Dallas Animal Services Out of Room, offering free adoptions – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Animal Services (DAS) is currently offering free pet adoptions and adoptions as they struggle to house the large number of animals coming in.

DAS is out of medium and large kennels and is in dire need of adopters and foster homes to create space for the hundreds of animals they expect each week.

“It’s a crisis – we have over 375 dogs in our building and we’re running out of space to accommodate the medium and large dogs that are coming in,” said DAS manager Melissa Webber. “As an open-entry shelter, we can’t stop taking in pets. Despite our best efforts and the most creative solutions, we’re out of options. We need the immediate help of the community to avoid heartbreaking decisions tomorrow.”

To prevent the euthanasia of healthy dogs, DAS encourages the community to adopt medium or large dogs today. To speed up this process, DAS has created a new system for new dog foster homes that works both virtually and in person.

To start the virtual process:

  • Complete the online hosting application at www.BeDallas90.org
  • Follow the emailed instructions and complete the virtual orientation (the orientation will prepare potential adopters to care for the dog and show you how to select a dog in need)
  • Schedule a short video conference with the host team to ask questions and finalize documents
  • Allow an hour to pick up your pet from the curb

For those who prefer to see the dogs in person, you can visit DAS during regular business hours and go through a quick process with DAS staff to get your pet home immediately.

“If you are interested in adopting, we encourage you to visit one of our locations in person today rather than applying online,” Webber said. “The online process usually takes a few days and at the moment every minute counts.”

Currently, all DAS pets are free to adopt and are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Adoption includes a voucher for a free veterinary visit.

DAS offers daily in-person adoptions at its main shelter at 1818 N. Westmoreland Road and at its PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center at 16821 Coit Road.

Dallas Animal Services hours of operation are Monday through Friday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Richard F. Gandhi