Friday, June 12, 2009
Billed as a date night for people and their pooches, the event benefits Animal Guardians of America. The evening under the stars begins at 7:30 p.m. with games, activities and contests for children. The film will be shown at dusk on a 16’ outdoor screen on the lawn adjacent to Hawaiian Falls. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
“This is a special opportunity to have a night out on the town and watch a movie on the big screen with your four-legged best friend by your side,” said Annette Lambert, president of Animal Guardians, a nonprofit organization that cares for homeless and abandoned dogs. “For those who might be thinking of adding a new canine friend to their family, we’ll have several of our most adorable, adoptable dogs at the event.”
“Hotel for Dogs” is a heart-warming movie about children who take in stray dogs in an old, abandoned hotel. While the movie has a happy, “Hollywood” ending for the homeless dogs, Lambert said the reality for strays in the Metroplex is not always so pleasant.
“While we want everyone to come out and enjoy the movie and the entertainment, it’s important that we realize that much still needs to be done for our homeless animals,” said Lambert. “Our local animal shelters are operating at full capacity. Sadly, over 100,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in Dallas-Fort Worth every year. It will take all of us working together to change these sad statistics.”
Admission to Doggie Date night is just $7 per person or $25 for four people; dogs get in free. Reservations are requested, but tickets may be purchased at the door. All proceeds benefit Animal Guardians of America. To make reservations, call 214-207-0045 or email email@example.com.
Hawaiian Falls Waterpark is located at 4400 Paige Road in The Colony at the corner of Highway 121 and Plano Parkway. For more information, visit www.AnimalGuardians.com.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Adoption hours will be as follows:
Sunday: 12 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Hopefully, the new hours will increase adoptions. Visit the shelter to find your new best friend!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The volunteers learned of the dog owner, R.J. Whitmill, following an incident last week in which five of his 11 dogs jumped the fence and bit a woman. According to Whitmill, the woman was trying to open his locked gate at 6 a.m. Friday morning and enter his yard. The Rhodesian ridgeback-heeler mix dogs inside the fenced yard became agitated when the woman grabbed a wooden board and started waving it around. The dogs were able to scale the fence and bit the woman and Whitmill, who intervened. The five dogs involved in the incident were surrendered by Whitmill to Dallas Animal Services and will likely be euthanized.
Whitmill was cited by Dallas Animal Services for having his dogs tethered and not spayed or neutered, vaccinated for rabies and registered with the City. The Dallas City Council passed ordinances last June prohibiting dogs from being tethered and requiring that they be spayed or neutered if the owner does not have an Intact Animal Permit. Vaccinating companion animals against rabies is a state law.
The Metroplex Animal Coalition has arranged for local animal groups to take four of Whitmill’s remaining six dogs, including one pregnant dog. Saturday the volunteers plan to vaccinate, worm, treat for fleas and ticks, test for heartworms and bathe all of the dogs and make repairs to the fence so that those that remain will not be tethered. MAC will pay for the six dogs to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated for rabies through its free program for low-income pet owners.
Local groups that will be taking four of the dogs to find new homes for them are Flower Mound Humane Society, Paws in the City and Riff’s Friends Dog Rescue. The Metroplex Animal Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose 50-plus member groups work together in a spirit of cooperation to save as many cat and dog lives as possible. Since 2003, MAC has provided more than 11,000 free spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats belonging to low-income pet owners.
By Jonnie England
Metroplex Animal Coalition
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
You may have read the news report or seen the story on TV - 5 dogs belonging to Mr. Whitmill bit a woman Friday morning in East Oak Cliff. Those 5 dogs were impounded by Dallas Animal Services and are awaiting a Dangerous Dog hearing. He still has 6 dogs—4adults (including one who’s very pregnant) and 2 five-month-old pups. On Sunday afternoon I went to visit Mr. Whitmill and the remaining dogs. These are dogs in danger—NOT dangerous dogs.
About the dogs: First, they are NOT pit bulls or pit mixes. They are Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Heeler mixes. They are not emaciated, but are underweight and have patchy hair loss. Four dogs are chained; all have houses. There were lots of food bowls around and a trough filled with water.
