City launches campaign to address animal issues

The City of Dallas has officially launched DallasPETS, a campaign dedicated to educating the public about three main animal issues in the city: illegal dumping, loose dogs and adoption.

“This educational effort will address one of the root causes of some of the greatest animal issues we’re facing in our City,” said Sana Syed, Director of the Public Information Office (PIO). “We believe our targeted educational initiative will resonate with City employees and residents and help save the lives of animals.”

The campaign will focus on raising awareness through targeted social media, including the hashtag #DallasPETS on Twitter; Facebook and Google advertising; billboards; fliers; poster and promotional materials. DAS and Code Compliance are increasing street sweeps and mobile care events in targeted areas.

The PIO will manage creation of print materials, videos, public service announcements and social media marketing and advertising.

Published on December 1, 2015

Pause (Paws!) to Keep Pets Safe

Every year thousands of pets around the country are given as gifts during the holiday season. If you are thinking about joining the tradition, please “paws” to prepare your home before bringing a furry friend home for the holidays.

Puppies and kittens are naturally curious and can turn unexpected household items – not to mention shiny, dangling ornaments – into toys. To keep your new pet and your family safe, follow this safety check list:

  • Keep electrified cords away from puppies and kittens so they don’t chew on them. Cover the cord with a heavy plastic sleeve, or ask your pet store for a bitter‐tasting product to put on the cord.
  • Halogen lamps should never be used in play areas. Halogen bulbs reach very high temperatures and, if knocked over during play, could easily start a fire.
  • Playful pets can knock radios, curling irons and other items into the water. All appliances near sinks or bathtubs  should be plugged into outlets equipped with ground‐fault circuit interrupters.
  • Do not allow pets to curl up for a nap behind a decorated tree or warm computer equipment. They need to learn to stay away from all electrical connections.
  • Avoid tinsel on your tree, which is toxic.
  • Ribbons can cause choking, particularly the thin, curling ribbon types.  Don’t put ribbons around your pet’s neck, since the ribbon can catch on objects and result in hanging.
  • A bowl of lemon peels at the base of the tree can dissuade cats or kittens from climbing and tipping over Christmas trees.  Anchoring the tree to a small hook in the ceiling can also help.
  • Some holiday plants are also toxic including holly, which can be fatal.  Mistletoe can cause heart problems and sap from poinsettias can blister your pet’s mouth. Artificial options or other non-toxic plants are safer choices.

Published on December 6, 2014

A Humane Approach to Caring for Community Cats

Basic differences:

Stray Cats:

  • Once was socialized with people, now on their own;
  • Will approach humans;
  • Kittens can be tamed if under 12 weeks

Feral Cats:

  • Not OK with people, not adoptable;
  • Prolific: populations can grow exponentially, gather in groups;

Present community problems: yowling, spraying territories, dead kittens common, feces

Ineffective remedies for feral cat populations:

  • Adoption [they can’t be tamed];
  • Feeding bans [exacerbates community impact problems;
  • leads to sick and angry populations];
  • Trap and exterminate [too many, vacuum left in population quickly re-filled]

A Humane Solution: “TNRM”

  • TRAP feral cats in cages that leave them unharmed
  • NUTER them at the SPCAA, ear is clipped to identify caught cats
  • RETURN them to the community
  • MANAGE the population with feeding program.

Since feral cats live only about 3 years, the population will diminish

 

Published on May 4, 2014

Free Spay & Neuter Events

The Dallas Companion Animal Project is offering free sterilization and vaccinations.   The service is free, but donations are encouraged.

  • Sunday March 23
  • Sunday, April 6
  • Sunday, April 27

Dallas Animal Services
1818 Westmorelan, Dallas 75212

To make an appointment, email SpayDallas2@yahoo.com or call 972-498-8800.

Puppies and kittens must weigh at least 2 pounds.

Visit the Spay/Neuter page of the Dallas Companion Animal Project website.

Published on March 4, 2014

Leash Free Dog Park Nearby

The Meadows Foundation has always been a good neighbor to the people of Bryan Place. But did you know they are big supporters of our pets too?

Though the gated park on Swiss between Liberty and Oak is private property, they allow pet owners to let their dogs run leash free in the southern edge of the lawn.

All they ask is that pet owners keep the leash on their dogs when they are near the paved walking path at the northern side for the safety of walkers who use it. And of course, please pick up after your pets as always.

Since the law requires your pets to be leashed, especially in Exall Park, many Bryan Place neighbors congregate there now and let their pets have fun in a safe environment away from the traffic while also getting a chance to get to know one another.

o take a stroll over to enjoy this close by amenity. And please remember to always remember to keep your pet leashed while in the neighborhood and Exall park.

Published on June 19, 2012

A Humane way to Handle Pet Overpopulation

It’s estimated that one million homeless dogs and cats will end up in Texas animal shelters this year. Nationwide, more than four million companion animals are euthanized annually; many are puppies and kittens less than six months old.