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Animal Rescues, Refuges, and Encounters in Collin County

Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Wylie


In-Sync Exotics in Wylie, Texas

Exotic Animals


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


Native Animals


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 weather.
1625 Brockdale Park Road, Lucas


Domestic Animals

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

214.918.6508
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

SPCA of North Texas

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)

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 farm animals.
17990 County Road 656, Farmersville



By Debbie Krubsack
Updated September 16, 2016
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