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Ellis County SPCA

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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We are the housing facility for the Ellis County Sheriff's Office and the Cities of Palmer, Garrett, Milford and Ennis.

We are a private non profit animal shelter.

About Our Shelter:

The Ellis County SPCA opened to the public in August 2004. We are a private non-profit 501(c) (3) organization and are located in Waxahachie, Texas. We are not affiliated with any other SPCA or the ASPCA of New York. Our success depends on the support of donors, volunteers, and animal control contracts with the City of Ennis and the Ellis County Sheriff's office. Due to the extreme number of animals brought in by animal control, we are unable to be a no kill shelter.

Due to an increase in population in Ellis county, there is also an overpopulation of animals. A group of concerned citizens has formed the Ellis County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (EC-SPCA) in an effort to increase adoptions of these animals, to educate our community about the importance of spaying and neutering, to provide information on proper animal care including kindness towards animals, and to help build a modern animal care center.

The Ellis County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was founded in April 2003 by a group of volunteers from the community who saw the need to:

Increase adoptions of unwanted animals by offering them a second chance for life in a loving home;
Foster public sentiment of humanity and gentleness toward animals, and;
Encourage and promote responsible pet ownership by increasing spay/neuters.
Why we cannot be a "No Kill" Shelter
No Kill shelters limit the type and number of animals that they take in based on their “adoptability” and space available in their facility. Animals that are turned away from these types of shelters must still go somewhere. Every animal shelter must do some euthanasia of animals that are sick, aggressive or hurt. We want to help the MAJORITY and cannot limit ourselves to which homeless animals are brought to us. To help pay for overhead of $250,000 annually and to keep our facility open, we current hold two contracts with the Ellis County Sheriff's office and the City of Ennis. We receive over 400 strays monthly from those contracts alone.

We do not set a maximum amount of time we will keep an animal up for adoption. Decisions about euthanasia are based on the adoptability of the animal and the space available to humanely house the animal at the shelter. Rather than setting a time limit, we strive to ensure that each animal remains healthy and adoptable. If the animal becomes stressed, aggressive, or sick at the shelter, or if space becomes a problem, euthanasia may be considered.

It is estimated that animal shelters care for between 6–8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom 3–4 million are euthanized. There are simply not enough responsible homes for all of these wonderful, innocent animals. At this point in time, it would be impossible to humanely house every unwanted animal in the United States.

Come Meet our Pets:

Our shelter is located at 2570 Fm 878 in Waxahachie. We are 2 miles east of Hwy 287 going toward Palmer.

Adoption hours are Tuesday - Friday 12-4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm

Our Adoption Process:

Adoption fees vary from $30-$75 for cats and $50-$80 for dogs. There is a contract that must be filled out and certain requirements of the home in order for an animal to be placed with you. Not all animals are altered prior to adoption, but you must have this done in accordance with Texas State Law withing 30 days of adoption or by the age of six months if the animal is a juvenile.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.