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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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Dallas Pets Alive seeks to promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals in North Texas. Core programs include General rescue, which involves pulling animals from shelters into our foster/adoption program to prevent them from being euthanized; and Proactive rescue, which involves reducing shelter intakes through their Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) and their community cat Trap-Neuter-Release program. The PASS program in 2019 has surpassed 2018 already with 435 surrender preventions. They were awarded Most Successful Fundraising or Awareness Campaign by D CEO. Funding will support medical and behavior care of foster animals and the general operating costs of their surrender prevention program, PASS.

The Dallas Zoo's mission is Engaging People & Saving Wildlife. Their vision is Creating a Better World for Animals. In addition to in-park educational shows and talks, core educational programs include their accredited Wild Earth Preschool and various STEM-based camps, courses, and workshops for all ages and abilities. Core conservation programs engage community volunteers locally and across Texas. Successes in 2018-19 included serving over 1.1 million guests, hosting over 3000 volunteers, and removing over 13,000lb of trash from Texas waterways. Funds are requested for general operating support to enable them to continue delivering impactful programming in accordance with their mission of Engaging People & Saving Wildlife.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to pets nationally and thus relieve the anguish of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets. Core programs include delivering pet food and supplies to food banks at donation sites, Emergency Veterinary Care for pets of homeless that are ill or injured, Wellness clinic which provides vaccinations, and providing sleeping crates to homeless shelters. In the last year, Feeding Pets of the Homeless donated over 665 tons of pet food, served over 16,000 pets through their wellness clinic, and provided 85 crates to homeless shelters. Funding will support general operating costs.

Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) seeks to assist animals who are abandoned, injured, neglected, mistreated or otherwise in need, and to promote an appreciation of animals. HSNT’s main services include Pet Adoptions (11,300 pets adopted in 2018 from 4 locations), Rae of Hope (provides free basic veterinary care to seniors in Tarrant Counties’ lowest income areas), and Spay & Neuter It For Free (SNIFF) (free spay/neuter services to low income citizens). In 2018 HSNT adopted out 11,311 pets, up 17% from 2017, completed or funded 10,694 spay/neuter surgeries, and saved 2,294 pets from cruelty. Donations to HSNT could help save pets’ lives through major medical funds, spay/neuter costs & veterinary care for pets of senior citizens.

International Exotic Animal Santuary (IEAS) provides a permanent sanctuary for exotic animals that have been neglected while educating the public about their plight and conservation needs. Core programs include Animal Care, which provides food and veterinary care for their animal residents, and the Education Program, which educates future animal caretakers and the public about caring for exotic animals. In 2019, IEAS has cared for over 70 animals, including 31 bears, and 19 interns have completed our program and gained experience working with exotics. Funds are need for their Animal Care Program as well as for facilities improvements and maintenance, which will enable better quality of life for their animals.

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship seeks to help children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse. Programs include ManeGait's core Therapeutic Riding Program, the ManeGait to Freedom Program serving military veterans, and the GaitWay to the Brain Program. Developed at ManeGait, GaitWay integrates brain-building exercises into the framework of equine therapy to increase outcomes for riders. Led by PATH certified instructors, ManeGait serves 150 individuals with disabilities each week assisted by 26 horses and over 275 weekly volunteers. Funds are needed to subsidize the cost of therapy for rider families and support the feed and care of ManeGait's therapy herd.

Mazie's Mission was formed to bring a self-substaining, focused approach to animal welfare with the purpose of eliminating unnecessary euthanasia. Programs include: 1) the Rescue Clinic - they provide exceptional veterinary care to the homeless animals within rescue groups and municipal shelters, with prices that are generally 50-75% lower than private practices; and 2) the Rescue program- they rescue animals off the euthanasia list at shelters. In 2018, they helped over 3,000 animals, and they moved to a larger, more centralized location in March 2019 Funds are requested to support the purchase of medical equipment and supplies for the clinic so they can continue to provide very low cost veterinary care.

The mission of Operation Kindness is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. A world where all cats and dogs have loving, responsible, forever homes. To date, we have rescued and rehomed over 110,000 animals in North Texas. Core programs include the Operation Kindness Medical Program, which provides high-quality care to an average of 150 animals per day; the Adoption program, which is the foundation of their mission is helps to rescue and rehome close to 5,000 animals per year; and their Foster Program, which cares for nearly 1,500 animals per year. In 2019, Operation Kindness completed 4,375 adoptions, provided 1,230 animals with foster care, and performed 3,137 spay and neuter surgeries as well as 94 specialty surgeries. Funding is needed for their Medical Program, Foster Care, and day-to-day care for animals.

Pet Partners' mission is to improve human health and wellness through the human-animal bond by bringing comfort and healing to all those in need. Pet Partners' core program is the Therapy Animal Program which was founded by veterinarians and psychiatrists who researched the link between animals and human wellness and found that animals can help vulnerable populations in demonstrable ways, including reduced blood pressure and stress levels. In 2018, Pet Partners' Therapy Animal program served over 4,675 DFW area students, hospital patients, veterans and the elderly with life-saving visits. Funding will support growing the overall presence in DFW as well as recruitment for therapy teams as there is currently a wait list of 68+ facilities requesting the program.

Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, sick, and orphaned birds of all types. Programs include educational programs, partnerships with school districts, and scout groups. In the past year, Roger’s Wildlife has rehabilitated and released over 4,500 birds into the wild, complete 90 on-premise programs, and build enclosures for their educational birds. Funding will support food, enclosures, and medical supplies.

SPCA of Texas' mission is to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home. Core activities include rescuing around 3,500 animals from cruelty, neglect, and abuse each year; rehabilitating these animals (who have many different health and behavior issues) through veterinary and behavioral services; and rehoming these animals through foster and adoption services. In 2018 their Southern Dallas Initiative spayed/neutered 13,240 dogs and cats and their clinics helped 30,025 pets, including 7,460 pets who found their forever homes. Funds are needed for their Pet Resource Center to keep pets with their owners and for their shelters to provide care to rescued & surrendered animals.

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