Mr. Whitmill is a76-year-old widower living in a little house that’s badly in need of repair. He’s a very devout man of faith. When I told him we wanted to help him and his dogs, he said that God sent me to him. Does he care for hisdogs the way we care for ours or the way we want people to take care ofthem? No. But he does love them and is caring for them the best way he can. He’s not looking for handouts but doesn’t want his dogs to die. My heart went out to him.
About the situation: As usual, there’s a lot more to the story. Of course, I only got his side, but he told me that the woman who was bitten has stolen from him repeatedly, even though he’s given her money and even bailed her out of jail in the past. A friend who stayed at his house Thursday night saw the woman outside at 6 a.m. Friday morning. Even though Mr. Whitmill has “No Trespassing” and “Beware of Dogs” signs posted, and his gate was closed, chained and padlocked, the woman tried to enter his yard. She removed a board used to secure the gate and started waving it around, agitating the dogs inside the fenced front yard. Mr. Whitmill’s friend told her to leave, but the woman persisted, until the dogs—worked into a frenzy by her swinging the board—lunged at the fence and scaled it. Mr. Whitmill tried to get them off her and received several bites himself—not “scratches” as some reports said.
I’ve been thinking of how to best help these dogs and talked at length today. There are several issues: (1) The 6 dogs still at the house that must be S/N, vaccinated, taken off tethers and registered; (2) The very pregnant dog currently in the yard; (3) The 5 dogs that were impounded; (4) The fines and fees resulting from the citations that were or will be issued.
Mr. Whitmill has no money to pay fines or citations. He said DAS told him that it would cost $300 each to get his 5 impounded dogs back. Paying that is not a possibility for him. MAC can take care of the spaying/neutering (except for the very pregnant dog) and the rabies vaccinations. We can even pay the City registration. But that still leaves the fines.
Mr. Whitmill hopes that groups will come forward and take his dogs—all 11 of them, if the 5 in custody are released and not ordered destroyed.
I really believe that Mr. Whitmill is a good, decent, hard-working man—notone of those “irresponsible” pet owners that we see all too often. He’s old and poor and doing the best he can, and is caught in a situation that’stragic all around.
If you know of a group that could help with 1 or 2 of these dogs, or know someone who might be interested in adopting if we can find a group to take them, please email me at mailto:jonnieengland%40earthlink.net. Maybe together we can save these dogs.
Director of Animal Advocacy and Communications
Metroplex Animal Coalitionhttp://www.metroplexanimalcoalition.org/
Stop Animal Cruelty...For Mercy's Sake.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
The location is amazing this year: Parking Lot E, directly across from the Ballpark! More than two dozen shelters, rescue groups and vendors have signed up so far. If your group hasn't yet, there's still time!
To sign up your group, go to www.sheltercoalition.com. If you have any questions, please contact:
P.O. Box 1209
Alvarado, TX 76009
Please join the TASC Tailgate '09 Pet Adoptathon and help make it one of THE adoption events of the year!
Photos by Jonnie England
Saturday, May 02, 2009
The animals that participated included 62 dogs (62% female, 38% male) and 38 cats (53% female and 47% male). There was a mixture of purebred animals and mixed breeds.
Thank you to everyone who worked or donated to make this event possible: MAC member organizations, almost 60 volunteers, and our sponsors:
DFW Spay Day 2009 was dedicated to the Pleasant Groves dogs who lost their lives to cruelty, Sunday, April 5, 2009.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
They are having a very special event for Metroplex animal lovers this Thursday, May 7th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. “An Evening with Madeleine Pickens” will be a fun and informative discussion regarding the state of animal welfare and advocacy in Texas. Mrs. Pickens, a famous horse breeder and lifelong animal advocate, and her husband, T. Boone Pickens, have been a driving force against horse slaughter in the United States, and were instrumental in the rescue of over 800 animals during Hurricane Katrina.
If you are interested in the welfare of animals in our community and wish to help protect those who cannot protect themselves, please join THLN as they celebrate our mutual passion for improving animal’s lives by “giving a voice to those who have no voice” at this exciting event.
