3-year, $5 million Big Fix for Big D kicks off

The Big Fix for Big D was publicly launched  at a press conference this morning at St. Philip’s School and Community Center. The ground-breaking, 3-year, $5 million initiative’s goal is to reduce the high rates of euthanasia at Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center that is caused by unchecked breeding, resulting in thousands more animals than the system is able to handle.

The Big Fix for Big D offers $20 spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations and registration for animals in 18 of the highest-need zip code areas of Dallas beginning June 7, 2012. Big Fix for Big D partners include Dallas Animal Services (DAS), the Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project (KCAAP), Metroplex Animal Coalition (MAC) and the SPCA of Texas.  The first year of the “Big Fix for Big D” initiative will be funded by the Companion Animal Funders Coalition, which includes the City of Dallas, The Dallas Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, PetSmart Charities®, The Rees-Jones Foundation and the Summerlee Foundation. The Companion Animal Funders Coalition has committed $1.3 million to fund the first year of the Big Fix for Big D initiative.

The City of Dallas is proud to be a partner in the Big Fix for Big D project. As part of our commitment to saving lives, our focus must be on creating a more humane community for the animals where pets are sterilized and provided the appropriate level of care.   The Big Fix for Big D will give citizens access to resources, thereby improving the quality of life for the animals and people of our community.

The target zip codes for the first phase of the program are: 75203, 75207, 75208, 75210, 75211, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75223, 75224, 75227, 75232, 75233, 75236, 75237, 75241, 75249, and 75253.  They were were chosen because the greatest number of animal-related 311 calls originates in these zip codes. A survey of pet owners funded by the Summerlee Foundation identified the Southwest region of the city as home to the greatest portion (36%) of respondents who were least likely to spay/neuter their pets. The Big Fix for Big D partners decided to start offering these important services at an extremely low cost in the area that has the most need. Based on what is learned from the first year, the partners can make decisions about expanding to other areas of Dallas in years two and three.

For more information, visit the Big Fix for Big D website.

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