• Do keep cats and small dogs inside at night.
  • Do keep the covers secured on your trash receptacles.
  • Do contact Animal Control if the animal appears sick or injured.
  • Do try to consider that they were here first.


  • Do not feed your pets on the back porch.
  • Do not approach, chase, make noises at, chunk rocks or otherwise taunt a wandering coyote.
  • Do not approach a coyote if it appears trapped, injured, or sick. Contact Animal Control.
  • Do not ever try to touch a coyote.

Visitors in the home

If you happen to get a "visitor" in your attic Sunnyvale Animal Control loans out live humane animal traps to Sunnyvale residents. All that is needed is a $50 deposit check ($75 for large traps), which will be kept in safe and returned back to you upon the return of the trap.

Our Animal Control Officer will assist you with the setting, baiting, and placement of your trap. When the animal is caught simply notify Animal Control during normal business hours 972-203-4188 and our officer will come pick up and relocate the animal. The trap can be left if it is still needed.


  • If you hear movement strictly at night it is possibly a raccoon or opossum.
  • If you hear movement in variation at night and day it is likely a squirrel or rat.