In Fall 2016, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project, Inc.
Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project is dedicated to honoring the bond between man and animal with a mission to provide the dignity of a final resting place for animals and to maintain that place in perpetuity. Funding is requested for the Shadow Fund, which supports medical care for retired police and military K9s; security equipment and monitoring services to protect the War Dog Monument against vandalism; and brick pillars for the placement of historical markers awarded to the organization for saving and renovating a 70+year old pet cemetery.
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Dallas Pets Alive!
Dallas Pets Alive! promotes and provides the resources, education, and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals. In 2015 alone, they rescued over 410 animals, doubling their rescue numbers from 2014. The organization is solely focused on serving the Dallas City Shelter. Funding is requested for the Positive Alternatives for Shelter Surrender (PASS) program, focusing on addressing the top 3 reasons for pet surrender at Dallas Animal Services - vet care, behavior training, and educating people on low-cost pet resources. Funding is also requested to support the Parvo Puppy Program and heartworm medication.
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Dallas Zoological Society (Dallas Zoo)
Dallas Zoological Society works to conserve wildlife and inspire a passion for nature, and to serve as an authority and resource for local teachers by providing state-aligned curricula on wildlife and habitat science. Funding is requested for computers and operational supplies for the Hillcrest Foundation Nature Exchange, a special swap shop for kids that fosters interest in the natural world. Funding is also requested for supplies to support the Youth Volunteer Program, which includes children from ages 11-19, and to support the expenses of 26,000 lbs of food the animals eat each week.
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Dallas-Ft. Worth Labrador Retriever Rescue Club
DFW Labrador Retriever Rescue Club is dedicated to alleviating the needless death and suffering of homeless or misplaced purebred Labrador Retrievers in DFW. Since their founding in 1997, they have rescued approximately 3,000 dogs. Funding is requested for general veterinary care, heartworm treatments, and website and database upgrades.
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Denton Animal Support Foundation
Denton Animal Support Foundation works to save Denton area animals. Funding is requested for the Safe Haven program, a partnership with Denton County Friends of the Family (a domestic violence shelter) and City of Denton Animal services, to board the pets of victims of domestic violence. Funding is also requested for their Adoption Subsidy program, which provides subsidies for animals who are at risk of euthanasia because they are difficult to adopt, including older pets and special needs animals.
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DFW Pug Rescue
DFW Pug Rescue works to provide rescue, care, and adoption of unwanted, mistreated, or homeless pugs in Texas. The organization has rescued over 6,000 pugs over the last 20 years. Funding is requested for: veterinary services; supplies and travel expenses for transport to veterinary services; and medications for the pugs.
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DFW Tzus and and More Rescue
DFW Tzus and More Rescue works to match homeless Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, and their furry friends with loving forever homes. They have saved 979 dogs since their founding in August 2007. Funding is requested for extraordinary veterinary care and for general operating expenses.
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Don't Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank
Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank, located in Fort Worth, works to supply pet food to local agencies in support of pet owners, offering an alternative to surrendering or abandoning a family pet. Funding is requested for: new warehouse space for operations to support the organization’s growth; increased rent and utilities, as well as equipment and office furniture for the larger space; and for the agency’s signature Stay or Go program, an annual pet food donation drive.
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Friends of the Tri-City Animal Shelter
Friends of the Tri-City Animal Shelter works to promote responsible pet ownership and to support the efforts of the Tri-City Animal Shelter, which serves Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville. They have subsidized the cost of over 3,000 spays and neuters. Funds are requested for: the Pre-Adoption Spay & Neuter Program and the addition of an on-site medical and surgical suite to Tri-City Animal Shelter.
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Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT)
Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas works to rescue, care for, and place in permanent homes Golden Retrievers in need in the North Texas area, as well as to educate the general public about responsible pet ownership and the special qualities of the breed. Since their inception in 1998, they have rescued over 3,000 Golden Retrievers. Funding is requested for the Hospice/Permanent Foster Program, which provides ongoing medical care for dogs who are not able to be adopted due to a chronic or terminal medical condition.
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Habitat 4 Paws
Founded in 2012, Habitat 4 Paws works to rescue and find permanent homes for dogs and cats while caring for them in a volunteer-staffed adoption facility and foster program. Located in Little Elm, the agency rescues animals from 16 counties in the North Texas region, and collects and distributes dog and cat food weekly for their Paws Pantry program. Funding is requested for: building a permanent shelter, boarding the animals, and general operations (pet food, storage facility, medical care, etc.).
