$13+ million grant to fund spay/neuter in Dallas
A private coalition will provide approximately 46,000 free surgeries for dogs per year for the next three years, with the goal of dramatically reducing the birth rate of dogs and reducing the number of loose dogs in southern Dallas.
Communities Foundation of Texas awarded a grant of $3 million over 18 months from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation; The Rees-Jones Foundation has awarded $10 million over the next three years to support the initiative and The Dallas Foundation has awarded $450,000 over the next 12 months from several funds it manages.
“The one thing that everyone seems to agree on is that spay/neuter is the key to solving our loose dog problem for the long term. Success will require everyone in the community to participate,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “With private support and the ongoing backing of the public, the spay/neuter initiative will help make southern Dallas a safer, stronger community for everyone.”
In addition to providing free surgeries, the agencies also plan to expand community outreach programs, including free animal vaccinations, pet wellness exams and resources to educate residents on responsible pet ownership.