Aug 16, 2018

Dog n Kitty City Shelter Update

Peanut
Peanut

We hope everyone is having a great summer!  There's never a dull moment at DKC.  Here are a few updates from this summer...

Peanut...

Our shelter was made aware of a special needs dog that had been transported from an Atlanta kill shelter up to New York.  This pup, better known as Peanut,  eventually found his way into DKC as his owners moved to Dallas.  They turned him in because he was going blind with early cataracts, and the owners simply could not afford the $5,000 surgery. 

Peanut stayed with us for 3 months while we were going through the process of getting him ready for surgery and determining funding to help pay for the surgery.  During this time, the previous owner would come and visit Peanut regularly, and our shelter Director, Sandra, decided that he truly did care for the dog.  With that, she allowed him to adopt Peanut, but decided that the shelter would sitll incur the fee for surgery to help both Peanut and the family that loved him.  Peanut received his surgery about a week ago and is doing well.  It is because of our supporters that we are able to help with situations like these. 

Momma Cat and her Babies...

During peak heat this summer, we found that a momma cat and her kittens were left in a box with a blanket over it at our shelter.  They were left with no food or water.  Without question, we welcomed the entire family!  All of the kittens have been adopted, but our loving momma is still waiting on her forever home. 

Though we are happy when any of our kittens are adopted into their forever homes, we ask that you spread the word to family and friends about the benefits of adopting an adult cat (or dog).  Often times, with a little potty training help, these animals have a better time acclimating to their new homes.  Since they are out of their baby stage, new owners do not have to cope with the dreaded teething / chewing stage, etc. 

I know it goes without saying, but these stories would not be possible without your support.  Thank you to all whom continue to support our mission.  Together, we are making North Texas a better place for the animal community.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Peanut
Peanut
Momma and Kittens under Blanket
Momma and Kittens under Blanket
Providing Water for Momma and Kittens
Providing Water for Momma and Kittens
Momma and her Babies
Momma and her Babies
May 17, 2018

Project Report Submission: Humane Society of Dallas County

Project Report for:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/no-kill-shelter-care-for-abandoned-dogs-and-cats/

Here's Cornelia's Happy Ending:  

Cornelia is a stray cat who came to Dog & Kitty City on March 20, 2011. We estimated her age at 2 years. She is a beautiful orange female, which is fairly rare as orange cats tend to be male. She was aloof and never found a feline companion at the shelter; instead, she preferred to lounge by herself on the screened-in "catio" or on the top level of a kuranda bed in the front room.  Most of the cats in the front room are social and welcome volunteers and visitors, but not Cornelia. She was more likely to take a swipe or a nip at people who reached out to touch her.   

After several years, it was thought Cornelia would be spending the remainder of her life at the shelter, and she was designated a Sanctuary Cat and included on the list of cats needing a Guardian Angel.

On March 6, 2018, we received an adoption application for Cornelia !  The applicants had lived in an apartment complex close to the shelter, and on one of their morning walks, stumbled upon Dog & Kitty City. They saw Cornelia but did not make a connection with the pretty girl. A year later, after moving away and into a house, they decided to add to their family of 3 cats and remembered Cornelia.  At the age of 9 years and after 7 years at the shelter, Cornelia "went home".

We were concerned about her adjustment to her new home and integration into her new family, but we heard from her mom and dad about 2 weeks later, when they wrote, " Cornelia is doing really well. ... The cats were cautious at first but didn't seem to mind each other's company after the first day. She loves her Fancy Feast, uses the litter boxes, and drinks water. She loves to sunbathe a lot and squirrel/bird watch. She really likes catnip toys and an interactive tunnel we have. Each day there is more progress. On the third day we woke up with her on the bed with us which we love."

To Cornelia's new family:  Thank you for taking a chance on our sweet girl.  She (and we) are forever grateful.

Author:  Caroline Spencer, Volunteer / Board Member




Feb 15, 2018

We Get by with a Little Help from our Friends

Peanut Gets Adopted!
Peanut Gets Adopted!

We Get by with a Little Help from our Friends…

It’s the season of love, and we are feeling it from our friends and partners within our community! The efforts of our shelter extend far beyond our imagination when our volunteers, partners, and supporters step up to help us achieve our goal. Our goal to provide shelter and love to animals in need in the Dallas area seems so simple, yet it often takes the supportive hands of the community we serve that takes us so much further.

In January, we partnered with PRAI Beauty, through the Humane Society of the United States, to sponsor adoption fees the weekend of January 12-14th. This Free the Shelters adoption event proved to be a huge success for our feline friends, where 19 of our cats and kittens found their FUR-ever homes! To Peanut, Nathaniel, Darcey and Danny, and all of our cats whom found homes this past month, we wish you all of the best!

 

“A boy and his dog make a glorious pair; No better friendship is found anywhere”

Thanks to one of our very, special pups, our shelter has teamed up with the AMAZING Matt, at Wagg the Dog Trainer, to train and socialize our dogs. This special pup, Haven, was on her way to be a long-time resident at DKC, when shelter staff decided to try to do more for her. Haven is a 2-yr old, deaf Dalmatian / Lab mix who had been with us 10 months. Our staff knew she needed additional help if she had any chance finding a loving home, so they took Haven to a doggie daycare event where she met Matt for the first time. Using funding raised by the community, we were able to send her to train with Matt at his place for a few weeks.

Now THIS is where the story gets good…

During this time, we watched as Haven excelled in training, and Matt was very pleased with her progress. He decided that taking her back to the shelter after her training would ultimately break her spirit, so he agreed to foster her until she found the right home. An anonymous donor even paid for her adoption fee! Haven was tugging at Matt’s heartstrings, but it was clear she had left an impression on a very special boy; Matt’s son. The bond between Haven and Matt’s son had become so strong, he didn’t want to let her go. In a seemingly perfect ending, Haven is now a permanent part of Matt’s pack and will grow up alongside Matt’s son. This relationship led to a partnership with Wagg the Dog Trainer, where Matt has agreed to continue to support the shelter through his training services! Best of luck to you, little Haven, you deserve the greatest life!

Darcey and Danny
Darcey and Danny
Farewell Nathaniel!
Farewell Nathaniel!
Haven and Matt
Haven and Matt
All of this Training Makes Haven Sleepy!
All of this Training Makes Haven Sleepy!
Haven's New Brother <3
Haven's New Brother <3
 
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