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: The Plaza, 3535 Gillespie, Dallas, Texas
Hors d’oeuvres * Wine * S. Pellegrino
Monday, April 27, 2009
For more information and to see if you are eligible for free dog food, please go to http://www.dogswell.com/index.php?id=148. DOGSWELL does not have corn, wheat, or added hormones in in its food.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
These are stressful times, and we could all use something to help us relax a little. If you have high blood pressure or are feeling stressed, adopt a pet! Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that people with hypertension who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did those who did not own a pet. Other studies have shown that the impact of a stressful situation is less on pet owners, especially men, than on those who don’t own a pet. So in addition to providing unconditional love, devotion and companionship, our dogs and cats can help us live healthier, happier and maybe longer lives.
By Jonnie England
Metroplex Animal Coalition
Sunday, April 12, 2009
A Candlelight Vigil in memory of the two dogs who were set on fire in southeast Dallas last weekend will take place Tuesday, April 14, from 8 to 9 p.m. at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. Animal Connection of Texas (ACT), Metroplex Animal Coalition(MAC), and Texas Animal Defense Coalition(TADC) are sponsoring the vigil.
Speakers include Susan Oakey with ACT, Jonnie England with MAC, and Kent Robertson with Dallas Animal Services (DAS). Candles will be provided, and participants are invited to bring their dogs. Animal Guardians of America will have adoptable pit bulls on site.
Saturday, April 4, residents in Pleasant Grove called 911 to report two “fireballs” running down the street. Dallas police responded and found two badly burned pit bull terriers — a male and a female. Dallas Animal Services was called to rescue the dogs, which had to euthanized the next day. Two teenaged boys have been identified as suspects, and Dallas police are investigating the case. Seven other dogs belonging to the same family are in protective custody at DAS. A Dallas municipal judge will decide April 15 whether they will be returned to the owners.
The two burned dogs have been named Hope and Justice by organizers of the Candlelight Vigil.
By Jonnie England
Metroplex Animal Coalition
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
When a beloved pet is missing, getting the news out is critical. In addition to hanging up flyers and canvassing the neighborhood, you can post the information on PegasusNews.com at http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/in/news/missing/. Found pets can be posted as well. The posts have information about the pet that will help with identification and the location where the pet was last seen or found. Photos and any reward information can be included.
Photo courtesy of missingpetpartnership.org.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
More than 20 cats were recovered from a Plano motel room Monday after authorities learned the room’s occupant had been jailed.
Ronald L. Teague, who was indicted by the Dallas County Grand Jury earlier this month on a charge of felony cruelty to animals, was arrested Sunday after being questioned by Plano Police in an unrelated incident.
Monday morning Plano Animal Services recovered 21 cats and kittens from his room at the Motel 6 on Hwy. 75 at Park, where Teague had been living for some time.
“As you might expect, the stench was terrible,” said Jonnie England, Director of Animal Advocacy with the Metroplex Animal Coalition. “Litter boxes lined the walls, and there were plates of food all over the floor. Many of the cats appeared to be in fairly good condition, but several had obvious signs of illness. Three cats, including the mother of four young kittens, were confined to the small bathroom. One cat has a severe mouth infection, at least one has ringworm, and another was thin and had hair loss.”
Six of the cats had been taken by Teague from other individuals, said England, and those were returned to their owners. The remaining 15 cats were taken to Plano Animal Services for evaluation.
The felony cruelty indictment stems from a July 2007 charge in which approximately 60 live and 25 dead animals were found in deplorable conditions inside his East Dallas home. The day before the animals were discovered, Teague had been arrested following an hour-long, high-speed car chase from Dallas to McKinney. When finally stopped by police, Teague had a dead cat inside a carrier in his car and said he was taking it to a veterinarian.
It’s expected that Teague will be transferred within a few days to the Lew Sterrett jail in Dallas to await trial on the felony cruelty charge.
Story and photos by Jonnie England
Metroplex Animal Coalition
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
New Beginnings Cat Rescue will be holding an off-site adoption event this Saturday at the Northpark location of Lush Cosmetics.
