About Us

I’m an animal welfare advocate.  Not to be confused with animal rights advocate.  I’m mainstream, educated and aware of the issues surrounding companion animals, but I’m not a member of any of the “radical” animal rights movement.  I am a writer with a penchant for social media. I served as a member of the City of Dallas Animal Shelter Commission for 8 years, am the Boards or Advisory Boards of several DFW area rescue/advocacy groups and a former coordinator for the Texas Unites for Animal Conference.

I support rescue groups and shelters across North Texas, and provide education, training, resources, and more.  I don’t do a lot of hands-on rescue myself, though.  I used to, but after a 100+ fosters, a few too many foster failures, and an “Ah-ha” moment, I decided to focus on the “big picture.”

I have a background in banking and real estate, and I’m writing a book to help small non-profits do a better job of handling their finances.  I should mention my hobbies but I can’t think of any.  I spend most of my waking hours on animal welfare stuff.  I do like Facebook and red wine, although not together.  I read a lot, and I like photography.  I have a wonderful husband who supports everything I do (lucky, huh?) and wonderful friends who don’t think I’m crazy (because they’re all in rescue, of course).  I’m a very, very lucky person and I live a very fulfilling life.

My pets?  I’m a cat person and have a small herd of them.  They help with all my writing.  That’s James you’ll see on my Facebook profile.  Some friends and I went out to help a fellow rescuer TNR a group of feral cats a few years ago.  As soon as we drove up and started unloading our trap, James came out to greet us.  He rubbed up against our legs, demanded to be petted, and asked if he could come home with us.  Then he jumped in the car and waited until I could find a carrier to borrow (since I wasn’t going to put such a friendly guy in a trap). The first year here, he never let me out of his sight.  I figure if he’s smart enough to recognize an outstanding opportunity when he sees it, he’s smart enough to help me write my blog.  That and he’s the only one that would pose in front of the computer.  James is also President of the Black Cat Coalition.  It’s an elite group of black cats (and one 50% black).  Their mission is to protect the “bad-assness” of black cats and erase all evidence that they care about their people (and like to have their belly rubbed).

I have two dogs, too, and love them immensely, which is weird because as I said I am a cat person.  Trixie & Norton are siblings and they’re really getting up in years.  I was on my way to a client’s house one day fourteen years ago when they ran across four lanes of traffic on Gaston Avenue right in front of me.  They were only twelve weeks old at the time.  A guy waiting for the bus helped me round them up and put them in my car.  I drove around in the August heat for hours trying to find a shelter that would take them (chow/heeler mixes – chow being the operative word.) They were turned down by several of the shelters I now support.  Irony. Eventually “the puppies”, as they are still known, threw up in the back seat of my Mercedes and I gave up and took them home.  They’ve been here ever since.

OK, now for the preachy part.  Rescue is never, ever going to end pet overpopulation.  Dallas Animal Services still takes in 25,000-30,000 animals/year.  Unless you have foster or forever homes available for that many, we still have a problem. And it’s a complex problem.  Personally, I think the answer is a combination of things –  Education, Sterilization, Legislation, and Retention.

-Education  – teaching responsible pet ownership and compassion is key to creating a society that cares about pets;

-Sterilization – every dog or cat should be spayed or neutered and free and low-cost spay/neuter programs are the key (please don’t tell me dogs & cats will become extinct because I’m not that stupid.  If you believe that, I’ve got some ocean-front property to sell you);

-Legislation – because no matter how much you educate some people are just to stupid or too lazy to do the right thing;

-Retention – This one’s huge.  There’s a solution to cats that don’t use their litter box and dogs that tear up your stuff, and it’s not taking the animal to the shelter.  There are ways to pay for emergency vet bills, either through financing or grants.  There are ways to find lost pets and 90% of you go about it wrong.  And I know it is hard to believe, but there are apartment complexes and rental homes that allow pets!  Really!

When I get a chance, I’ll post my official bio.  I know ya’ll are dying to see that.

Rebecca

P.S.  I may have failed to mention my somewhat distorted sense of humor.  Sorry, but it helps me cope.

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22 Responses to About Us

  1. Judy Richardson says:

    Howdy, Currently up for adoption, 7 kittens, 2 Cockatoos, 1 Blue Front Amazon, 3 Cockatiels, 3 ball pythons, 1 savanna monitor, 2 lion head rabbits, 2 chinchilas and 3 guiene pigs. Adoptee MUST meet my requirments.

  2. Mamie says:

    Hi,

    I was curious to know if you guys are hiring for any type of position.
    Thanks!

  3. Daniel McGary says:

    I would like to know if there has been an update on the situation regarding the Waco lions club. Was it ever resolved?

  4. Helene says:

    Does anyone know, what is the deadline for the benji contest?

    Thank you!

  5. Pamelia Stubblefield says:

    What happened to Josh. I hope he can stay with Olivia. How is he? I have called and was not called back. 817- 879-5950

  6. Hi Pamelia, Josh went to DFW Rescue Me. DFWRescueMe.org. They are working with Animal Allies – the group that has Olivia.

