TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats

by Humane Society Dallas County
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TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
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TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
TX No-Kill Shelter Care for Abandoned Dogs & Cats
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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Happy Turkey Day!
Happy Turkey Day!

In my last update, I wrote about how our wonderful Shelter Director, Sandra, along with a devoted animal advocate, Pat, never gave up in their quest to rescue Buddy from the lonely, Dallas streets.  I am happy to report that Buddy, now known as Argentino, is settling into his new, shelter life well!  In fact, he and the rest of his furry friends enjoyed a little taste of Thanksgiving this past weekend!

It has become a Thanksgiving tradition to provide the warmth and spirit of the holiday to our cats and dogs.  Sandra, along with the help of shelter staff and volunteers, help create a Thanksgiving feast that ALL enjoy.  The cats are served first while the dogs attend their weekly Adopt a Pet Event, and when they return to the shelter, they are greeted with a homemade turkey. 

The spirit of the holiday season reminds us how important it is to reflect and give thanks for those who have helped us this past year.  As a supporter, you play an important role in the success of our shelter.  Whether it’s Argentino’s “rags to riches” story, the continued renovation of our shelter, or those every day rescues that seem to lie under the radar, you are right there with us.  Here are a few success stories from Dog n Kitty City this year: 

  • Our shelter provided care for over 250 kittens and 53 puppies this past year
  • We celebrated the adoption of 5 feline leukemia positive cats: Carma, JJ, Alien, Neko, and Sam.
  • Two of our kittens, Finn and Bodhi were born with a rare condition called eyed agenesis, or born without eyelids.  Your support allowed us to provide necessary treatment to ensure a life free of medical complications.
  • We treated 41 heartworm positive dogs, a common yet expensive treatment.
  • One of our pups, Tails, was brought to our shelter with a severe tail infection that ultimately resulted in an amputation.  He found the support and care he needed, and better yet, a forever home!
  • Maddie was found wandering the streets.  She was a microchipped pup, but her owners no longer wanted her.  She is unstable on her feet and is incontinent due to an old spinal injury.  She is currently receiving care at our shelter while she awaits a forever home. 
  • Fae is a 2-year-old cat who came to our shelter with her babies.  She took great care of her babies until they were old enough for adoption.  Now that they’ve grown, she is ready for adoption! 
  • Our shelter continues to undergo renovations, and this year we focused on our dog kennels.  This meant our dogs were displaced while the shelter was being renovated.  Our volunteers stepped up and provided temporary shelter for some of our dogs during this time. 
  • Speaking of stepping up, a generous donor provided Dog n Kitty City the funds necessary to finish our kennel renovations.  We added a heat and air system as well as garage-style doors that allow our pups to enjoy fresh air! 
  • Our staff is always taking in dogs and cats from DAS or other, kill shelters that simply run out of space.  This fall, we took in 6 bottle babies, already adding to our crowded shelter.  We do this to try and give as many animals a chance at a better life, no matter the circumstances or associated heartache. 
  • When disaster hit the Houston area this fall from Hurricane Harvey, we all stepped up to raise funds, provide shelter, food, medical and other supplies for displaced animals.  I am happy to report that all animals housed by our shelter during this timeframe have been reclaimed by their owners. 

 

As I have said before, there is a certain devotion, combined with true grit that makes a great animal advocate.  Many of us display sympathy and love for these animals, and all animals in need, but it’s the dedication and perseverance of our staff, led by a fearless Director, that allows us to get the job done, despite the challenge at hand. 

 

We hope that you will think of us during this season of giving and reflection, and consider donating to our cause.  November 28, 2017 is #GivingTuesday.  Starting at midnight EDT on November 28th, we will be competing for a portion of funding supplied by Global Giving.  Donations received that day will determine how much funding our shelter will receive.  The more donations received means the better chances we have at receiving a percentage of Global Giving’s Incentive Fund of $75,000.  Global Giving will also provide a 100% match on all recurring donations started on #GivingTuesday up to $200.  We have the chance to receive bonus prizes as well! 

