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Try the Plano Animal Shelter & other ways to adopt a Pet

Are you looking to adopt a new pet in Plano? Did you know that we have our very own City-run Plano Animal Shelter?

There are so many pets waiting for you to take them home, that have been rehoused and looking for permanent homes.

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Things to Consider

1) Why do you want a pet?
2) Do you have time for a pet?
3) Are you willing to meet all the pet’s needs?
4) Can you afford a pet?
5) Who will take care of your pet if you travel?
6) Can you have a pet where you live?
7) Are you willing to have pet fur in your house?
8) Does everyone in your household, including your current pets, want to have
a pet?
9) Are you willing to train the pet and be patient as it may take some time?
10) Do you have young kids or babies that may not respond well to pets?
11) Are you prepared to keep and take care of the pet for his or her entire lifetime?

Here’s how to adopt a pet in Plano and more about the Plano Animal Shelter.

Adopting a pet can bring so much joy for the owners and for the pet too. Plano has its own animal shelter that is full of many wonderful pets just waiting to be adopted.

Plano Animal Shelter

Plano Animal Shelter

Location: 4028 West Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093

Call: 972-769-4360

Opening Hours:

Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm

Please allow 15 minutes before closing for a visit with an animal

The Plano Animal Shelter is operated by the Animal Services Department within the City of Plano.

The Shelter mainly houses dogs and cats but from time to time they have smaller animals, like rabbits, birds, ferrets, and other small mammals. The availability of any animal is subject to change at any time. 

If you see an animal listed online that you think may fit with your family into your home, write down all the information (especially the ID number) and come to the shelter or call them to see if the animal is still available and you can come meet them.

How to Adopt a Pet in Plano

How much does it cost to adopt a Pet in the Plano Animal Shelter?

Generally, they charge an adoption fee for any dog, cat, puppy, or kitten of $80. Many animals are listed as VIPs and their adoption fees are only $40! Usually, these animals have been at the shelter for a while and taken care of by Animal Services.

Adoption fees include:

  • Collar and tags
  • First set of vaccinations (including rabies)
  • Heartworm test for dogs (if over six months of age)
  • Heartworm treatment if the dog tests positive
  • Microchip implantation and registration
  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Other goodies

These services could easily cost several hundred to more than a thousand dollars at a private veterinary clinic if you were to get a “free” pet from elsewhere. Adopting with the Plano Animal Shelter allows you to save money while you save a life!

Keep an eye out for special times of the year when Plano Animal Shelter only charges $20 for pet adoptions.

To find a Pet, you can start using the Plano Animal Shelter online tool

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Other places to adopt a Pet around Collin County

In addition to animal services, these are the places that are most recommended by local Moms around Plano that offer pet adoption.

Adopting a Pet: Facts and Figures

Not just in Collin County, but in the United States, over 2,000 puppies and over 3,500 kittens are born every hour, compared with 485 human beings. As a result, between 4 and 5 million dogs and cats have to be humanely destroyed each year by Animal Services for lack of good homes without pet adoption.
These innocent animals only need a safe, loving home in order to stay alive. So come adopt a pet today, but please remember that adoption is a very important decision, and it can affect the animal’s life!

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Doreen Simonian

Sunday 16th of July 2017

Thx for posting this. I've adopted several dogs over the years, have fostered some and also volunteered at local rescues. There are so many wonderful pets in need of loving homes. This is a cause near and dear to my heart. I also have great respect for Lone Star Rescue. My niece got a wonderful dog from them and I've helped them out here and there during events. Great group of people!


Sunday 16th of July 2017

Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Doreen!