  7. Debra says:

    Hello,

    I was searching for an animal rescue for a mixed breed Shepard adult female that has been at the RaceTrac #626 2111 W. mockingbird in Dallas 75235. She has been there for two weeks in rain/ snow . Customers have fed her including myself. She will come close to get food but runs off immediately and will bark if you come to close to her or approach her too fast. I have tried to lure her to my car twice but she wont have it. She is beautiful dog and hope to get her off the street. She is very clever if you try to lure her in any way. She is at a very busy area walks in gas pumps with a 6 lane road 100 feet away. Do you think you can help her or advise who can?

    Thanks

  8. Jennifer Song says:

    We recently lost our dog. His name is Pom Pom. Male. Maltese. with one eye functioning.
    We recieved a letter stating our dog was in the Humane Society of Fort Worth,
    but they had released him before we could pick him up.
    We were in the middle of moving and our mail was being held up at the post office.
    Please if you have in your possession a dog that fits the description or anything that could help us locate him
    I would greatly appreciate it.
    He has been in our family for 13 years and we miss him dearly.
    Please call me or my mother (sue) at
    214.900.9881

  9. Fred Hernandez says:

    Please email me an address to where we can have donations sent to you.
    We lost a huge dog and cat lover. Rest in Peace Gay Elkins.
    She has posted this encouraging donations to your organization on her behalf.
    Thank you,
    Kay Hernandez (twin sister)
    Dkhernandez@hotmail.com
    (830)734-7044

  10. steven walker says:

    I was wondering if you are if you knew any one or rescue in Dallas that would help with a white male pekingese that is being for sale on craigslist in Lone oak Texas for stud services he is for sale for 25.00 dollars. the ad# is http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/pet/4116290044.html
    any help would be great I belong to a pekingese rescue group on Face book called for pekes sake and we try and save and rescue as many as we can thank you.

  11. Agree with you -we should all start by eliminating the root cause. Stray dogs should be spayed – If we want to avoid overpopulation and there is a stray dog family German shepherd mix
    Living the streets surviving together the heat and freezing weather!
    Dad-Mom and 4 puppies (1 is currently on foster home)
    Along with 2 people / we have been feeding them on daily basis – clean water doggie food and cookies
    Mom and Dad might be 2-3 years old and the puppies around 7 months old
    They were borm last jume 2013 – 3 males and two females (now one female) since the one is at a foster home working on becoming a pet.

    I have been contacting several places for help- Duck Team 6 stray dog rescue team made a video and looking for foster & for ever homes – since the puppies were borm in the streets they are afraid of people but not agresivo at all —they know me and know my car – I work by that area oakliff in Dallas – i live in Flower Mound
    They are very smart and cute _- We were told that Dallas Animal service will show tomorrow or Friday ; (
    I have contacted a veterinary Doctor (Friend of mine who has helped me with a couple of strays Before – he is willing to help to foster them and spay, vaccinations etc – Dick team 6 can help to pick them up but they are six – we need help for resources for transportation
    Please google the following
    Save me 7 dt6

    and their video made by Duck Team 6
    YouTube
    “Save me 7” – Street Dog Family in need of heroes
    by duckteam6
    The girls will start the heat anytime soon – so we need to act fast but secure
    Pleade don’t hesitate to contact me (Patty 972-822-4965)
    blessings
    PS I spend time with them today – very playful and cute.

    • Rebecca says:

      Patty – there are plenty of free and low-cost spay/neuter programs available in your area. But Dallas Animal Services can only respond if the dogs are confined – if you can do that, call them back and tell them the dogs are confined. Or if DT6 can get them. I don’t know of anyone who provides transportation at this time.

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  17. David Edersheim says:

    I thought I would let you know one of the dogs you rescued. She was fostered by a caring family in TX. That ended up on the love On Wheels ride to Dewitt, NY to Helping Hounds. I lost my furry pal to cancer. I went to Helping hounds a few weeks later. I’m a Border Collie fan for 24 years the house has had one. The first one was a Border Collie Lab mix. The furry pal that passed away was a Border Collie Burmese mix. He was 87 lbs of active dog. We went to Helping Hounds and while talking to the staff. My wife said someone is trying to get your attention. Long story short Snap Dragon, now Tally adopted me. She is a 40 lb Border Collie Sheltie mix. She is active and a great with the grand kids. Has to be with me until I say I have to go to work. Thinking a dog that good was so close to being put to sleep. What you people are doing is wonderful Thank You

  18. Katie says:

    I was just wondering if you have any volunteer opportunities

  19. tom inman says:

    dfwpup rescue

    I hav tried everything to find your phone number
    please send it to me.

    thanks tm inman

  20. Myrna Fields says:

    Hi. You guys probably already as an adoption event on Saturday but The Village at Mapleshade assistant living community in Plano (off Coit/I90 by Central Market) is having a Pet Palooza on Saturday from 1-4. They have residents, family, friends and employees who are interested in pet adoptions. They had 2 rescues scheduled but cancelled. If interested call Michael Larsen – Community Marketing Director
    @ (972) 964-8444. Thanks!

  21. Sophie says:

    Hello Rebecca!

    I am writing on behalf of the Animalslife.net project, which in short, aims to make the problem of animal shelters’ overoccupation more visual by installing webcams there for free and in this way attracting peoples’ attention to it. On the https://animalslife.net website 24/7 live broadcasts are carried out; the website offers users to support shelters by purchasing pet food as wel as send adoption/volunteering requests.
    Would it be interesting for you to cooperate with us?

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