Norman Animal Welfare Center to No Longer Accept Privately-Owned Live Traps

The Norman Animal Welfare Center will no longer accept any privately-owned live traps containing wildlife. The new policy will go into effect on April 1. Any City of Norman resident who traps any type of wildlife in a live trap or any other privately-owned container will now be responsible for taking the animal to our partner organization, WildCare Foundation.

The WildCare Foundation is located at 7601 84th Street in Noble. Their facility is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The change in policy is to better protect and care for the trapped animals, as well as to resolve ongoing concerns regarding the storage and return of private traps to their owners. Any resident whose personally owned trap is currently at the shelter should recover their property during the first week in April. Traps left in the care of the City of Norman beyond this timeframe will be held per state requirements before being converted to city property or properly disposed of.

The new policy also means that Norman Animal Welfare will no longer respond to calls for service involving a privately-owned trap unless the specific incident presents a public safety risk due to the type of animal. However, Norman Animal Welfare Officers will continue to respond to calls for service regarding trapped dogs or cats.

All residents with concerns about wildlife near their residence are encouraged to become familiar with common safe practices for removing the environment that is drawing the animals to the location. Many great resources and tips for the prevention and safe removal of wildlife are available from national organizations including The Humane Society. Norman Animal Welfare continues to encourage all residents to practice safe and humane trapping practices. Failing to do so, may result in criminal charges.

Residents with questions regarding the humane trapping of wildlife and other animals can contact Norman Animal Welfare at 405-292-9736.

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