Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS)
DPA’s Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) program helps Dallas citizens keep their pets in their homes–and out of the shelters–by providing free medical, training and temporary boarding assistance to residents in need.
PASS’ Head-On Approach to This Problem
The PASS Program posts volunteers outside DAS on high-volume intake days. They serve as the first point of contact with owners prepared to surrender their pet. Using empathy, non-judgemental attitudes and professional courtesy, PASS volunteers talk to the pet’s owner to understand the why the animal is being brought to the shelter, and counsel them on free or low-cost resources that may be available to help them keep their beloved pet at home–and out of the shelter.