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Causes: Animals

Mission: Mission Statement To develop a successful adoption program for the abused, neglected, abandoned, or unwanted animals within the city of Denison, Texas. To eliminate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals. To develop a network of partners and businesses to fund this endeavor, and to create an organization that oversees animal welfare within the city of Denison. To raise funds to pay for veterinary care and fees associated with animal rescue.

Results: We have turned a 95% kill rate at our animal impound facility into a 98% live outcome rate!

Target demographics: homeless animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1600 homeless cats and dogs

Geographic areas served: Denison, Texas and surrounding region

Programs: The Denison Animal Welfare Group is a collection of volunteers dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of pets in need, education, and access to low-cost spay/neuter / vaccination programs.

Community Stories

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I have adopted 3 older and/or sick dogs from Denison Animal Welfare Group. They took these dogs in when most would not have even considered. They see the potential and worth in each animal they save. Their volunteers are more than dedicated. They are invested in the lives of the animals they come in contact with.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was on a waiting list for a dog. I was called by a volunteer to come in and look at the dog. I left 2 messages that I would be there at approximately five to see the dog. This happened within the same day. When I arrived I was told in a matter of fact manner the dog was adopted out to someone five minutes ago. Needless to say this upset and angered me. I recommend you set up some professional guidelines and possibly a window of time to see the dogs when dealing with people you ask to come in. I’m very disappointed with this group. Unfortunately I will be looking to adopt elsewhere.

Veronica K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAWG is made up of the most amazing group of people I've ever had the privilege to work with in my life. Their dedication to saving the lives of homeless animals literally knows no bounds. If you're looking for a pet, I can't think of a better place to find one. Adopt! Donate! Volunteer!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love keeping up with this group! They are so friendly and helpful! We love their site, and their FB page makes me want to adopt ALL the sweet animals:) After contemplating adopting a small dog, we decided on adopting a cat this past week:) the ladies communicate so quickly and easily on FB messenger and made sure someone would be there when it was convenient for our schedule to come up there to adopt. They are ALL heart for these animals and finding them loving homes! Their passion for this calling overwhelms me in the best way!

hiyajenny

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my terrier mix Yoyo, from DAWG. Everyone was so helpful getting me the perfect dog! Yoyo is best friends with my cats and just lights up any room she walks into! I also volunteer at DAWG, and every volunteer is 100% invested in finding each dog or kitty the best home. The rewards of volunteering and adopting from DAWG are wonderful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our terrier mix, Yoyo, from DAWG. Yoyo actually cried leaving DAWG because she loved her caretakers so much. They told me they spent lots of time playing and socializing with her; and even tested her response to cats, since I have them, too. Yoyo has ended up being a happy, loving member of our family, loved by people and all of our kitties! She is a perfect fit for us.

1 Laura O.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm writing this review on my experiences as a volunteer and an adopter. The process with this group is easy and the volunteers are helpful. They are all so very caring not only about the animals, but for the people that adopt them and the community.

Keely Blythe H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These folks work so hard to save and rehome so many furbabies. Their dedication and love for their animals is unsurpassed.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My sister's very pregnant dog was displaced by fire, and staying with me. DAWG offered to take the pups at 8 weeks, spay and neuter them and adopt them out! And they did! They even spayed "momma." I can't speak highly enough of their team and their work for the community.

Grace J.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here for almost a year now and I love it! Everybody is so kind and helpful. Their passion and love for animals is definitely there. They do anything and everything they can to help these animals!

Heather A.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

DAWG is phenomenal. We are grateful for our two adopted fur-babies. They help my ill son and are a HUGE part of our lives and family. Thank you!!!

1 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I have adopted 3 older and/or sick dogs from Denison Animal Welfare Group. They took these dogs in when most would not have even considered. They see the potential and worth in each animal they save. Their volunteers are more than dedicated. They are invested in the lives of the animals they come in contact with.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow DAWG on Facebook and many of its volunteers. They make me want to adopt ALL their dogs. I helped a friend find her furry companion and it has been a match made in heaven. Wendy went from the saddest dog ever to having a furever home with a momma that adores her.

Brandy B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since the beginning. A Great place, amazing friends, and they definitely have a love for the animals! I have fostered, adopted and loved on so many, and wouldn't have it any other way! Adopt don't shop #DAWG

2 Crystal M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet lab Princess from DAWG. She made herself right at home. It touched my heart how much the volunteers care about the animals they are taking care of! Definitely one of my favorite nonprofits.

