thing in the morning and call Animal Services.
Trapping animals does not help to remove wildlife from your property, it will make the problem worse as it will allow animals to move in and attempt to claim the territory.