 Please mark your calendars for November 28, 2017 and consider donating to our shelter on #GivingTuesday.

 Thank you, and have a happy holiday season!

We Love our Volunteers!
We Love our Volunteers!
Buddy, now Argentino
Buddy, now Argentino
Bottle Babies from DAS
Bottle Babies from DAS
New Kennel Area!
New Kennel Area!
November 28th is #GivingTuesday!
November 28th is #GivingTuesday!
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Buddy in abandoned building
Buddy in abandoned building

Our wonderful Shelter Director, Sandra, had been watching him for weeks.  A poor, lonely, hungry dog living in an abandoned building.  After weeks of providing food, water, and gaining trust little by little, she was able to get a little closer to him and noticed he was covered in fleas.  Buddy, the name she decided to give him, was in need of her help, and she wasnt about to look the other way.  

She went back to the shelter to get flea treatment, put it in canned food, and made sure he ate it.  She eventually got to the point where she could hand feed him chicken and pet him on his nose.  She also noticed he started to gain weight and look healthier.  

Her and another devoted rescuer, Pat, set up a humane trap to try to get him to safety.  He walked all around the trap, ate food in front of the trap, but he had no interest in going in the trap.  Finally, they tried to use a leash to get him, and ironically enough, he accepted the leash immediately and jumped right into their car!

They brought Buddy, now a happy, saved mutt, back to the shelter and gave him a bath.  Our shelter will microchip buddy and test for heartworms.  

I wanted to share this story to show you how lucky our animals are to have Sandra look out for them.  She isnt in this for anything else other than animal welfare.  Her and her Dog n Kitty crew, though small, are a team with big hearts.  Of course, they cant do this alone and thanks to our supporters, they dont have to!

Here's to sharing more wonderful stories like these!  

Buddy before rescue
Buddy before rescue
In the car!
In the car!
Close up!
Close up!
Getting a bath <3
Getting a bath <3
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Rufus in Foster Care
Rufus in Foster Care

Hello Everyone and Happy Summer!

I hope everyone had a nice spring and that you are looking forward to those lazy, hot days of summer! Though the Texas heat may be building, we are working hard to rennovate our dog area at the shelter.  You may recall from previous updates that our goal is to create both indoor and outdoor access for each kennel.  We will be replacing our current cooling system, industrial fans and misters, with air conditioning.  I have included a picture that displays our current progress, some of which has been slowed due to inclement weather (so much rain!).  We will continue to keep you posted on our progress!

There is one, minor detail missing from the picture provided...our dogs!  Where are they?!  Well, in early May we put out a call to you all, asking if our dogs could "crash with you" while the shelter is being rennovated.  We'd provide leashes, food, medicine and crates if you would provide the LOVE.  Boy, did you ever!  To all of those currently fostering our precious pups, THANK YOU!  It truly takes a village...

Here is an update from one of our foster parents, Hallie, regarding Rufus:

"He's doing great and nailing his potty training. He's loving life! He met a dog friend in our apartment complex and they absolutely LOVE playing. As you can see, he's also a sweet snuggle bug - and quite the lady's man" "

In lieu of Mother's Day, we wanted to pay special tribute to our momma cats who work to survive the streets with their litters of kittens.  Often times, these mothers and her babies are brought to the shelter, with the mommas being overlooked and some even left to spend their lives at DKC.  As mothers of human-babies and fur-babies alike, we wanted to make sure these mommas knew how much we appreciate them, especially those that pull double-duty nursing abandoned kittens that arrive as stragglers!  Thus, this May was dedicated to providing a successful, social media campagin where our fearless mommas enjoyed the spotlight!

More shelter news:

We are learning sign language!  Haven (see picture) was transferred from another, rural shelter in south Dallas This furry angel is deaf but that does not slow her down. She loves to lay in laps and get belly rubs. We are training her via sign language and showing her how to play with toys.  She is an absolute doll, and we hope there is room in someone's heart for this special needs pup.  

So far in 2017, a total of 139 cats and 61 dogs found their furever homes.  That allowed us to make room for 181 cats and 61 dogs who were new to the shelter.  