1 Robin M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over a year ago, we adopted a wonderful little girl. Maggie brings us so much joy as well as anyone who comes into our home. Thank you Denison Animal Welfare Group!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great people saving animals! We've adopted 2 dogs and a cat from them, they are part of our family! Thank you DAWG for all that you do!

1 Nikole I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 3 babies I've adopted with DAWG! They are a perfect fit. DAWG is an exceptional rescue group! The absolute best and take very good care of their babies.

1 Richauna Williams- M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in Plano, TX. I drove an hour to adopt 2 of my babies. This group has nothing but intentions to save animals and find them good homes. When I am ready for another baby, I will for sure adopt from them. Healthy and happy pups makes us happy.

1 Jennifer M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted both of our fur babies from here. We adopted Thor(all black) first and he is full of personality and we could not have asked for a better kitty. Then at the end of May we moved and since Thor was so use to having other animals around we decided to adopt another kitty. So we adopted Athena (all white). They get along great and are both so full of love and personality. Honestly, the best decision we made. Thank you DAWG for rescuing our babies and helping them. You do so much good for the kitties and the doggies.

Debbi Lamb L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my Nicky aka Nicholas on the day I brought him home and 2 more recent pictures. Stephanie took him to her office so I could pick him.he was very sick when I got him, Stephanie had a hard time letting him go.They all work so hard to care for these furbabys. DAWG is all volunteers and works on donations. It is a wonderful organization. I'm thankful I found them and was able to Adopt my sweet furbaby. Thank you DAWG for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

DAWG is such a great organization. I found my sweet Sadie (AKA Cookie) there and she's perfect! The volunteers work so hard to make sure all these furbabies get their furever homes. They're all healthy, fixed, and chipped before they go home. NONE of these animals are put down.

2 Donna Viers N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our dog Bud (Matthew at the time) back in March. He is a great pup!! Our cat's may not agree since his way of asking to play is to bark, but my family loves him very much. DAWG was wonderful to him and made the adoption an enjoyable process.

2 Jo M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAWGS volunteers help as the staging area for transports from several area shelters . They help go over our paperwork, get the dogs settled in to wait to load on transport, water and clean crates when needed. It’s a huge undertaking that is of major benefit to many area shelters and rescues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I fostered Winston from DAWG (aka Cookie) for 3 mos. because he was petrified of people. He loves dogs and instantly bonded with one of my mom’s dogs. She took him in and adopted him. He is the sweetest boy you’ll ever meet. Thank you DAWG for saving this “scaredy-cat” and giving him a chance.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have volunteered numerous times at the DAWG house and have family in the area. Anytime I can share my time, I choose to do so with them. They put the happiness and welfare of their animals above all else. Their compassion is amazing and I can honestly say that my next dog will come from DAWG.

1 Jeannie Kinsey D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 dogs and 1 cat from DAWG. They staff is always polite and the concern and love for the animals is always very apparent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of having two DAWG dogs chose me for their forever person. The first one is Cher and she picked me in July 2016. I was so impressed by the care and compassion shown for animals that I became a volunteer for DAWG in July of 2017. Seeing it organization more “behind the scene” let me see that the love and compassion you see from a client view is only a mere drop in the bucket.

Buddy Lee picked me in September 2017 and they are both the best.

1 Pa-tricia S.

Donor

Rating: 5

This Organization of wonderful volunteers goes out of there way to save every furbaby that they can! They make great matches with families and furbabies

1 Christina AndJustin T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog max and he is my first dog ever and angela adkins from DAWG and a few others have been tje caring people ive ever met.
They answered all my silly but real questions about hiw to keep/raise a dog and if im ever in need of anytjing they r alway there to point me in the right direction
So i try my best to keep them posted on max cause they deserve to know that he is spoiled rotten and in a loving home and i wouldnt trade him for the world.
I cant thank them enough for encouraging me to adopt cause ive def found a best friend for life.
Thanks everybody for going above and beyond we greatly appreciate it
Sincerely. Christina and justin
MAX

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted through DAWG twice last year. We had an amazing experience both times. The volunteers are so kind with the animals and the new fur parents. We actually live about an hour away so it was a bit of a drive but totally worth it. These guys are doing awesome work!!

