DALLAS DOG INTAKE PROCESS
Support to Avoid Surrendering Your Dog
There are programs that provide resources and services to Texas residents who are experiencing challenges to keeping their pet(s) with an overall goal of keeping pets out of the sheltering system and providing a safe, judgment-free zone for anyone in need. Our team can provide emergency pet food, pet resource assistance, and referrals to outside social service and animal welfare agencies.
How Does Dallas DogRRR Handle Intake?
This is a common question that does not have an easy answer - managing intake in a rescue the size of Dallas DogRRR is like playing chess with 200 pieces. This is what we consider when determining if we intake a dog or cat:
Intake numbers vs. outcome numbers, which includes adoption, transport, & death
Emergency medical pulls
Medical needs of the animal & how many appointments we have available to us
Do we have fosters and the funds to cover?
Do we have the manpower to handle what happens behind the scenes, such as supplies, adoptions, networking, etc.?
Do we have a balanced selection of breeds, ages, sizes?
Length of stay for adult dogs in the rescue
How many dogs are currently needing placement?
Dogs we have already committed to taking, but not currently in our care
Animals being returned
The behavior of the animal - how they are with dogs, cats, kids, etc.?
How many fosters/adopters are asking for help with dogs that they have found or are networking?
This is just a small selection of the factors that need to be considered before we intake an animal. On the dark side, being the person/persons who have to make these life or death decisions is so heartbreaking and soul-destroying.
Must complete an owner surrender form
Must provide medical records
Recommend taking to vet for a current heartworm test
Must be current on vaccines
Must have the dog evaluated by our trainer
Must provide proof of ownership
if you have found an animal you must have completed the following prior to intaking a found animal into the rescue.
Must have called the shelter to report a found animal
Make sure you have scanned for a microchip
Post on social media, next door, and lost animal pages
Post on lost dog sites in the surrounding area
Post posters at the location and around the area where the animal was found.
THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT WE CAN TAKE A FOUND ANIMAL - WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE DONE EVERYTHING TO LOCATE THE POSSIBLE OWNER. ANY ANIMAL THAT ENTERS THE RESCUE MUST BE APPROVED BY OUR INTAKE TEAM.
TIPS AND TOOLS TO AVOID SURRENDER YOUR ANIMAL
It is our hope at Dallas Dog that you will be able to use this information to help you pet. However, if you still want to rehome your pet please consider the following.
There are also several organizations in the area that offer low cost veterinary services to help families who are struggling financially to care for their pets.
Spay USA Is a nationwide referral network of affordable spay and neuter services organized by zip code.
Suggestion for Keeping Your Pet
Do you want to keep your pet and need some tips and tools?
Food / supplies
Social Media Supports to Help with Rehoming Your Pet.
Facebook Pages Animal Advocates Dallas
Dog Moms of DFW Rehoming
DFW Rescue Dog Moms -Under the “Announcements” tab, there are also about 20-30 rescues listed with their email addresses.
Pure Breed -If he is a purebred dog, check with purebred rescues.
Out of State Options
Finally, texas has a huge pet overpopulation problem. Many northern states do not. if you have any friends or family traveling to northern states any time soon, particularly the pacific northwest (oregon, washington) or new england, you might try contacting rescues in those areas to see if they have any space. They sometimes do. other northern states are worth checking into, as well.
Pitbull Friendly Apartments - My Pitbull Is Family
Looking for Temporary Fosters
Please Avoid the Following
Avoid Giving Your Pet Away for Free, Try Offering a Rehoming Fee.
Avoid Giving the Pet Away without Doing a Homecheck, Personal Reference and If Able Check Their Current Veterinarian for A Reference.
Be Cautious It Is Possible when Rehoming Animals Using Free Sites that Animals Can End up In Bad Situations, It Is Important to Remember that Not Everyone Has the Best Intentions.
STILL LOOKING TO REHOME YOUR FAMILY PET
Please complete the intake form below for our Intake Team to review. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible, but please allow 5-7 days for us to review your application. Please understand that we receive anywhere from 50-100 requests a day. There is no guarantee that your pet will be accepted into the program please see the above resources available to help you rehome the animal in need.