Please note this website is not affiliated with or run by Dallas Animal Services. I am an active volunteer and foster with DAS and posting this information as a helpful assist to fellow volunteers, fosters, and the public.
This article is a compilation of valuable links to our animal shelter's various data spots, designed to help readers easily access essential information and contribute to saving lives.
• DAS = Dallas Animal Services
• DLB = Dallas Love Bugs
In this Blog Post Article:
SECTION 1 Animal Status
SECTION 2 Need Help
SECTION 3 Stats & Data
SECTION 4 Volunteering
SECTION 5 Fostering
SECTION 6 Existent Vols/Fosters
🐾 SECTION 1: For the PUBLIC, Regarding An Animal's Status
→ DALLAS ANIMAL SERVICES AVAILABLE PETS
This is the DAS website. All available animals will appear here. There are a few sorting options such as Type of Animal, Location (shelter, foster), Size, and Age. I do not recommend sorting by Size/Age as that information is often not tagged or incorrectly tagged! If you do not see an animal you expect to be there, reasons may include:
- Animal has been adopted
- Animal is rescue/foster only
- Animal is SAC (suspected animal cruelty, ongoing investigation)
- Admin error (if you are fostering and the animal is not live, contact DAS foster dept)
- Ransomware haunting or other tech issue (please check again in a few hours)
Formerly PetHarbor, this website which sometimes has further information on a pet's status. If you have the animal's ID, for example, #A1234567 you may search that way.
→ CONTACT DAS ABOUT AN ANIMAL
The above link jumps to the DAS Contact Page. If you are inquiring about an animal in a timely manner...
- The slower way : firstname.lastname@example.org Put Name & ID number in email subject
- The faster way : Visit the shelter
→ ADOPTING FROM OUT OF STATE / CITY
This is the DLB article with information, as approved by DAS MGMT as the current process Summer 2023.
🐾 SECTION 2: For the PUBLIC, Looking for Help With An Animal
→ FOUND AN ANIMAL
→ LOST AN ANIMAL
→ NEED PET SUPPLIES OR CARE SUPPORT
These are links to pages on the DAS Website. Please click all over the site, as needed, for further support. There are also many resources outside the shelter to get help with your pet, a stray, or wild animal.
🐾 SECTION 3: For Anyone Looking For Stats and Data
→ DAS DAILY REPORT CARD
This is published every morning with the previous day's statistics.
→ DAS URGENT PAGE
These are "pre-lab" animals which means they have been approved for euthanasia ("EU"). EU decisions are made daily according to intake VS outcomes VS available kennel space.
→ DAS OPEN DATA
This is the public database with coded information about the animals. It updates overnight so same-day data is not available here. I do not recommend getting into this database unless you are familiar with DAS operations, coding, and pathways. The other spots listed above will be much easier to understand. NOTE: There is a period in the fall, each year, when the fiscal data year rolls over and this database is not updating for weeks or longer. We just have to wait until the new data set is online!
🐾 SECTION 4: For Those Interested in Volunteering
→ DAS VOLUNTEER INFO & REGISTRATION
This is the Dallas Animal Services website page with information and instructions on volunteering. You will register then go through orientation and training.
→ COMPASSION FATIGUE
This is the DLB article explaining what Compassion Fatigue is, how to best avoid it, and how to know when it has hit.
→ HOW TO FIND JOY WHEN VOLUNTEERING WITH RESCUE ANIMALS
This is a DLB article with suggestions on how to balance the emotional toll alongside the valuable work of volunteering with rescue animals.
🐾 SECTION 5: For Those Interested in Fostering
→ DLB EXPANDED FOSTER INFO
This is the DLB article with all DAS links and steps to get started. This article also includes additional information about slow, controlled introductions when bringing a new animal home. Following recommended protocols will best set up the new animals, resident animals, and resident people for success.
→ DAS FOSTER WEBSITE PAGE
This is the Foster Info page on the DAS website - there is also a link to this in the above DLB-expanded version!
→ DAS FOSTER TRELLO BOARD
This is a public Trello board which lists some foster opportunities for specific animals. Sometimes it is kept more updated than other times but is a good starter spot. Here you can find The DAS Foster Handbook, see Ticket To Ride Transport dogs, Foster Sitting needs, and more.
→ DAS FOSTER APPOINTMENT
This is the link for a foster inquiry. You will need to register as a foster, first, at the top link in this section.
🐾 SECTION 6: For Existent Fosters and Volunteers
→ VOLUNTEER BEHAVIOR OBSERVATIONS
This is where to add notes about a dog or cat you interacted with, at the shelter.
→ SEND DAS MEDIA TO PROMOTE A SHELTER ANIMAL OR YOUR FOSTER
This is a Google Drive to send info, photos, and video so DAS can make a post for your foster on social media! You may also email email@example.com with animal name, ID number, details, and photos.
→ TIPS TO PROMOTE YOUR FOSTER
This is a DLB article with tips on how to promote your foster pet so they are more visible and appealing to adopters!
→ DAS PLAYGROUP SPREADSHEET
This is barely updated, lately, but may have some information on it! Check the date, at top of sheet, for relevancy.
Looking for more information? Poke around the Dallas Animal Services website! Google is your friend! Ask in the DAS Foster or Volunteer Facebook Groups (you must be an active foster/volunteer to join these groups)! Thanks for helping rescue animals!