Humane Live Traps

Available for Loan

Irving Animal Services has humane traps available for Irving residents and businesses to borrow. The traps are available to use for 10 days, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Raccoon in a humane live trap

How Does a Humane Trap Work?

A humane trap is a cage with a door on one end which can be lifted up and set in place with a small hook. The door is connected to a flat metal trip plate on the bottom of the trap.

The trap is baited by placing food at the back of the trap, past the trip plate. When an animal enters the trap, the weight of its paw on the trip plate triggers the door to shut behind it. The trip plate is far enough away from the door so that the animal is not harmed.

Purchasing a Trap

If you would prefer to buy a humane trap of your own, contact us at (972) 721-2256 for additional information. If you purchase your own humane trap, you must sign a trap agreement at the Irving Animal Care Campus.  The trap agreement outlines proper use of the trap and provides information on how to notify Animal Services once an animal is trapped.

Trap Instructions

Traps may be set between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday through Friday evenings only. Traps may not be set on Saturday evenings or the evening preceding a city holiday. Traps may not be set during inclement weather, or anytime the temperature drops below 40 degrees F or rises above 90 degrees F.

The trap must be set in a protected area, away from danger and must be checked on a daily basis before 9 a.m. If an animal is in the trap, call Irving Animal Services at (972) 721-2256 and leave a voicemail or tell the dispatcher your name, address, phone number and what type of animal is in the trap.

Leaving an animal in a trap for an extended period without notifying Animal Services constitutes animal cruelty under the laws of the State of Texas, and it is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.