Animal services

About 240 dogs adopted by Dallas Animal Services after announcing it was running out of space

Just over a week after Dallas Animal Services announced it was running out of space for medium and large dogs, about 240 of the furry friends have found their forever homes.

The shelter issued an urgent appeal on April 12 for people to consider fostering or adopting a puppy to prevent the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable dogs. At the time, the shelter said it had over 375 dogs in its care and was in desperate need of open kennels.

Dallas Animal Services has since found homes for 241 dogs. Local rescue groups removed 39 other dogs from the shelter and 63 were placed with foster families, the shelter said in a press release Thursday.

“We are extremely grateful to the citizens and rescue groups in our Dallas community for the actions they took to save lives last week,” said MeLissa Webber, director of Dallas Animal Services, in the press release. .

Marlo Clingman, acting spokesperson for Dallas Animal Services, said the shelter had had a “rough couple of months” but didn’t want to wear down the community with cries for help.

“We finally felt we had to and we were so relieved when we got a line at the door before we opened. [on April 13]Clingman said. She said now shelter workers are breathing easier and the support has been amazing.

There’s still pressure to adopt the remaining animals: Until April 24, the shelter is waiving all adoption fees for dogs and cats.

Adoptable pets can be found at BeDallas90.org and adoption applications can be made online or in person.

Those wishing to meet and greet potential pets or adoptees in person may visit the West Dallas facility at 1818 N. Westmoreland Road during regular business hours Monday through Friday 1 p.m. Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free Chip Saturday

Clingman said at the shelter, the No. 1 animal in care are stray dogs, most of which are not microchipped.

But this week is National Pet Identification Week, and the West Dallas shelter, along with others in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is celebrating with a free microchip on Saturday.

Clingman said it’s another way the Dallas community can help the shelter because flea-free dogs can spend several days in a kennel.

“It takes up space in the kennel of a dog that probably doesn’t have an owner,” she said. “So that’s just another great way to get things done.”

The microchips, which are the size of a tiny grain of rice and can scan animals, reduce the chances of an animal getting lost and becoming strays, Clingman said. If pets are already microchipped, she says, owners should make sure the chip information is up-to-date.

“We really don’t want people who love their pets to ever find them,” Clingman said. “It’s our favorite thing to do is to reunite lost animals with their people and see this happy reunion.”

The shelter will have a free microchip from 8 a.m. to noon. In a press release, Irving said it would also provide microchipping and animal services to Allen, Cleburne, Farmers Branch, Lewisville, Weatherford, Coppell, Grapevine and Mesquite. Times and locations vary and people should check with their shelters.