Dallas Animal Services (DAS) launched its newest life-saving initiative, Dallas90, at Dallas City Hall on Thursday, November 15, 2018.
Dallas90 is a community outreach campaign designed to generate support and participation
in DAS’ efforts to find positive outcomes for all the healthy and behaviorally sound pets, which shelter management believes exceeds 90% of the shelter population.
The vision of Dallas90 is to lead the nation in compassionate care of animals while finding positive outcomes for all placeable pets through innovative shelter operations and community engagement.
DAS has the highest rate of animal intake in the state of Texas and the fourth highest in the country, despite ranking as the 3rd largest Texas city and 9th largest city in the country. Currently, the shelter’s live release rate is around 80%, an improvement of about 515% since 2007.
“Dallas90 encompasses so much more than live release rate,” said DAS Director Ed Jamison. “It is about creating a community where all people and animals are safe, treated with respect, and have access to the resources needed to thrive. Dallas Animal Services is committed to leading by example while engaging the entire DFW-area and beyond through collaborative efforts. Dallas90 is not about turning pets in need away from the shelter, but rather about keeping pets in loving homes through education and resources whenever possible.”
One of the ways DAS aims to achieve a 90% live release rate is by creating the country’s best pet owners through education and accessible pet resources. Additionally, DAS is seeking to expand its partnerships with community groups, animal rescues, businesses, and politicians while also drastically growing the foster and volunteer programs.
To achieve its new goals, DAS needs to recruit 400 new fosters, increase their volunteer support by 200% and find 3,000 more positive animal outcomes.
“We can make Dallas one of the best cities in the country for pets, but we can’t do it alone. We need the help of Dallas animal lovers like you!” said Jamison.
People interested in getting involved and helping DAS save more lives should email DASAdopt@dallascityhall.com, DASFoster@dallascityhall.com or DASvolunteer@dallascityhall.comor call (214) 670-6800.