Adopt a dog or cat from the Ellis County Animal Care Center

Dogs and cats are now available for adoption at the completely renovated and updated Ellis County Animal Care Center in Waxahachie, Texas.

Located at 2570 Farm-to-Market Road 878, Waxahachie, Texas, the Ellis County Animal Care Center is open Wednesday through Saturday each week from noon to 4:00 p.m. for dog and cat adoptions.

The adoption fee for each pet covers a long list of additional services that would add up to several hundred dollars if paid for individually, including:

  • Castration and sterilization
  • All age-appropriate vaccines
  • Heartworm Test for Dogs Six Months or Older
  • FIV/FeLV test for cats four months or older
  • Initial preventative against fleas and ticks
  • Initial heartworm preventative
  • microchip
  • 30 days of pet health insurance
  • 14 day wellness exam
  • One week of free on-demand training via the Good Pup app
  • A free leash or temporary cat carrier

Adoption fees are $75 for dogs and cats six months or older and $150 for kittens and puppies up to six months old.

Animals available for adoption can be viewed on the Texas SPCA’s Find a Pet page.

The Ellis County Animal Care Center has been completely renovated and updated. Photo courtesy of the Texas SPCA.

For two decades, the shelter at the address was operated by the now-defunct Ellis County SPCA. Although the Ellis County SPCA and the Texas SPCA have similar names, the two organizations are completely independent and not affiliated with each other or any other organization bearing the generic SPCA initials.

The Dallas-based SPCA of Texas began meeting with the Ellis County SPCA board about a year before taking over the facility in a bid to respond to reports of poor patient care conditions. animals at the shelter. After working with staff and the board to find a solution, the two parties reached a mutual agreement in June 2020 that the Texas SPCA should acquire the facility and implement the necessary changes.

The Ellis County Commissioners Court then voted on July 16, 2020 to transfer the county’s state-mandated animal protection services to the Texas SPCA, and thus the Ellis County Animal Care Center was launched.

Maura Davies, vice president of marketing and communications for the Texas SPCA, says the facility has been “completely renovated” and designed to prioritize the mental and physical health of the animals that are cared for by the organization.

“Within a few months, the Texas SPCA renovated the facility’s floors, drywall, HVAC system, and electrical system. We installed a complete new kennel system, the flooring, so every surface you can imagine has been completely redone – every area has been completely redone,” she says. “And there were actually several philanthropic foundations that helped support the acquisition and the renovation. And these included the Better Together Fund, the Petco Foundation and the Waxahachie Foundation. And we are so grateful to all of these entities for investing in the future of animal rescue in Ellis County to help us make these improvements.

Maura says visitors to the new facility can expect to see a brighter, cleaner and happier shelter and a staff that works to accommodate anyone who wants to come in to add a new member to the family.

“The Texas SPCA’s goal in pursuing our mission is to maintain this facility with our mission in mind, which is to provide every animal with exceptional care and a loving home,” she says.

Black and white dog in a modern kennel at the Ellis County Animal Care Center in Waxahachie Texas
Visitors to the Ellis County Animal Care Center will see a completely renovated facility that emphasizes the mental and physical well-being of dogs and cats in the organization’s care. Photo courtesy of the Texas SPCA.

The Texas SPCA is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization founded in 1938 in Dallas, Texas, and is considered the most comprehensive and oldest animal welfare agency in North Texas. The organization has an outstanding adoption and release rate of 96% and only euthanizes animals to avoid long-standing suffering or hardship.

In addition to the Ellis County Animal Care Center, the organization operates the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, the Myron K. Martin Spay and Neuter and Wellness Clinic, the Mary Spencer Spay and Neuter and Wellness Clinic, all in Dallas, and the Equine and Breeding Center in McKinney.

Anyone who wishes to support the work of the Texas SPCA can make a monetary contribution, help purchase items on the organization’s wish list, volunteer, or provide any other form of support listed on the Ways to Give webpage. the organization.

Benjamin M. Yerger