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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.

Target demographics: homeless animals

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

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Jeannie Kinsey D.

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.

Stacy Lynn R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i not only got one but two awessome dogs from DAWG, they were fantastic to work with as well as sent reminders when appointments were due. I'd reccommend anyone looking for a pet to look here to find a wonderful.companion

Grace Amber Villarreal T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DAWG is such an awesome organization. When my Maggie had her puppies 9 of them they help us get them adopted. Not only did they spay and neuter the puppies they also did Maggie Mae and her sister Ruby Tuesday. I'm so happy our fur babies got taken care of so well and the puppies got adopted to wonderful homes!

Stephanie251

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers that are the heart of this group are nothing less than miracle workers. I am amazed every day at the volume of effort and work put forth to save lives. They let no stone go unturned to save a life. DAWG Volunteers ROCK!

Val S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a dog from the streets of San Antonio that needed to find a forever home, she was a Dachshund mix and very very sweet. They agreed to take her and add her to the group that was going out of state for adoptions into northern homes. I transported several dogs up to them that evening, arriving after hours. I was met and helped unloading the dogs. I was very concerned about my Yeti dog being traumatized and the coordinator assured me that she would look after Yeti to assure she was okay. She followed up the next day and later days with pictures of Yeti's progress. Great to work with a group that kept the welfare of the animals as the primary goal. Thank you so much.

Diane L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an out of state adopter, Denison Animal Welfare Group was Intrumental in helping arrange foster care , vetting , and transportation for a dog I was wanting to adopt through their program. They did an amazing job communicating all my dogs needs and behaviors to me by connecting me to my foster. I felt totally prepared to receive my dog. The paperwork I also received was very informational about my dog. I am extremely pleased they went the extra mile to help connect me with the dog I wanted and walk me the process so easily. I want everyone to know Denison has more to offer not just to the local community but also to anyone seeking a furry companion and is willing to go that extra mile to make it happen..

Board Member

Rating: 5

DAWG continues to make a significant impact on the lives of unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats in Denison, Texas. 100% volunteer staffed with zero paid employees, more than 1,200 animals were rescued and adopted in the past year after being spayed/neutered, and vaccinated. DAWG is a very productive group with major goals including a new shelter within 5 years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In just over two years, DAWG has reduced the euthanasia rate in the Denison pound from more than 90% to less than 5%. Today, the only cats and dogs that are not taken in by the group and offered for adoption are those who are completely feral, very aggressive, or suffering greatly. Each animal is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites, and socialized. Since March 2014, more than 1500 dogs and cats have been rescued. Very passionate Volunteers have donated more than 20,000 hours assisting with adoption events, providing daily care for animals, transporting animals for medical care, getting food and supplies, and maintaining tracking databases for all animals. DAWG operates 100% on donations and volunteer time-there are no paid staff members. This is a highly productive group that is accomplishing amazing things for Denison, TX animals.

Sandy89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Started with this group very early on, taking photos at the pound so we could let it be known what animals were in the city pound and found it amazing how many people were not aware that there was a pound in the city of Denison.. We had adoption events next to the pound with cages and tents, graduated to a flatbed trailer hauling to various sites to get our pups adopted. Next came the enclosed trailer that we stacked cages in and hauled just a bit further for adoptions. But look at DAWG now.........beautiful lime green trailer, we get no funding other than donations, we have no paid staff, all the volunteers come on lunch hour, before work, after work, seven days a week with no concern for rain, sleet, snow, hail or anything else as the dogs and cats need care everyday. Some work at the DAWG House, some work at the events and some work at home with paperwork but all the volunteers have one goal............adopt the animals to good homes. Stop by sometime and see just what a great bunch of people have come together to just get it done... saving one life at a time, one day at a time. Volunteers are always welcome.
Sandy Garrison

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group of DAWG volunteers have accomplished more in a year plus few months than most get done in five years. I am proud to be a volunteer from the ground up and we are only going to get better and bigger. Take a look around City of Denison and see what we have done.
Denison Animal Welfare Group is a bunch of animal lovers who grabbed the pup/kitty and ran with it.

