Health Department


Chauncy Williams, R.E.H.S./R.S - Director 

Department of Health Services


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 220
Ennis, TX 75120

Physical Address:
105 S. Preston Street

Ennis, TX 75119

Ph: (972) 875-6442
Fx: (972) 875-8540

Animal Control > Owner's Surrender

Owner's Surrender

  City of Ennis Department of Health Services  

Owner Surrender

Do you need to surrender an animal to us?

Animals such as dogs and cats may be surrendered to Animal Serivies in person at the Department of Health Services located at 500 Lake Bardwell Drive; by contating the Department of Health Servces by phone at 972-875-1234 or at the Ellis County SPCA.

Any animals brought in for surrender must be accompanied by a resident of City  of Ennis with a valid driver's license or other proof of local residency.

If you do not live in the City  of Ennis, will not be able to intake your animal due to the rules governed by the City of Ennis and the Ellis County SPCA.

Any animals directly brought into the Ellis County SPCA for owner surrender must be accompanied by a resident of Ellis County SPCA.  If you do not live in the City of Ennis we service will not be able to intake your animal due to the rules governed by the City of Ennis and Ellis County SPCA.

Deciding to surrender your pet can be very emotional and difficult for both you and your pet. The City of Ennis Department of Health Services in coroboration with the Ellis County SPCA Shelter would like to make this decision and the surrender process as easy as possible. If we can help you find a way for your pet to remain a member of your family that will be our first priority.  However if that's not possible, we want you to know that we will be happy to receive your animal. 

Alternate Options

Behavioral Issues

If the reason for your possible surrender is a behavior issue we recommend that you consider the following information:

Spaying or neuterng can have a dramatic impact on a pet's behavior.  Check with your veterinarian to see if this is an option that you may want to try before surrendering your animal.

There are many helpful hints on line.  The internet can be a convenient source of information in a wide range of animal behavior subject matter.  Look at serveral sites before deciding which method of training will fit your life and concerns.  Not every method works the first time so give it a chance.

Discuss the problem with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may be able to suggest a training method or even a medication to eliminate the problem.  

If you have to give up your pet, please do the right thing:


DON’T drop your pet off in the woods or countryside, assuming that it can take care of itself.  Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.

DON’T abandon your pet in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. This doesn’t always happen.

DON’T give your pet away to a stranger. You don’t know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or sold to research laboratories.


If the reason for your possible surrender of your pet is that you are relocating or moving, we recommend that you consider the following information:

Finding housing that allows pets can sometimes be frustrating and costly.  Try searching in local papers, online, or check with a local realtor.  Asking for suggestions from a realtor does not mean you have to sign a contract.  Most of these people live in the communty and can be wonderful helpful neighbors.

Plan ahead and begin looking for housing that acepts pets as soon as you know you will be moving.
Taking your time allows you more of a chance to consder your options.

Surrendering Your Animal 

When all else has been considered and you believe that surrendering your animal is the best option for you and your pet, again we will happily accept your animal.  For Ennis residents, there is no fee associated with owner surrenders of animals.

Every reasonable effort will be made to find a suitable home or placement for each animal.  Animals with medical or behavioral problems that are treatable with reasonable effort and resources will receive necessary care to improve their adoptability and place them in appropriate homes.  Animals deemed unadoptable are humanely euthanized.

Because of the problems associated with re-homing certain types of anmals, the Department in coorboration with the Ellis County SPCA deems the following animals to be unadoptable: feral cats, wolf hybrids, puppies under four weeks of age or kittens weighting less than one pound surrendered without a mother.

When you surrender your animal, we ask that you fill out a form releasing your animal to us and providing us with as much information as possible to assist us in re-homing your pet. We also ask that you provide any medical records that you may have regarding the animal.  Please have this form completed or be able to provide the following information upon surrendering your animal to us. Owner Surrender Form.  

The Department is located at 500 Lake Bardwell Drive Ennis, Texas 75119. This service is a free, available at no cost to ENNIS RESIDENTS ONLY and you will be required to complete the proper owner surrender form as well as show proof of residency.  Office hours M-F 8a.m. – 5p.m. You may contact Animal Control by dialing 972 -875-1234.