Shelter Endowment Fund

Shelter for Today — Hope for Tomorrow was the theme of the Denton Animal Support Foundation capital campaign that raised $2.2 million toward the construction of Denton’s Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center. The immediate priority was shelter for today for the thousands of pets annually in need of help. The new state-of-the-art city shelter opened January 2015.

The new priority is hope for tomorrow for all adoptable shelter pets to find good homes.

In 2017, over 5,400 abandoned and abused pets were compassionately sheltered and many were medically treated. Due to professional shelter and vet staff, caring volunteers and successful DASF-funded programs, the live-release rate has reached over 90%.

DASF programs have directly saved thousands of shelter pets over the past 10 years, including the Adoption Subsidy Grant Program and the Emergency Medical Grant Program. In addition, DASF has provided funding for medical supplies and facility equipment. In 2015 alone, adoption subsidies — reducing the fees to individual adopters — totaled $25,000, saving 830 shelter pets. Continuation of these programs has been dependent upon DASF annual fundraising.

The Shelter Endowment Fund

The Shelter Endowment Fund was initiated in October 2015 by Shirley and Jerry Watson in memory of their beloved dog Kandi. The Watsons provided a substantial lead donation and have pledged matching funds as others make donations.


The fund provides hope for tomorrow in perpetuity. Annual distributions augment normal DASF fundraising to perpetuate critical adoption, medical, and other DASF programs for shelter pets.


Endowment funds are entirely segregated from any other DASF funds. Under strict legal guidelines, a special Endowment Committee manages the funds and oversees all aspects of the endowment. The committee is composed of both DASF board members and non-board members.

The funds are completely donor directed through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed between the donor and DASF. The donor designates support for any or all of the DASF programs: Adoption Subsidy, Medical, or Facility/Supplies for use of their donation.

Annual distribution amounts are usually limited to earned interest and perhaps a small fraction of the principle, depending upon donor specification. The Shelter Endowment Fund will build over time and always be available to help shelter pets.

Your donation – regardless of size – is gratefully appreciated.

Endowment Contributions

Cumulative donations of $2,500 and more are acknowledged on The Shelter Endowment Honor Plaque located in the Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center. These donations may be designated in memory, in honor, or with a short caption. Updates to the plaque are made upon receipt of the gift(s).


Pledges may be made for a one-time donation, for a specific total amount over three (3) years, and/or for an annual amount.

Estate Planning/Wills

A gift that will save shelter pets long into the future is a wonderful legacy to consider. To help you provide for shelter pets through your estate, DASF has promulgated model language which you can share with your estate planning attorney. We request that you contact DASF before leaving any testamentary gifts, so we can work with you to ensure the best results from your gift.

Getting Started

An Endowment Committee member is ready to meet with you at your convenience to provide information and aid in structuring your gift. Please email and include your name, city, and daytime phone so we may contact you.

On behalf of the animals, THANK YOU for your generosity!

DASF is a 501(c)3 public charity exempt from federal tax and is celebrating 10 years of service to Denton.