Three-year, $5 million initiative will drastically increase number of animals sterilized and ease burden on system, reducing need for high rates of euthanasia
(DALLAS, TX) June 7, 2012 – Today, a group of animal welfare agencies and funders officially launched the first phase of a big new initiative, “Big Fix for Big D,” which will offer $20 spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations and registration for animals in 18 of the highest-need zip code areas ofDallas. The $5 million initiative’s goal is to reduce the high rates of euthanasia at Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center that is caused by unchecked breeding, resulting in thousands more animals than the system is able to handle.
“Dallas is home to an overpopulation of animals that are not sterilized, which is causing a burden on the City and unfortunate euthanasia of healthy dogs and cats at Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center,” said James Bias, SPCA of Texas President. “It is our hope that through the collaborative efforts of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas (SPCA of Texas), Dallas Animal Services (DAS), the Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project (KCAAP) and Metroplex Animal Coalition (MAC), along with pet owners throughout the Metroplex, that the number of unsterilized animals can be dramatically decreased. But most importantly, we want to relieve animal suffering as a product of the thousands of unwanted and homeless puppies and kittens that are born in our community each year.”
“This unique partnership will make a major difference in the animal overpopulation problem, and is a testament to a spirit of cooperation among animal welfare agencies inDallas,” said Elaine Munch, Metroplex Animal Coalition President. “In fact, the communities seeing the biggest success with spay/neuter programs are those in which several agencies partnered to do more together than they could do separately.”
The first year of the “Big Fix for Big D” initiative will be funded by the Companion Animal Funders Coalition, which includes the City of Dallas, The Dallas Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, PetSmart Charities®, The Rees-Jones Foundation and the Summerlee Foundation.
The first phase of the Big Fix for Big D initiative will focus on owned dogs and cats and feral/free-roaming cats in City of Dallas neighborhoods located south of I-30. The 18 zip codes include: 75203, 75207, 75208, 75210, 75211, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75223, 75224, 75227, 75232, 75233, 75236, 75237, 75241, 75249, and 75253.
Pet owners who reside in these zip codes can find more information on www.BigFixforBigD.com or by calling one of the agencies who will be performing the procedures: DAS (214-670-6800 – for informational calls only, no appointments taken on this line), KCAAP (972-472-3500), MAC (972-498-8800) and SPCA of Texas (214-742-SPCA). Residents will need to provide proof of residency at the time of surgery. The $20 surgeries, vaccinations and registration will be available starting June 7.
The target zip codes for the first phase of the program were chosen because:
- The greatest number of animal-related 311 calls originates in these zip codes. Incoming complaints are categorized as (1) loose/stray animal; (2) aggressive/dangerous animal; (3) sick or injured animal; or (4) pick up unwanted animal.
- These zip codes include the top 10 originating zip codes for DAS intake.
- A survey of pet owners funded by the Summerlee Foundation identified the Southwest region of the city as home to the greatest portion (36%) of respondents who were least likely to spay/neuter their pets.
“We are excited to see the positive effect this will have on our community and the animals that are suffering,” said Bonnie Hill, KCAAP President. “Once we implement the first phase in these 18 high-need zip codes, we will reevaluate and determine the next areas to grow the program. In three years, it’s realistic that we could significantly reduce euthanasia rates at Dallas Animal Services by increasing spay and neuter surgeries. This new program can be the solution to a problem that has been looming over the animal welfare community for years.”
“The City of Dallas is proud to be a partner in the Big Fix for Big D project,” said Jody Jones, DAS Division Manager. “As part of our commitment to saving lives, our focus must be on creating a more humane community for the animals where pets are sterilized and provided the appropriate level of care. The Big Fix for Big D will give citizens access to resources, thereby improving the quality of life for the animals and people of our community.”
Targeting specific zip codes during specific timeframes will allow for better tracking of each phase of the program. The partner agencies estimate that that 75 percent of dogs and cats in the 18 zip codes are not sterilized. The participating animal welfare groups will be working to sterilize both owned pets and feral and free roaming cats.
For more information on how to take part in the “Big Fix for Big D,” visit www.BigFixforBigD.com.
About Big Fix for Big D
The Big Fix for Big D initiative is a multi-year effort of four community partners to spay or neuter tens of thousands of pets inDallasto significantly diminish numbers of unwanted litters, with the ultimate goal of reducing animal euthanasias at Dallas Animal Services. Through the Big Fix for Big D initiative, the City ofDallas Animal Servicesand Adoption Center (DAS), Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project (KCAAP), Metroplex Animal Coalition (MAC) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas (SPCA of Texas), will offer spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and registration for only $20.
The Companion Animal Funders Coalition has committed $1.3 million to fund the first year of the Big Fix for Big D initiative. Members include the City ofDallas, The Dallas Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, PetSmart Charities®, the Summerlee Foundation and The Rees-Jones Foundation.
Launching in June 2012, the Big Fix for Big D project in its first year will target owned dogs and cats and feral/free roaming cats in 18 Dallaszip codes located south of I-30. The goal is to decrease animal intakes at Dallas Animal Services and AdoptionCenterby 30% after three years. For more information, visit www.BigFixforBigD.com.