(1st level near Macy's)
Saturday, April 4th, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
While homeless animals have been sold to research facilities for experimental testing, Lush Cosmetics is an animal-friendly business. They do no animal testing and will not buy ingredients from companies that do.
In addition to the opportunity to provide cats with a permanent and loving home, visitors to the adoption event can get one-on-one skin and hair care consultations and hand treatments. Product demonstrations and samples will be available. People who adopt a cat at this event will receive a free gift courtesy of Lush Cosmetics and guests will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for free Lush products. No purchase is necessary.
To learn more about Lush Cosmetics please visit www.lushusa.com.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The DFW Wildlife Coalition is welcoming spring by kicking off a campaign designed to raise much-needed funds for the nonprofit organization, create awareness of wildlife issues, and help all of us clear out accumulated clutter.
With the message “Clean Out Your Nest so We Can Feather Theirs,” the DFW Wildlife Coalition is asking area residents and businesses to search their homes, garages, outside storage units, offices and warehouses for any unwanted or unused items that can be resold on eBay. They’ve made it as simple and easy as possible by contracting with EasySale to pick up items directly from donors and handle the sale. Donors will be given a tax receipt from DFW Wildlife Coalition.
“With the current economic climate, we are all looking for ways to save money,” said Prudi Martin-Koeninger, president of the DFW Wildlife Coalition. “Each of us has items that we no longer use that can benefit our organization's educational development needs.”
Prudi says that, through the Coalition’s hotline, its volunteers educate the public daily on “humane solutions for urban wildlife conflicts.” They also explain the choices available that can save homeowners and businesses valuable dollars while humanely evicting or coexisting with wildlife.
Among the “hot sellers” on eBay these days are everyday household items, including dinnerware, crystal and china, cameras, video games, sporting equipment, bicycles, cars, boats, collectibles, sports memorabilia, musical instruments, lamps, clocks, auto and motorcycle parts, designer clothing and ladies handbags.
Business items that sell well include office furniture, medical equipment, phone systems, older but working laptops, flat screen monitors, discontinued stock, tools, vending machines and even specialized items like floor buffers and pallet jacks.
The campaign begins the first day of Spring, Friday, March 20, and runs through April 6. To donate gently used items and help wildlife efforts throughout North Texas, call 817-640-EASY (3279) or go to www.easysaleinc.com, click on the “Donate” icon, and then click on the DFW Wildlife Coalition icon. EasySale will schedule a convenient time to pickup the items.
Proceeds from the “Clean Out Your Nest so We Can Feather Theirs” campaign will directly benefit the Coalition’s WildSpeak! youth programs that provide necessary education about coexisting with native Texas wildlife.
For more information about the DFW Wildlife Coalition or to view helpful hints for handling specific wildlife issues and concerns, call 972-234-WILD (9453) or visit www.dfwwildlife.org.
- By Jonnie England
Metroplex Animal Coalition
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Last summer the Dallas City Council passed new ordinances to improve the quality of life for animals, including Sec. 7-7.6, which makes it illegal to sell, exchange, raffle, auction or give away—or offer to sell, exchange, raffle or give away—any live animal as “a prize; an inducement to enter a place of amusement or a business establishment; or an inducement to participate in a charitable fund-raising event.”
Here’s what happens at so many charity events that have auctioned animals in the past: You’re at an event, feeling generous, supporting a cause you care about—maybe enjoying a drink or two. Suddenly you see the cutest puppy EVER! Caught up in the emotion and cheered on by your friends, you make the high bid—after all, it’s for a good cause. You get home, reality sets in, and you have a living, breathing puppy to care for. What were you thinking??
The reasoning for the new ordinance is simple and makes perfect sense to animal-welfare organizations: Adopting a puppy or kitten should be a thoughtful, deliberate decision—not one that’s made at the spur of the moment or as an emotional response. It’s a lifetime commitment that requires a great deal of time and financial resources.
While some nonprofits and schools may be upset to learn of this new law, it’s a good thing for the animals!
For more information about all the ordinances concerning animals in Dallas (tethering, intact animals, dogs in pickup truck beds, pet limits and more), go to http://www.dallascityhall.com/.
