If any dogs test positive for Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) at the shelter, we are immediately isolating them at our medical teams counsel and attempting to get them into a foster home. Since distemper positive dogs can shed the virus to other dogs for up to 3 months, they need to be isolated for that entire period or they pose a risk to other dogs at the shelter.
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The SPCA of Texas Community Pet Program is proud to announce a major milestone for the Southern Dallas Pet Initiative. Since the program began in April 2017, the SPCA of Texas has now surpassed 25,000 free spay/neuter surgeries for pets of residents living in Southern Dallas!
The goal of the Southern Dallas Pet Initiative is to reduce the number of loose dogs roaming the streets, a decrease in the number of dog bite and dog attack calls to 311 and 911, a decrease in intake at Dallas Animal Services and improve the spay/neuter rate of southern Dallas comparable to North Dallas at 80 percent.
The program, which began in 2016, offers spays/neuters, vaccinations and microchips free of charge where residents have neither the resources nor the access to stem the growth rate of the number of loose dogs, which pose a threat to personal safety.
Further, the Community Pet Program’s Pet Resource Center aims to provide medical, behavioral and housing help for pets of people living in poverty and provide assistance to owners who may otherwise relinquish their pets onto the streets or to local shelters.
The specific zip codes were chosen because the region serves as a virtual desert for animal services that help ensure responsible pet ownership. According to the Dallas County Community Health Needs Assessment, 25% of residents in southern Dallas live below the federal poverty line.
The SPCA of Texas is able to provide exceptional care for these animals while at the same time increasing public safety and improving the quality of life for residents of southern Dallas thanks to generous support from foundations and donors like The Rees-Jones Foundation, W. W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas, the Hoglund Foundation, Petsmart Charities and more!
We are so proud of the work we’ve done in the community, but there are still plenty of pets waiting to be helped in Southern Dallas. For more information on how pet owners in Southern Dallas can take advantage of these services, please visit spca.org/freefix. If you’d like to support our efforts to provide low-cost and free veterinary services across North Texas, please consider making a contribution at spca.org/donate.
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