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Animals

North Texas is fortunate to have many nonprofit organizations that provide for the care and well-being of both domestic and wild animals.

Lost, stray, abused and abandoned animals are rescued daily by local charities. Many of these organizations also provide low-cost spay and neuter services to help control the pet population. The need for these services is great in North Texas. A grant to an animal organization can support pet adoption services, spay/neuter services, veterinary care, as well as food and supplies.

In addition to domestic animals, there are also several organizations that support wild animals and conservation efforts. These organizations range from zoos and aquariums to sanctuaries for birds of prey, bears and large cats.

Below you can find information about North Texas nonprofits working to improve the quality of life for all animals in North Texas and projects that you can help fund.

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All Star Equestrian works to improve lives of individuals living with mental, physical and cognitive disabilities through therapeutic horseback riding. All Star currently has 22 horses and serves 75-100 riders a week. Funding will support horse care costs (farrier, feed and vet), adaptive equipment for riding therapy and scholarships for the veteran program and underprivileged riders.

Canine Companions for Independence enhances independence for people with disabilities by providing them highly trained assistance dogs, free of charge, and offering ongoing support throughout the service life of the dog. They help children, veterans and other adults with a variety of physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Funds will support costs of client services, training, veterinary care, preventive medications and spays and neuters of their assistance dogs.

Dallas Pets Alive! (DPA) is a primarily volunteer-run organization dedicated to eliminating the killing of companion animals in Dallas and is seeking funding to build an innovative Adoption Center using repurposed shipping containers. This Adoption Center will promote animal adoption by combating the stigma that rescued pets are damaged. It is estimated to allow DPA to save 2,500 lives each year.

Dallas Zoo works to create a better world for animals by engaging people and saving wildlife, including protecting threatened species from extinction. Funding is requested for the Dallas Zoo Whooping Crane Breeding and Preservation Center, which aims to increase the numbers of this iconic Texas species for wild release, contributing to the cranes’ remarkable comeback (from just 15 birds in 1941 to more than 750 today). Funding is also requested for zoo animal care and enrichment.

DFW Humane Society is a no-kill animal shelter that gives unwanted pets a second chance at life through adoption and promotes the importance of spay/neutering to address animal overpopulation and abandonment. Their top funding priority is pet retention efforts, which ensure animals receive spay/neuter services, microchips and rabies shots to increase the likelihood of adoption and retention. The program will provide 700 animals with free services; only 13% of pets they receive currently are altered.

DFW Pug Rescue Club, a volunteer-driven organization, rescued 188 pugs last year and placed 173 in safe, loving homes. Rescued pugs receive a comprehensive examination before entering foster care, and 95% need additional veterinary care including medications, vaccinations or surgeries. Veterinary expenses average $200,000 a year. Funding is requested to obtain veterinary services for rescued pugs to ensure their health and wellness, reduce the length of stay in foster care and expedite the adoption process.

Insync Exotics provides a permanent home for exotic felines (lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, cheetahs and leopards) that have been neglected, abused, abandoned and may be in desperate need of health care. The larger cats have a lifespan of 20-plus years. They provide them with clean, spacious, loving, happy homes. Funds are requested for food for the year ($188,000), veterinary care ($155,000) and a cougar enclosure ($60,000).

Miles of Hope’s goal is to place homeless animals in forever homes. The organization is 100% volunteer-based and finds homes for close to 1,000 animals each year in dwellings across DFW. Funds are requested for: 1) heartworm treatment, which averages about $300 per dog; 2) the purchase of durable dog beds for comfort and sanitary purposes while dogs are at the shelter; and 3) creating a medical expense fund to treat sick or injured animals that arrive at the shelter.

North Texas Boxer Rescue (NTBR) is a volunteer-run organization that pulls dogs from shelters that have medical and training needs preventing them from being adopted directly from the shelter. NTBR also takes in boxers that are surrendered by their owners for the same reasons. NTBR can do this through tax-deductible donations.

The mission of Operation Kindness is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until responsible, loving homes adopt them. Operation Kindness never turns an animal away due to the cost of medical treatment. Funding will support operating expenses for the nearly 5,000 animals they care for each year. Support allows them to provide life-saving treatments, surgeries and care to local homeless animals to ensure an excellent quality of life.

Second Chance SPCA is a volunteer, nonprofit no-kill animal shelter. Their mission is to rescue dogs and cats from municipal shelters at risk for euthanasia and provide them with a compassionate no-kill environment until adopted into responsible, caring homes. They provide food, shelter, vaccines and preventative medical care for dogs and cats, and spay/neuter and microchip all animals before adoption. They have rescued and adopted more than 4,000 pets since the shelter opened in 2006. Funding will support veterinary care, medical supplies/medicine, and facility improvements.

Shelter2Rescue Coalition (S2R) is volunteer-based organization that assists at-risk dogs and cats in rural shelters. S2R Coalition's program, Nokill Rural Texas, has expanded and built partnerships with boarding facilities, transport organizations and other nationwide rescues. They also operate their own foster and adoption program, spay/neuter services and vaccination assistance with shelters/rescues. In 2017, S2R added a feral cat program. Funding will support operating costs to help them succeed and expand.

Spay Neuter Network (SNN) works to eliminate pet overpopulation, end unnecessary euthanasia and empower pet owners to care responsibly for their pets by offering free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, wellness services and community education in 13 counties. Funds are requested to support the mobile rural surgical clinics, the humane education program for DISD and FWISD elementary school students, and the efforts to combat feline overpopulation through spay/neuter specials and education.

Stable Strides Farm is a therapeutic horseback riding program that helps children, adults and military veterans improve confidence, core strength, balance, motor skills and social interaction. Funding will support: 1) veterinarian costs, including horse needs, maintenance and possible emergency care; 2) boarding costs; and 3) feeding costs of approximately $200/month.

Take Me Home Pet Rescue's (TMHPR) mission is to care for animals abandoned in shelters and place them in homes. TMHPR selects animals in kill shelters or that have been abandoned but are otherwise fit for adoption. Examples of animals they serve include injured animals, dogs with severe mange, and abandoned dogs and cats. TMHPR has rescued more than 2,000 dogs and cats. Requested funds are for the adoption of rescued dogs and cats.

The mission of Texas Sporting Breed Rescue is to provide for the welfare, shelter and adoption of lost, abandoned, neglected or homeless dogs and puppies. They place specific focus on the American Kennel Association's defined sporting group breeds, such as retrievers, setters, pointers and spaniels. Funds are requested to cover the medical needs of rescued dogs before adoption, including initial vetting, spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm prevention/treatment and crisis care for ill, mistreated or abused dogs.

The Pegasus Project is an equine rescue that rescues, rehabilitates, retrains and re-homes neglected, abused and abandoned horses. Requested funds are for the improvement of their training facility by building a cover over their 100'x200' riding arena, including a 40'x200' overhang to provide shelter for fundraising events and to create an area for additional horse housing (cost $250,000). Increased training efficiency equals more adoptions. Over the past two years, Pegasus has trained and adopted out 41 horses.

Video Association of Dallas hosts Dallas VideoFest CatFest, a one-day feline film festival celebrating the world’s best cat videos in more genres than you probably thought possible for such an event — comedy, drama, animated, musical, action, vintage and documentary. Proceeds go to a local animal shelter, and volunteers from the center are on-site at the Texas Theater with animals up for adoption and information on cat adoption.

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