Animal Rescues, Refuges, and Encounters in Collin County
Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Wylie
In Sync Exotics
This rescue is home to lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, cheetahs, bobcats, lynx, servals, ocelot, and event coatamundi and lemurs. Open on the
weekends for tours for all ages. Donations requested.
3430 Skyview Drive, Wylie
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
Located just ten miles west of Collin County, this nonprofit ranch is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.
You and your family will experience rare and endangered exotic wildlife in a unique and personal setting. Your admission includes a safari tram ride
into animal habitats, animal presentations, entry to the petting zoo, and a kids barrel ride. Additional options include miniature pony rides, animal
feed, and food.
11670 Massey Rd, Pilot Point
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
A rehabilitation and conservation education organization for birds of prey and wildlife in their natural habitat. The center has a park with pavilions, an amphitheater,
restrooms, and trails. The center is only open during their open houses the first Saturday of each month, but will be canceled due to inclement
1625 Brockdale Park Road, Lucas
While we've only highlighted the SPCA in McKinney, don't forget that your local animal shelter and humane society will typically welcome visitors to
love on their animals. They may be found through a quick Google search.
Becky's Hope Horse Rescue
This horse rescue also provides a safe haven to pigmy goats, pot bellied pigs, chickens, and miniature horses--even a duck. Visitors are invited to
pet the animals, including the colts. They also rely on volunteers to help care for the animals, so if your children love animals, this would be a
great place for him to volunteer. Sue Chapman (President) advised us on our tour that while they ask for a donation of $10 to buy a bale of hay,
they won't turn away anyone who wants to love on their animals. And there is LOTS of open space for your children to RUN.
1310 Hwy 121, Frisco
Guests enjoy a 60-minute, interactive, educational visit with our pack of llamas or set out on a Llama Walk. Both require reservations.
Watch for Groupons and Living Social specials.
(Address provided with reservation.)
SPCA of North Texas
Free to visit
Bunnies, cats, dogs, donkeys, horses, sheep--even an occasional donkey/horse! The goal is adoption, but if you want to spend the afternoon playing
with the cats and dogs, kittens and puppies, and bunnies, you are welcome to visit. The equines are in the pasture and also welcome visitors. Free.
8411 Stacy Rd, McKinney
Throw Away Ponies (TAPs)
Free to volunteer
This horse rescue rehabilitates horses and helps them find a permanent home, yet offers a permanent sanctuary to others. TAPs relies on volunteers
to keep things running. Just click on their website to learn more and call ahead if you'd like to visit and show some love to the horses and other
17990 County Road 656, Farmersville
By Debbie Krubsack
Updated October 10, 2017