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Humane Animal Traps
The Fort Worth Animal Care & Control Division offers residents a chance to capture small animals that may be causing problems in their neighborhood using humane, live traps.
In order to ensure the health and safety of trapped animals, we cannot take voicemail messages for trapping services. Call 817-392-1234 during our regular business hours (7 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday) to schedule a trapped animal pick up.
Do not set traps during inclement weather such as heavy rains, snow, or when the ambient temperature is above 100 degrees or below 40 degrees.
Live traps can be picked up at the Animal Care and Control Center, located at 4900 Martin St. Call 817-392-1234 for availability.
- Check the trap on a daily basis – Leaving an animal in a trap for an extended period without notifying Animal Care and Control constitutes Animal Cruelty under the laws of the State of Texas, and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.
- 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 Fort Worth Animal Care and Control to repair or replace the trap if it is damaged, lost, or stolen.
- Call us at 817-392-1234 as soon as possible. Leave a voicemail or tell the operator your name, address, phone number and what is caught in the trap. Contact Animal Care and Control before 3 p.m. for same day pick up.
Use cheap, smelly, canned food. The worse it smells to us, the better it smells to animals. Be sure to slide the bait into the trap so that it will not interfere with the operation of the foot pedal. This usually means setting the bait behind the pedal.
Some suggested baits for wild animals include:
- Squirrels: Peanut butter on bread, nuts, field corn, popcorn or crackers
- Skunks: Peanut butter on bread, peanuts, an egg, or piece of raw chicken
- Foxes and coyotes: Raw, spoiled meat or chicken, smelly canned dog food
- Armadillos: Raw potato or carrot, other root vegetable. It is also possible to “guide” an armadillo into the trap by creating a funnel with boards. The armadillo will wander into the area and, because they do not back up or turn around, be guided into the trap. Some people have even captured armadillos with this method without using any bait.
Where to set the trap
- Set the trap on a fairly level spot. Try to keep it out of sight so it doesn’t get stolen.
- In the summer heat, set the trap in a shady spot so captured animals won’t get overheated.
- Make sure the trap is not set where the animal will be exposed to fire ants.
- Please don’t put it under a building.
- Try to leave it in the same place for each pickup, so the officer may find it quickly.
The Animal task force will review operations and adherence of procedures and laws. The task force will hold at least one public meeting about the shelter as it operates between December and March.
- Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Policy
- Position Paper: Increasing Live Outcomes at the Fort Worth Animal Shelter
- The Daily Challenge To Save All Shelter Pets
4900 Martin St.
Dr. Tim Morton