Denton Animal Support Foundation’s mission is to save more Denton area animals. We accomplish this while focusing on two major components, the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center (City of Denton Animal Shelter) and the Denton area community. Growth in both the human and pet populations in the Denton area has increased the number of pets entering the Shelter’s doors. The support DASF provides can be crucial to continued a high live exit rate of the municipal shelter. Learn more about our programs below!
Support for the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center
Adoption Subsidy GRANT Fund
Adoption Subsidy grants lower 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 grants are crucial during high-volume months when shelters are at full capacity. The staff and volunteers at the shelter work very hard to ensure that every adoptable pet finds a new loving home. Adoption subsidy grants help those harder to place pets get the extra time they need to find the right home.
This initiative has saved over 13,000 shelter pets by providing over $235,000 to lower adoption fees, increasing the number of adoptions as well as expanding the pool of potential adopters. More shelter pets get a second chance at a loving home!
Emergency Medical GRANT 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. The Emergency Medical Grant Fund provides the necessary funds for emergency or specialized veterinary care to sick and injured pets enabling them to be adopted after recovery or to remain in their home – over $123,000 granted so far. This allows pets to receive needed medical care including medications and surgical procedures to enhance their quality of life and increase their chance of adoption
HEARTWORM VOUCHER PROGRAM
The DASF Heartworm-Positive Voucher Program helps dogs who are heartworm positive find their forever homes. In an effort to give these shelter dogs a second chance at a long, happy life, vouchers to offset veterinary costs for heartworm treatment are given upon adoption of these wonderful dogs. Since the start of the program in May of 2018, 130 Denton shelter dogs who tested HW+ have received a $100 voucher to help find loving homes and heartworm treatment.
General Shelter Support
DASF provides general shelter support to ensure the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center has much needed supplies and equipment necessary in order to not strain shelter resources. Past support has included purchasing microchips, small-pet carriers and cameras for pet photos to encourage adoptions. More recent support includes new isolation kennels, permanent shade covering for the large & small dog play yards, new cat towers for the cat play rooms for exercise & enrichment, and new benches for the get-acquainted rooms.
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 58,000 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.
Support for animal welfare programs in the Denton community
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.
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 include 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 homebound seniors so that they do not have to share their one hot meal a day with their furry friends.
LOW-COST VACCINATIONS AND FREE RABIES SHOTS
In partnership with Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP), DASF sponsors low-cost vaccine clinics and funds free rabies shots at the shelter four (4) times/year. These are open to the public, no appointments or income requirements. Almost 500 pets/year are served whose owners are low or fixed income, disabled, homeless, student, elderly, or have large families.
To check for upcoming clinics, visit our calendar page.
EMERGENCY PET FOOD PROGRAM
Since 2013, DASF has provided emergency PetCo gift certificates to the animal shelter for anyone in need of short term help with pet food and/or supplies. No questions asked. DASF’s Emergency Pet Food Program has been expanded to the Lake Dallas Shelter.
DASF also partners with Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and Denton Community Food Center to provide pet food and supplies to their homeless, low-income or needy clients. No questions are asked to receive emergency pet food assistance. About 85 – 100 owners/year are aided.
In 2019 DASF and community business partners hosted an inaugural Community Pet Food Drive in order to collect food and supplies for needy pets.
To learn more about this program, visit the resource page.
Educating Future Pet Guardians
Denton Animal Support Foundation volunteers travel to elementary schools, library’s, churches and other venues 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.
DASF education committee members are available to give short presentations to classes K-5th grade and other Denton area groups during the day or after school. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.