The Denton Animal Support Foundation mission is to save more Denton area animals. We do this by fundraising to support the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center, providing animal welfare programs in our community, as well as by educating the public about proper pet guardianship. Learn more about our programs below!
Support for the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center
Adoption Subsidy Fund: Adoption subsidy funding lowers the cost of adoption for “harder to place” pets such as older and special needs animals to allow them a second chance at a forever home. Adoption subsidy funding is important as well during high-volume months when the shelter is at full capacity. The staff and volunteers at the shelter work very hard to ensure that every adoptable pet finds a new loving home. The live exit rate for the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center is consistently over 90%, which is almost unheard of for a municipal shelter. Adoption subsidy funding helps those harder to place pets get the extra time they need to find the right home.
Medical Expense Fund: Some animals that find their way to the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center are in need of medical attention before they can be adopted out. Medical expense funding allows pets to receive needed medical care including heartworm treatment, medications, and even surgical procedures to enhance their quality of life and increase their chance of adoption.
General Shelter Support: DASF also provides general shelter support to ensure that the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center has needed supplies that could strain shelter resources. Microchips, kennels, small-pet carriers, cameras for pet photos to encourage adoptions, and any additional supplies are all included in the general support provided by DASF. Growth in both the human and pet populations in the Denton area has increased the number of pets entering the Shelter’s doors. This support can be vital to the continued high live exit rate.
Social media adoption promotion: Denton Animal Support Foundation and shelter volunteers work constantly to promote adoptable pets on Instagram and Facebook as well as answer questions, in an effort to find homes for adoptable pets. With over 40,000 Facebook followers and a growing community, older and hard to adopt pets are given a much higher chance for adoption through the efforts of DASF and shelter volunteers. Some pets that may need an extra “boost” are promoted with DASF funds to broaden the audience of potential adopters. Many adopters have noted that they found out about their new family members through DASF’s social media sites.
In 2015, DASF expanded its focus to assist organizations and animal welfare programs in the community. DASF also actively seeks to educate the community about pet safety and proper pet guardianship.
Support for animal welfare programs in the Denton community
Educating Future Pet Guardians: Denton Animal Support Foundation volunteers travel to elementary schools across the Denton area to give presentations to children about proper pet guardianship and safety so that students can be prepared to safety interact with animals in the community and care for their own furry family members. Teaching students about the importance of spaying and neutering as well as adopting pets from the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center are important parts of the program. Care of animals and planning before adopting are stressed. Other areas of the program stress that animals feel joy, pain, happiness, sadness, and all the emotions we do. They are not toys, to be discarded. Students are also taught that pets are a lifetime commitment and require time, work, and money. Volunteers have presented to more than 2,300 children in Denton ISD in the past 2 years, including ESD and presentations geared toward different grade levels.
Safe Haven: According to the American Humane Association, upwards of 40% of domestic violence victims will not leave an abusive situation for fear that the abuser will hurt or kill a pet. Denton Animal Support Foundation has partnered with the Denton County Friends of the Family and the City of Denton Police Department to enable victims of domestic violence to leave dangerous situations without leaving beloved pets behind. DASF has committed to paying for the boarding services of pets of domestic violence victims who seek shelter at the DCFOF facility.
Community Grants for individuals and Animal Welfare Initiatives in Denton: The Denton Animal Support Foundation seeks to support the programming of other non-profit organizations helping pets and the people who love them. Grant recipients have included organizations such as the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) to provide low cost spay and neuter services and vaccinations for Denton area pets as well as SPAN/Meals on Wheels to provide pet food for home-bound seniors so that they do not have to share their one hot meal a day with their furry friends.