Municipal Animal Services

Town of Essex

Dogs

The Town of Essex offers animal control 24 hours a day for dogs. Stray dogs can be dropped off at the Lakeshore Dog Pound, or can be picked up by an animal control officer. Dogs are held at the Lakeshore Dog Pound for their stray hold, and then transferred to St. Clair College or the Humane Society if not claimed.

 

Although not contracted for services for dogs in Essex, the Humane Society took in 5 stray dogs from the Town of Essex in 2023.

Cats

The Town of Essex offers residents who find a stray cat in the municipality the option of bringing them to the Humane Society at no charge. The Town also offers spay/neuter vouchers to help residents spay or neuter community cats.

 

The Town of Essex animal control officer will pick up sick or injured cats, 24 hours a day in life-threatening situations.

 

In 2023, the Humane Society took in 156 stray cats from the Town of Essex, 6 picked up by our staff.

Domestic Rabbits

The Town of Essex provides services to pick up severely sick or injured stray rabbits in the Town, but does not provide any sheltering or intake services for stray rabbits in the Town.

Wildlife

The Town of Essex animal control officer will trap wildlife upon request, including if they are sick, injured, or orphaned.

Although not contracted for services for wildlife, the Humane Society took in 9 sick, injured, or orphaned wild animals from the Town of Essex in 2023, 3 picked up by our staff.

Protective Care

The Town of Essex animal control officer will respond in situations where police, fire, or paramedics are involved and no family or friend is on scene. Shelter is only available for dogs.