Category Archives: Advocacy

Thinking of Starting an Animal Transport Program? Read This First.

  There has been a lot of talk in Dallas lately about transport programs as a way to save more lives, and they continue to grow in popularity nationwide. But like so much in animal welfare, transport programs are more … Continue reading

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Use Your Vote to Protect Pets

Early voting in Texas started this morning. Wouldn’t it be nice to know the choices you are making are people who will help animals and support legislation to make communities more humane? The Texas Humane Legislation Network has made it … Continue reading

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Pets For Life: Leading the way in Community Outreach

Community Outreach is all the rage these days. From the SPCA of Texas to Paul Quinn College and even Dallas Dogrrr, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. But what is community outreach and where did it begin? Pets For Life, … Continue reading

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Natinsky's Law, the Silver Lining and Why History Matters

Natinsky’s Law. A friend cringes every time I call it that. But that’s what it is. It’s the result of a City Council representative’s desire to stop hearing one resident’s continued criticism of the City for not doing enough to … Continue reading

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Dallas Loose Dog Problem Needs Some Context

Context, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary; “the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.” For months now we’ve been told Dallas’ loose dog … Continue reading

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What about Antoinette Brown? Three Months Later and No One Has Been Charged

What about Antoinette Brown? It’s been more than three months since the tragedy. Dallas Police told the Dallas Morning News back in June that the owners could face criminal charges. The owner of the dogs who allegedly mauled Antoinette Brown … Continue reading

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Fee Waived Adoptions, Take Two

Apparently I’m not the only one who is a proponent. Christie makes some good observations on “What opponents of free pet adoptions don’t get.”  Check it out.  It’s from 2012. Change is slow in animal welfare.

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Fee Waived Adoptions at Clear The Shelters 2016

Tomorrow is Clear The Shelters day. This will be my 3rd year to be a part of this amazing event!  Last year at Dallas Animal Services 209 pets found new forever homes – in one day.  Public support for the … Continue reading

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City of Dallas Animal Shelter Commission Annual Reports and DAS Accomplishments By Year

I was appointed to the Animal Shelter Commission (when it was still called that) in October of 2007 by then Councilwoman Linda Koop.  I was reappointed by her in 2009 and 2011, and by her succcessor Councilman Lee Kleinman in … Continue reading

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"The State of Sheltering" – the truth about No Kill

A recent article in Fort Worth Magazine eloquently points out the implications of the no-kill movement while dispelling some of the misconceptions the public has about the movement.  It’s about time. And not unexpectedly, the comments include the requisite personal … Continue reading

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