City of Dallas launches new foster program for first responders

City of Dallas launches new foster program for first responders

The City of Dallas and the DAWG Project are teaming up for a new program that recruits foster families as “first responders” for pets in need. From 1:30 to 2:30 Thursday afternoon, Dallas police officers will help launch the new program by selecting a dog to foster at Dallas Animal Services (DAS).

“Fostering a dog saves more than one pet’s life,” said Assistant Police Chief Paul Stokes, who has signed up to foster a dog. “Fostering a pet in a temporary home makes more space available at shelters for other dogs to find permanent homes. Often, families fall in love and end up keeping the foster animal permanently.”  Fosters can apply to be a short or long term. Once a foster is approved, training is provided along with supplies that include crates and leashes.

DAS staff and Dallas police will be at the Westmoreland Road shelter to discuss the foster program and how it helps pets in the community. To learn more about the foster pet program, visit www.dallaspets.org.

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