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 is on track to take in 39,000+ animals in 2019, making it the third largest open intake shelter in the country. Despite the challenges of caring for this volume of animals, DAS is working 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 work to provide additional resources and options.
The foster program is a crucial component of the Dallas90 campaign. To support the foster program, 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.
We hope that our support of the DAS foster program will lead to increased awareness of foster transport opportunities, which can be as minimal as a 12 hour commitment. In transport fostering, local rescue groups pull animals from DAS and drive them to partner shelters across the country in need of adoptable pets. A transport foster picks an assigned pet up at DAS, keeps the pet at home until the transport departure, then brings the pet to meet the rescue group at the departure location. This is truly one of the easiest ways to save lives!
Each year, DAS provides a list of medical equipment that would vastly improve the level of care they are able to provide to shelter animals. The 2019 list includes two CarioSTART defibrillators ($6,000) and a DigiVENT DX8V Ventilator ($6,500). Friends of DAS uses donations to fulfill this wish list.
With an average daily population of 700+ animals, DAS often finds itself short on basic items needed to provide comfort to shelter animals, such as beds, bedding and toys. In addition to these basics, DAS strives to provide shelter animals with enrichment items such as food dispensing toys and durable chew toys, as well as volunteer led runs and walks, to reduce stress, prevent boredom, and decrease undesirable behaviors. Friends of DAS uses donations to provide both basic and enrichment items to DAS so that it can continue to provide compassionate care for its shelter animals.
GENERAL SHELTER SUPPORT
In addition to supporting DAS through the Foster, Medical, and Enrichment programs, we provide financial assistance for other shelter needs, such as staff training, marketing for the Dallas90 campaign, travel expenses for long distance pet transports, and architectural renderings for both a new facility and a masterplan for the existing shelter, all of which allow DAS staff to best perform their jobs, and are critical to the overall success of the Dallas90 campaign.