New PASS Program to Help Reduce Owner Surrenders at Dallas Animal Services

New PASS Program to Help Reduce Owner Surrenders at Dallas Animal Services

Spot’s human parents loved him the moment they laid eyes on him, but they found out quickly that raising a puppy is hard work! They tried and tried to work with Spot on the chewing and the barking and the nipping. They looked into professional training, but it was not an option they could afford. Soon, they were so frustrated and saw no other option but to take him to the shelter. They thought, Maybe we were not cut out to be pet owners and Spot deserves better than we can give him. Situations like Spot’s happen all the time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a program that could help Spot’s family get him the training he needs at a low cost, so they don’t feel like they need to return him to the shelter, where there’s a risk that Spot might get euthanized? Come December 2016, there will be such a program in Dallas! Dallas Pets Alive!, since its inception, has focused on reactive rescue, pulling animals from Dallas Animal Services (DAS) into our adoption program. This year and into 2017 our goal is not only to continue our good work rescuing animals from the shelter but also to take a more proactive approach. A major component of this approach is helping owners who are having problems so great that they see surrendering their pet(s) to a shelter as their only option. Helping these owners is the basis of the Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) program, which will launch on December 3, 2016 thanks to the support of The Dallas Foundation’s grant program. The new...
North Texas Giving Day: Be Inspired to Impact Change

North Texas Giving Day: Be Inspired to Impact Change

“Take a good look around you. Take a good look you’re bound to see. That you and me were meant to be for each other…..Martha my dear, you have always been my inspiration.” – Sir Paul McCartney, “Martha My Dear” I bet you didn’t know that Paul McCartney was inspired by a four-legged friend. Most people think his song “Martha My Dear” was about a girl, but he wrote the song about his beautiful sheepdog, Martha. The love she gave inspired him to write a song just for her. All animal lovers can relate to Paul’s love for Martha, that love that can inspire us to do anything…write a song, go out in public or just love a little deeper like our pets love us. There is a spirit of inspiration around Dallas Pets Alive! all the time. I get to witness, with awe, abandoned animals overcome the impossible and the countless hours and dedication our volunteers give to DPA. It’s their passion and commitment that inspires me to give more every day – to save more lives. With tens of thousands of pets arriving annually, Dallas Animal Services relies on Dallas Pets Alive! and others to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome as many pets as we can. Without inspiration, we could not have accomplished so much in only 4 short years. How does Dallas Pets Alive! inspire change? Dallas Pets Alive is participating in North Texas Giving Day because we’ve witnessed the spirit of giving in our city, and we know the power that spirit has on helping the homeless pets of Dallas. We ask that you honor a pet...

Pup Crawl with Us on May 28

  Our 4th Annual Pup Crawl is DOG-FRIENDLY! Bring your human AND your furry best friend for a five-stop tour of flavors from Community Beer Company at Deep Ellum venues with relaxing patios. Your ticket price includes a Pup Crawl souvenir pint glass & a generous pint at every stop: -Cold Beer Company -Off the Record -Twilite Lounge -Anvil Pub, Deep Ellum -Braindead Brewing Want to crawl with a group? Email info@dallaspetsalive.org with a list of teammates so we can get you in the same “dog pack.” Limit 5 per team. Check-in & wristbands starts at 11:30 am-12:45 pm at Cold Beer Company, 3600 Main Street. Be sure to come early to enjoy your pint at Cold Beer Co. before the crawl starts at 1:00 p.m. CBC will be grilling their famous hot dogs for us to fill up on before the crawl — $5.50 for a plain dog and $6.50 for a special dog. Every cent raised goes to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome a homeless pet in our community. Help us save lives & have fun, too! ♥ –We crawl rain or shine! No refunds.– ***Space is VERY limited for dogs, please consider this before you bring yours. Pets are only allowed on the porches of our participating bars. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations and must get along with other dogs and humans.*** The Pup Crawl is a community event that encourages responsible drinking by participants. When taking part in any events that involve drinking, always keep safety first. Don’t DRINK and DRIVE, and assign a designated driver at the beginning of the event, call an Uber or use public...
The #MyMartha Campaign

The #MyMartha Campaign

  Our talented friends at the Dieste, Inc. agency (three-time Ad Age Multicultural Agency of the Year, by the way) launched a new pro-bono program for DPA this week. Remember the crazy-cool Mutt-bombing campaign? And #AdoptableTrends, they did that one, too. The #MyMartha initiative invites people to share memories of the pet who changed their lives – the same way a pup named Martha once changed the life of a Beatle – and inspire others to adopt a homeless pet of their own. See what it’s about at mymartha.pet and tell us how your pet changed you, with the hashtag ‪#‎MyMartha on your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. SHARE YOUR STORY and SPREAD THE WORD. Rescue pets change lives, and there are millions waiting for a human best friend to find them and take them home. #MyMartha   We thank the staff of Dieste for their creativity, expertise, love and their valuable time in helping us save the lives of more companion animals in our...

Pet Parenting: The Basics, Part I

Foster parents and FURever parents alike provide the basics: food, water, love, shelter and exercise. It’s important to remember the OTHER basic thing, the less fun, less glamorous but incredibly important thing pets need to stay healthy: preventing parasites. We’re talking about keeping them free from fleas, ticks and heartworms. Flea allergy dermatitis is the most common skin disease in pets, causing them scratch and bite at themselves, sometimes losing their hair. And there are more than 2,200 kinds of fleas out there! Fleas can cause puppies or older pets to become anemic from sucking their blood or transmit tapeworms. Ticks can cause Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia and more diseases, many of which can kill, most of which are difficult to pronounce. Heartworms come from the bite of an infected mosquito. They’re easy to prevent, but difficult and costly to cure – and they’re deadly if untreated. Applying a topical medicine, giving them a pill hidden in some cheese, keeping track of who gets what stuff on your calendar, buying the meds from your vet or pet supply store – they take extra time and resources, but they’re important. Ask anyone who’s seen what heartworm disease or untreated dermatitis can do to a rescue pet, it’s heartbreaking. It’s better to do the work (because you love your furry BFF!) and keep them healthy than see them suffer the consequences. More tips to come from DPA!...