Dallas Animal Services Links

how to find information related to DAS
June 15, 2024
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Animal Shelter
by
Stephanie M. Casey

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, Interested in Reviewing Available Pets

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:

  1. Animal has been adopted
  2. Animal is rescue/foster only
  3. Animal is SAC (suspected animal cruelty, ongoing investigation)
  4. Admin error (if you are fostering and the animal is not live, contact DAS foster dept)
  5. Ransomware haunting or other tech issue (please check again in a few hours)

24PETCONNECT

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...

  1. The slower way : dasadopt@dallas.gov Put Name & ID number in email subject
  2. 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 Animal 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 2023-2024 fiscal year 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.

DAS VOLUNTEER FACEBOOK GROUP (private)

This is the facebook group for active DAS volunteers. You will be verified before approved to join. If you are an active foster, request to join. If you are not added within a few days - please email the volunteer team to be sure they add you! This is the spot to learn about opportunities, ask peer-to-peer questions, share stories, and get reminders about volunteer town halls.

DAS FOSTER DASHBOARD

This is a page on the DAS website which is robust with DAS Foster information, best practices, dog/cat behavior help, and myriad links fosters need to make appointments, get medical help with foster pets, etc.

DAS FOSTER FACEBOOK GROUP (private)

This is the facebook group for active DAS fosters. You will be verified before approved to join. If you are an active foster, request to join. If you are not added within a few days - please email the foster team to be sure they add you! This is the spot to learn about adoption events, find foster sitters, ask for peer help with issues, get reminders about foster town halls, etc!

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 daspio@dallas.gov 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!

FOSTERS!! You may update your foster's online photos yourself, in the backend of Adopets. Bios must be sent to dasbios@dallas.gov

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!

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