 

How about a few feel good stories?

One of our shelter pups, Beatle, was adopted by Ashlee.  Beatle had been in the shelter 2 months before finding his furever home.  Ashlee recently reported that Beatle, now Rocky, has completed his training to become a certified service dog!  He wears an official vest, too!  Thanks for the update, Ashlee...we are so proud of Rocky!

Lastly, we received this sweet message from a couple who adopted a dog from us almost 9 years ago! We love the photos and the kind words and are so happy to know that Zuma found a family that loves him so much

 

"I thought you may want to see how one of your graduates is doing. My wife and I, Pat and Camille, adopted our Chow mix, Zuma, on July 3rd, 2008. He adapted quickly to his new home. But, we were afraid there may have been something wrong with his voice, as never barked once for about three days. Believe me, he is now over it.

I just wanted to comment on the great job you guys do and your devotion to all our animal friends. Of course, Zuma doesn't think he's an animal, he believes he's human. I am attaching two photos; one of the day we brought him home, the other a current photo.

Please know that your efforts are very worthwhile, and your entire staff should be commended on a job well done!

Sincerely,

Pat, Camille, and Zuma "   

Thanks Pat and Camile...it sounds like Zuma did alright for himself.  ;)

 

Have a great summer and thanks for your support!

Buddy looking for a foster!
Buddy looking for a foster!
Ophelia, another momma!
Ophelia, another momma!
Dog Kennels under construction
Dog Kennels under construction
Rocky, now a service dog!
Rocky, now a service dog!
Zuma
Zuma
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Cynthia with Alien
Cynthia with Alien

Winter Raffle Results:  We had another, awesome year with our winter raffle.  Thanks to our donors, we were able to present a raffle prize list including Southwest Airlines tickets, a personal photography session, Barse jewelry, Kendra Scott jewelry, a 55" Samsung TV, cat and dog goodie baskets, and the list went on!  In summary, we were able to raffle off 27 great prizes, resulting in a grand donation total of $15,825!  We couldnt be happier about the amount of money raised.  Thanks to all of our supporters whom helped make this year's event another success!  This money will be used to support the daily needs of our shelter.  

Shelter Rennovation Update:  The weather is really starting to (really) warm up, and we are thinking ahead to our next rennovation project at the shelter:  dog kennels!  We are in the process of getting bids to help update our area for our pups. Our hope is to build kennels that allow dogs to have both indoor and outdoor access.  We'd like to replace our current cooling system, industrial fans and misters, with air conditioning.  We will be sure to keep you updated on our progress!  

February Adoptions:  38 Dog & Kitty City pets found their forever homes in February! We also took in 35 new dogs and cats. 

Do you recognize any of the names below?  

Adopted Cats:  Bambi, Sam, Grandy, Becky, Percy, Blondie, Alien, Maurine, Willow, Lovey, Betha, Pickles, Taz, Vivian, Honey, Love, King, Brigid, Pumpkin, Peace, Pudding, Finley, Kimmy, Pretzel, Vallorie, Porsha, Jaws, Ady, Nando

Adopted Dogs:  Adkim, Alex, Biscuit, Auto, Gizmo, Al, Tucker, Princess, Sugar

Lastly, a great adoption story!  Four of our feline friends adopted so far this year in were FeLV positive, and we are truly thankful to their new families for giving them an opportunity at a new life.  Jessie, Nessie, Alien, and Sam were all diagnosed with  Feline Leukemia, a disease that impairs a cat's immune system and can cause certain types of cancer to develop.  Sadly, cats with known conditions such as this one tend to get overlooked at shelters, so when we have a story such as this one to tell, we are sincerley grateful. It should also be known that cats that are FeLV positive can still lead long and happy lives.  Cats can remain healthy for months or years after their diagnosis until the virus becomes active.  No matter the diagnosis or prognosis, we are very grateful to the families that adopted Jessie, Nessie, Sam, and Alien.  We hope for many years of happiness and laughter, and we thank you for making a difference for these tiny and deserving souls.  

 

Jessie
Jessie
Nessie
Nessie
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