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Baleigh D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helps the city of Denison tremendously. They work very hard for the love of animals in finding them homes, fosters. supplies and organizing events. I have experienced D.A.W.G. first hand as an adopter, foster and occasional volunteer and my experiences have always been pleasant with this nonprofit organization.

I adopted my dog "Leo" from this group a couple years ago and he has given me and everyone he meets so much joy and love. I am truly thankful to have him in my life and I am so happy that D.A.W.G is here in Denison Texas taking care of business!!

Cyndal J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is so beyond awesome in helping you find the furbaby that's right for you. I went in looking for something specific and then didn't have one, but then let me know as soon as they did which took less than a week. They gave me flea medicine and heartguard medicine for my new baby and even offered some other things for my new baby. They are doing such good work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am donating to DAWGS in Denison, TX based solely on my sister's recommendation at Thanksgiving while visiting. She cited it as a worthy cause supported by a chain of volunteers for me to donate to in lieu of giving her a material gift. I have never actually personally seen the DAWGS site, but its website seems informative/accurate, and my sister is known to selflessly support both people and animals in need. While all communities are not fortunate enough to have strict laws regarding treatment and abandonment of animals and the luxury of no-kill shelters as we do in my AR community, DAWGS gives innocent Texas animals a chance. I hope you will support/give to them as well, and Merry Christmas.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are amazing, committed, generous hearted.....totally committed to helping animals whenever they see the need. I was so touched by the story that one of the organizers of the group shared about seeing a little dog and her tiny puppies that had been dumped out on the roadside. She stopped and took them into her car and her home. Posted a photo of this lovely little family looking safe, fed, content. And her communication with the photo, her words for whomever tossed these creatures along the roadside like cleaning trash out of the car: "Where have we failed you..." how is it we didn't reach you in some way so you knew that animals no longer wanted or that you no longer can care for can be surrendered to an organization rather than simply abandoned somewhere.

1 Linda443

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAWG is such a great group, I've volunteered some ,but these sweet souls are the most selfless group of people ever, they give so many hours of their time to care for, and host adoption events. This sacrifice on their part has saved so many animals from euthanasia at the local pound , the attention that they bring to pets needing homes has been intensified so much because they take their weekends to get the dogs out visubil to the public .. thank you to this wonderful group !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DAWG does a great service to our community, finding homes for sweet four legged babes. We adopted our dear, Molly from DAWG. We are forever grateful for the love she has given our family! Thank you for all you do, DAWG volunteers!!!

4 Tammi S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I must say in all my life of all rescues I've been part of. Denison animal welfare group is the best. They welcomed me with open arms. Being in a wheelchair no one judged what I could do they accepted me as a volunteer, built a ramp for me. Just Great people. Doesn't matter if any of the volunteers have a bad day they always show up everyone at dawg is dedicated to what they believe in. They started out small and now look at them. I have so much respect for them all .. running a rescue is not easy. It is very hard. Everyone there puts the animals before anything. I just am so appreciative that our community has them. The rates of euthinazation has decreased immensely. Stephanie is not a selfish person. She built this with the help of all, she never asks for an applause and always recognizes all who have helped her build the group. So much respect for them all. The fur kids are well taken care of and we'll our community really needed something like dawg.
So thank you to everyone

3 Crystal98

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DAWG is an amazing and selfless organization. The people work tirelessly, and do their very best, to find "fur-ever" homes for each and every animal. The cats, the dogs and the city are blessed to have DAWG on their side.

3 Paige13

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this group and what they're about! My parents adopted a pup from there awhile back and she is a great dog and very happy!

3 Peggy67

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued my baby in December of last year. He is the most rotten and spoiled dog I have ever seen! Of course, I may have something to do with that! He is by my side always. Love him to pieces. The people of DAWG were so very helpful when I went in to check out the babies and some still recognize Beau when we visit during adoption events.

2 Keisha5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We do wonderful things for the animals of Denison.