Dallas Animal Services says there is no more space for medium and large dogs and it urgently needs new homes for pets in need.
The shelter currently cares for more than 375 dogs and plans to welcome hundreds more this week, DAS director MeLissa Webber said in a press release on Tuesday.
Describing the situation as a “crisis”, Webber said the shelter was running out of kennel space for medium and large dogs.
“As an open-admission shelter, we can’t stop welcoming pets,” she said. “Despite our best efforts and the most creative solutions, we are out of options. We need the community’s immediate help to avoid heartbreaking decisions tomorrow.”
The shelter is now urging people to consider fostering or adopting a medium or large dog today through the program’s expedited process virtually and in person.
In-person adoptions are encouraged because the online process can take a few days and “every minute counts,” Webber said.
Foster applications can be submitted in an online application, which will then offer instructions for conducting a virtual orientation to provide instructions for caring for the dog and guidance on how to select one. The process will be finalized after a phone call and paperwork.
Anyone wishing to become a host family can also visit the main shelter during opening hours.
“Whether you can foster a pet for three days or three months, fostering will literally save a life,” Webber said.
Most foster cases last from a few days to a few weeks and DAS can provide necessary pet care supplies such as crates, food and bowls.
Currently, all DAS pets are free to adopt and come neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and with a voucher for a free vet visit. DAS offers daily adoptions at its main shelter on Westmoreland Road and at its PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center on North Coit Road as well as on its website at www.BeDallas90.org.
DAS is open for adoptions and on-site inquiries at its main shelter at 1818 North Westmoreland Road, Monday through Friday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.