Animal services

Online charity event seeks to support Dallas Department of Animal Services

The nonprofit organization Friends of Dallas Animal Services is aiming to raise $50,000 this year at the 14th annual North Texas Giving Day online event.

The nonprofit organization is working to raise funds to support the Dallas Department of Animal Services. The department runs the city’s animal shelter and helped place 1,603 dogs and 689 cats in homes from October to December last year, according to DAS data. Proceeds from the event will fund four programs at the city shelter related to foster care, enrichment, medical and general support.

“These program areas were agreed upon by both parties when we started [the nonprofit] in 2019,” Wendy Renier, director of Friends of Dallas Animal Shelter, said in a statement. “We leave hosting operations to the experts of [DAS] and make purchases based on their requests.

Other department funds are provided by taxpayer dollars, according to Marlo Clingman, animal services public information officer. She said the city’s municipal shelter had experienced a number of issues over the past fiscal year, including an outbreak of the canine distemper virus and low numbers of adoptions.

“Like many other industries around the world, we are facing staffing shortages,” Clingman said.

DAS offers free adoptions for animals that have previously received neutering and neutering operations, vaccinations and microchips in an effort to promote adoption and foster care.

“Last year, more than 3,300 organizations across the region came together to celebrate North Texas Giving Day and raised $66 million,” Renier said. “We already have a matching fund of $25,000 so we can match all gifts dollar for dollar towards our goal.”

The entire fundraising event is strictly virtual and publicly available online. The Communities Foundation of Texas, a regional charity, will host the event on September 22 this year, but donations can be made as early as September 1 on the organization’s fundraising page.

“Our organization, which is run by volunteers, provides critical financial support to Dallas Animal Services,” Reiner said. “[This event] helps us amplify our message.