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DCAP Announces New Pets For Life Program Grant

2014-05-22 21.38.15Dallas Companion Animal Project (DCAP) is proud to announce that it has once again been awarded a Pets for Life mentorship grant to provide pet care services, resources, and information to residents in South Dallas. The program is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and PetSmart Charities®.  This is the 2nd consecutive year DCAP has been award this prestigious grant.

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Beds for Buddies Campaign Kicks Off

Beds for Buddies FinalRevisedDallas Companion Animal Project “DCAP” today kicked off a campaign to help purchase beds for Dallas Animal Services (DAS) shelter dogs and asks for your help raise money for 100 Kuranda beds.  The dogs at the shelter would love a soft bed to sleep on while they wait for their forever homes. Studies show that dogs need at least 12-14 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period. Sleep deprivation occurs when dogs do not feel safe enough such as being in a shelter environment. Therefore, the dog may be unable to put its best paw forward when it meets potential forever families and rescue groups. Help us increase the live adoption rate at DAS by making sure the dogs there get their “beauty rest”!

Kuranda is offering DCAP a special discount if the beds are ordered directly from the Kuranda website. In turn, Kuranda will provide a tax-deductible receipt for your gift.

These beds are the gold standard for dog bedding in shelters as they not only provide off-the-floor comfort but are vet recommended to help prevent joint-related difficulties such as hip and elbow dysplasia and eliminate ugly elbow calluses. It is beneficial for arthritic, geriatric and special needs pets. These beds are the number one choice of shelters and rescues because they are sturdy, comfortable, chew proof and can be sanitized.

Donations for “Beds for Buddies” can be made via credit card at

Click on the flyer above for more information.  Thank you for your support of DCAP and DAS!

DCAP Launches Lost Pet Network

The Dallas Companion Animal Project today announced the launch of the DCAP Lost Pet Network, an online website providing a wealth of information to help lost pet owners and pet finders.

According to Home Again, 1 in 3 pets will become lost sometime during their lifetime, and without ID 90% of those pets will never be reunited with their owners.  All pets are individuals. Research has shown that to be successful in finding your lost pet, or reuniting a found pet, it is critical to employ techniques that are both species-specific, and behavior-specific, and you need to  take into consideration why he left, his temperament (or personality), the circumstances surrounding his loss, and the human factor.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, many more lost pets could be reunited with owners given the right tools and support.  The DCAP Lost Pet Network provides you with the resources, tools, and support you need, online and available 24/7.

To access the Lost Pet Network, visit and look for Lost Pet Network.



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DCAP launches interactive Adoption and Spay/Neuter Map

The Dallas Companion Animal Project today launched a revolutionary, interactive, online map designed to make it faster and easier for Dallas area pet owners to adopt a new pet, or provide quality veterinary care for existing pets.

The DCAP Resource Map, accessible  24/7 from the DCAP website, features locations, information and directions for all DCAP Partnering animal shelters and adoption venues, as well as low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary clinics.

To access the map, visit and look for DCAP Resource Map.


Support Community Outreach with DCAP and Show You Care About Pets + People

Join the the international day of giving known as Giving Tuesday and support DCAP’s programs for pets and the people who love them! You can be part of the celebration by giving back to the community with a donation or by volunteering your time on Giving Tuesday  December 2nd, 2014.

Donate!  It’s easy using our special #GivingTuesday  link.  A portion of all donations made on Giving Tuesday will benefit Dallas Animal Services.

Volunteer! You can apply online here.

Click HERE to download the PETS + PEOPLE graphic and take an UNSelfie with your pet.  Then post your UNSelfie on social media and tell your friends how you helped support pets and the people who love them through DCAP’s Community Outreach programs.

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Dallas PETS (Pet Emergency Transition Services) Fund Established

In response to the outpouring of support from around the world for Bentley, Ebola patient Nina Pham’s dog, the City of Dallas has partnered with Dallas Companion Animal Project to establish a fund. The donations will help Bentley and other pets in similar emergency situations in the future. 

The Dallas Pet Emergency Transition Services (PETS) fund will help defray costs associated with pets displaced or affected by emergency events, such as natural disasters or possible future Ebola cases.

 To donate to the fund, visit and click on “Donate.” Choose the Dallas PETS fund.

Dallas Companion Animal Project is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to strengthening the connection between people and animals.

More Than 2,000 Pets Find Homes in One Day

10623990_690606511008622_6738534371865409237_oMore than thirty North Texas animal shelters participating in Empty The Shelter Day this past Saturday, August 16th.  The final numbers are in and 2,256 dogs and cats found new homes that day as part of the promotion.

Thirty nine DCAP volunteers played a critical role, helping find homes for 149 pets at Dallas Animal Services & Adoption Center.

The event was sponsored by NBD5 and the ASPCA.  For  more information, visit the media links below to see their coverage of the event.


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Be a Hero to a Pet and Owner in Need

The DCAP Dallas Pets For Life program (PFL) goes directly into low income Dallas neighborhoods with pets in need, offering education and resources to help people better care for their pets.

Our last vaccination outreach clinic was so successful that we couldn’t vaccinate every pet that showed up! So on August 24, we will hold a special event and invite those pet owners we weren’t able to assist to come out and get their pets vaccinated for free.

Here’s how you can help: DCAP needs to pay for 200 pet vaccinations at $21.00 per pet. That comes to $4,200.00. Think of it as volunteering; you volunteer to pay for one vaccination or even part of one – just $5.00 – and you’ve contributed to the well being of your community. You’ve helped a disadvantaged pet owner keep their pet healthy and happy.

You are a hero to a pet and their owner. You are a hero to us!

Donate now via!

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Lost Pet Workshop for Rescuers & Shelter Staff

We’re bringing the nation’s foremost expert on recovering lost pets to town to teach local rescue group volunteers, shelter staff, and lost pet advocates what they need to know to help more people find their pets.  Sponsored by Aidmatrix Foundation, Merck Animal Health, Dallas Animal Services, and DCAP, with support from Philip Walker Coldwell Banker and Feral Friends Community Cat Alliance.

Register online at Pet Recovery (2)