What We Do & Why We Do It
What: We create limitless possibilities for DAS by increasing the value of services and the agility in which those services are provided. We raise funds to directly benefit DAS in the four major areas outlined below. We reinvest funds for strategies and tactics that inspire engagement, raise awareness, and increase giving.
Why: DAS took in 22,000+ animals in 2020, making it one of the largest dog/cat intake shelters in the country. Despite the challenges of caring for this volume of animals, DAS works hard to increase quality of life for shelter pets and reduce unnecessary euthanasia through its Dallas90 community engagement campaign. The city budget limits and constrains DAS' ability to achieve these goals so we fundraise to provide additional resources and options. Thanks to strong community support, we have fulfilled 100% of requests for assistance received from DAS!
DAS strives to provide shelter animals with enrichment items such as food dispensing toys and durable chew toys to reduce stress, prevent boredom, and decrease undesirable behaviors. Friends of DAS uses donations to provide these items so that DAS can continue to provide compassionate care for its shelter animals.
The foster program is a crucial component of the Dallas90 campaign. Friends of DAS uses donations to purchase items such as starter kits for new foster families, crates, leashes, adopt me vests, and other needed items identified by the DAS foster staff.
If you'd like to learn more about becoming a foster contact the DAS foster staff (DASFoster@DallasCityHall.com)!
The DAS medical team not only provides essential care to all animals entering the shelter, but performs speciality surgeries and treatments when necessary. As the DAS medical budget is the most impacted by recent city funding cuts, Friends of DAS uses donations to ensure the medical team can continue its lifesaving work.
Friends of DAS provides financial assistance for a variety of shelter needs, such as volunteer and staff training, marketing for the Dallas90 campaign, and COVID-19 related necessities, all of which allow DAS staff to best perform their jobs, and are critical to the overall success of the Dallas90 campaign.