1 Desiree B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet Cane (Rambler) on June 9th. He immediately stole our hearts the moment we laid eyes on him in the DAWG trailer. Bruce was so amazing and so patient with me and my kids while we worked to win over Daddy! He even helped calm down our son who was upset that we couldn't take our baby home until he got fixed. Everyone with DAWG is so compassionate and caring with people, but more importantly the animals! They truly love each and every one of them. My husband was in awe by the fact that they immediately recognize dogs that have come back to them from when they were puppies. I recommend anyone looking for a furry family member to check out DAWG! ❤️

1 Laura E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted Myrtle. The process was so easy. They were have a pet adoption drive outside of Petsmart in Sherman, TX. We just happened to be in town from Ardmore, Ok. We went up to their trailer. They told us about the animals, had bios up for each one, and answered any questions. They let us hold Myrtle and told us a little about her. When we decided to adopt, they took us inside petsmart to fill out the paperwork. Along with Myrtles adoption came coupons for Petsmart, het puppy shots, spaying, and a chip. They kept her for a to have her spayed and we were able to pick her up today. The whole process was from start to finish. Myrtle is in great health and we would definitly make the drive again to rescue another beautiful fur baby from them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve adopted from DAWG and I also volunteer regularly. It is a very great cause. I also am currently fostering 5 kittens! It can be hard work but is very rewarding! A++++

3 Stephanie M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great group of volunteers that does amazing things. They put their heart and soul into what they do for the animals and the dedication they show is beyond amazing. Without them I wouldn’t have my Abbey and Mr. Oliver. I can’t imagine a life without them. Thank you Stephanie, Karen, Donna, and all the other selfless volunteers for all you do.

1 Carmen D P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw 'Patches' (now named Koda Bear) & instantly fell in love with her ears! I called, got the info, went online, & adopted her so she would be ours. Picked her up Sunday after shots & surgery & she was scared, hurting, & very skinny. Shed had quite the week! I tried 7 dog foods, messaged DAWG several times with my concerns & EVERYTIME they were very helpful & never made me feel like I was a bother. These volunteers truly love what they do & welcome you with open arms everytime I've dealt with them. I never wanted an inside doggy but this sweet girl is the perfect snuggler & such a fun personality. If DAWG wasnt so nice, I probably wouldnt have adopted her. ♡♡

Brenda Cox R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Denison Animal Welfare group does so much for our community. The animals benefit but their new furever families do as well. The volunteers go beyond expectaions to make sure those sweet cats and dogs and families are all well suited. We are beyond happy with our sweet Lily and look forward to many others having the great adoption experience as we.

2 Katie F.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Our Lola from Dawg, Had a great experience with them. Stephanie worked with us and checked in to make sure we were doing well. Cannot say enough good things about this organization and all the good they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year we adopted a Catahula Hound Pup mix, Barrett, and wow what a blessing. I cannot say enough about DAWG, this puppy was already scheduled, and structured. He has been such a great little buddy. He never had one accident in the house.
Christmas we adopted two little black kittens, Pierre, and Riggs. This has been another incredible blessing they we loved on, and so taken care of...you will not find a better adoption facility! The people are very current on all aspects of pet care as well as behavior. I plan on contributing to this organization one day as they really care about these little beautiful souls! Check this organization out you will be impressed.
Debbi

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group continues to make a huge difference for the animals in Denison, Tx. Changing a euthanasia rate of over 80% into a SAVE rate of over 90% in such a short time far exceeds what anyone could have imagined. With no paid staff, this group of volunteers is special. They have a goal of a new shelter facility and I've no doubt they will achieve that goal in the near future and it is the animals and citizens of Denison who will benefit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so impressed by this group of volunteers and what they've accomplished in less than a year. Because of their efforts hundreds of dogs that would have been euthanized by the city pound have been adopted. These volunteers are tireless and continuously network for the benefit of these animals. They have weekly adoption events. They’ve been able to establish partnerships with Walmart for a high-profile location, with Petsmart for foster dog adoption events, with the Purina Pro Plan to Rescue Rally program, with Kuranda beds and AmazonSmile. They are actively campaigning for a mobile adoption trailer and are almost half-way to their goal. Anyone who can donate to their cause will know the donation will be put to good use.