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The Richardson Animal Shelter is an open intake and adoption facility that focuses on animal welfare and humane treatment of all animals. Operating at its current location since 2001, the Richardson Animal Shelter is passionate about rescuing, protecting and finding forever homes for the pets that come into our care. The Richardson Animal Shelter cares for more than 4,500 animals annually, maintains active foster programs, offers public education programs, promotes responsible pet ownership and regularly works with local animal rescue organizations.

Private donations allow the Richardson Animal Shelter to make improvements to the facility and to programs that increase the health and adoptability of shelter animals. Previous donations have allowed for facility expansions to increase animal capacity such as the addition of an on-site veterinary clinic, indoor and outdoor dog visitation areas and a mobile adoption trailer that allows the Animal Shelter to take adoptable dogs and cats on the road.

Please help us reach the ultimate goal of finding a forever home for every pet that comes to our facility. There are opportunities for each of these gifts to be acknowledged by a plaque or related signage. Below are some options for projects that will not only enable the Richardson Animal Shelter to increase pet adoptions but stand as a lasting testament to the donor’s philanthropic love of animals:


LED signLED Sign $70,000

The current animal shelter sign is a static masonry monument-style sign and does not allow the Animal Shelter to provide current information. A large fully programmable sign along Plano Road will assist the Richardson Animal Shelter in marketing adoptable animals and will communicate animal related events and animal welfare information. Approximately 35,000 cars a day pass by the location and would see marketing messages designed to improve awareness of the Richardson Animal Shelter.


Medical EquipmentMedical Equipment $5,000 - $30,000

The addition of a veterinary clinic in 2016 dramatically improved the health of animals in the Richardson Animal Shelter’s care. The initial donation covered the cost of basic veterinary medical equipment. Since becoming operational, the Richardson Animal Shelter staff identified the need for the following items to further improve the animals’ health and ultimately enhance their adoptability:

  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • Catscan
  • Centrifuge
  • Oxygen therapy machine
  • Isolation units
  • Blood testing machine

ClassroomClassroom $100,000+

The shelter benefits from 5,000 hours of volunteer labor annually. These volunteers attend monthly orientation classes before they are able to volunteer. The number of volunteers has grown so large recently that they have outgrown the multi-purpose room that currently hosts these meetings. Additionally, the classroom will be used for staff training and for public education programs on topics such as responsible pet ownership, fostering animals and local wildlife.


For more information on any of these opportunities, please contact:

Animal Services
Dennis Wooten
1330 Columbia Drive
Richardson, TX 75081
Phone: 972-744-4480 
Email: dennis.wooten@cor.gov