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Humane Society of North Texas
Humane Society of North Texas works to act as an advocate on behalf of all animals and to ensure their legal, moral, and ethical consideration and protection, as well as to provide for the well-being of animals that are abandoned, injured, or mistreated. In 2015, the organization found homes for 6,460 pets through its four adoption centers across Tarrant County. Funding is requested for the Equine and Livestock Program, which served nearly 600 animals last year. Funding is also requested for animal investigations, and a spay/neuter assistance program.
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In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center
Located in Wylie and licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture, In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center provides a safe haven for exotic cats. Funding is requested for food to feed the 63 large felines currently with the organization; veterinary care for the animals; and a small cat enclosure to house the record number of bobcats that have been affected by the flooding in North Texas.
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International Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Located in Boyd, Texas, International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (IEAS) is a certified sanctuary by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that provides a permanent sanctuary for exotic animals that have been neglected, abused, abandoned, orphaned, or confiscated. There are currently 76 exotic animals in the care of IEAS. The organization also educates the public about conservation through school programs, lectures, and public appearances. Funding is requested for the education program, which is designed to raise awareness of the value and need for conservation via school presentations and summer camps, and provides internships for college credit by working with exotic animals.
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Mazie's Mission
Mazie’s Mission was founded with the purpose to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia by providing medical care, forensic evidence, and adoption assistance to shelters and other rescue groups. Located in Frisco, the brick and mortar clinic treated over 3,000 animals in 2014-2015. Funding is requested for medical equipment for the Shelter Outreach and Support program, which is a collaborative program with municipal shelters who agree to pay Mazie’s Mission $200 to treat an animal instead of euthanizing it, and Mazie’s will bear the cost of anything over the $200 and receive the first right of refusal to take the animal if the shelter cannot hold it until adopted. Funding is also requested for the Senior Pet Retention program, which is similar to the above, but as a collaboration with several pet charities that serve older animals; and the domestic abuse program, which completely subsidizes the treatment and care of pets of domestic violence victims through Hope’s Door.
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Spay Neuter Network
Operating a transport service over a 13-county region, Spay Neuter Network (SNN) aims to eliminate pet overpopulation through spay/neuter services. The organization also runs a regional clinic and a Mobile Animal Spay/Neuter Hospital (MASH) in the metroplex that brings free pet vaccinations, sterilizations, and pet care resources to low-income neighborhoods. SNN provides more than 17,500 spay/neuter surgeries annually to North Texas pets. Funding is requested for the Community Cat Craze Project, which teams with shelters to reduce the number of cats euthanized by spaying and neutering shelter and free-roaming cats. Funding is also requested for the Community Outreach Program, which involves volunteers going door-to-door in targeted neighborhoods to educate people on spaying and neutering their pets.
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SPCA of Texas
Dedicated to providing animals exceptional care and finding loving homes, the SPCA of Texas operates two animal care and adoption centers, as well as three low-cost veterinary care clinics that provide spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and preventative healthcare services to the public. Funding is requested for general operating support, as the SPCA of Texas serves more than 50,000 pets and people in North Texas. Funding is also requested for support of its animal cruelty investigations, which is currently run by a staff of ten in the Animal Cruelty Investigation (ACI) Unit department within the SPCA.
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Take Me Home Pet Rescue
Located in Richardson, Take Me Home Pet Rescue cares for animals abandoned in shelters and places them into loving forever-homes. Since 2008, the organization has rescued over 2,300 dogs and cats. Funding is requested for veterinary care and boarding expenses for the animals.
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Texas Coalition for Animal Protection
The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection provides compassionate solutions to pet overpopulation and community animal welfare by making preventative services affordable and available to pet owners. Since its formation in 2002, TCAP has spayed/neutered more than 275,000 animals and vaccinated more than 465,000 animals. Funding is requested for spay/neuter subsidies, surgery packs, and a mini-van to transport staff and supplies to remote spay/neuter and vaccine clinics.
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Texas Husky Rescue
Texas Husky Rescue operates to rescue, rehabilitate, and find loving homes for neglected and abused Huskies throughout Texas. The organization educates the public about responsible pet ownership and special qualities of the Siberian Husky breed, and in 2015 alone, saved 287 Huskies. Funding is requested for general operational and medical costs.
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The Pegasus Project
The Pegasus Project rescues, rehabilitates, trains and finds homes for neglected, abused, and abandoned horses, donkeys, and mules throughout Texas. The Pegasus Projects also collaborates with the Windridge Therapeutic Riding school, Victory Therapy Center, R.O.C.K., and Ride for Kids to address the needs of at-risk adults and children. Funding is requested for the for the following: a cover for a training arena to continue to provides services in all weather conditions; and hiring an additional assistant trainer to increase efficiency of the organization's training program, thus increasing adoption rates by an estimated 40%.
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Celeste AristaCeleste Arista
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