Metroplex Animal Coalition
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
There’s no way to ensure that your dog will never bite, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk. Jonnie England, Metroplex Animal Coalition Director of Animal Advocacy's recent column for Oak Cliff Online tells how. Just follow this LINK.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thank you to those who responded to our original Action Alert to oppose this bill. Your calls, letters and emails have been duly noted by the members of the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee and are having a BIG impact. Now's the chance to put the final nail in this bill's coffin!!
Under current law when law enforcement officers seize cruelly treated animals the trial to determine whether or not the owner will be divested of ownership is held within 10 days in a Municipal or Justice of the Peace Court and the decision of that court is final and not appealable. HB 1046 will change that and allow the owner to appeal the Municipal or Justice Court's decision and get an entirely new trial.
Action NeededPlease contact or re-contact the members of the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee and ask them to oppose HB 1046. Also, if possible, please come to Austin to sign in as opposing this bill. You will not be asked to testify, all you have to do is sign a card and turn it in to the clerk.
HB 1046 will make the seizure and disposition of cruelly treated animals by law enforcement officers much more difficult and much more expensive.
- If this bill passes, many small towns and lesser populated counties (where starving horses and puppy mills most often are) will not have the resources to pursue these types of cases.
- Allowing appeals will cause additional expense to the cities and counties to keep and care for the animals during the appeal process which could last for months.
- During this time, the seized animals (which often total in the hundreds and are almost always malnourished and sick) will suffer longer and cannot be adopted or, when necessary, be euthanized.
- Taxpayers should not have to pay the expense of keeping cruelly treated animals.
Contact the members of the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee at these adresses:
Representatives Email 512 Phone/Fax
Todd Hunter (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org/463-2101
Bryan Hughes (Vice-Chair) email@example.com 463-0271/463-1515
Roberto Alonzo firstname.lastname@example.org 463-0408/463-1817
Dan Branch email@example.com 463-0367/322-9935
Will Hartnett firstname.lastname@example.org 463-0576/463-7827
Jim Jackson email@example.com 463-0468/463-1044
David Leibowit firstname.lastname@example.org 463-0269/320-0555
Tryon Lewis email@example.com 463-0546/463-8067
Jerry Madden firstname.lastname@example.org 463-0544/463-9974
Armando "Mando" Martinez email@example.com 463-0530/463-0849
Beverly Woolley firstname.lastname@example.org 463-0696/463-9333
Please call, write/FAX or email each of them to oppose the bill
Saturday, March 07, 2009
The Humane Society of North Texas, a MAC Member Group, recently removed a 250 pound full-grown adult Bengal tiger from a home in Hamilton County after officer's determined his cage was filthy and inadequate, he was not registered as is required by law, and he appeared malnourished. The big cat, named Hamilton, was understandably frightened when he first arrived at the shelter, and was only about half the weight he should be. But now with good meals- a whopping 10-15 pounds of fresh meat a day – things are looking up and Hamilton is beginning to feel at home. The Humane Society of North Texas is actively pursuing a quality sanctuary for permanent placement. To find out more about Hamilton’s story and see more fabulous pictures of this gorgeous big cat, visit HSNT at www.hsnt.org.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Last week the Fort Worth Star Telegram ran an excellent article about the effect the economy is having on pets and the rescue groups and shelters that try to save them. Find out how three MAC Member Groups are coping – Operation Kindness, Legacy Boxer Rescue & the Humane Society of North Texas, get tips for keeping your pet-related costs down, and find out about fostering or adopting an abandoned pet at http://www.star-telegram.com/living/story/1222898.html
Monday, March 02, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
In the procedure, which takes less than 5 minutes, a microchip the size of a grain of rice is inserted just under the skin between the animal's shoulder blades. The small chip is engraved with an exclusive ID number that identifies the animal when a special scanner is used. The chip also includes a toll-free phone number to call, and operators are on hand 24 hours a day to contact the pet's owner.
Dallas Animal Services & Adoption Center is located at 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of downtown Dallas. For more information, call 214-670-8246 or 214-671-0249, or visit www.DallasAnimalServices.com.