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Denison Animal Welfare Group

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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.

2 Tabitha7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have saved so many lives! The volunteers spend a lot of time with these animals helping them to learn to trust people again! I

3 Jana G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I haven't had the opportunity to volunteer with DAWG but I share their posts on Facebook. The dog pound has always been there for as long as I can remember and I can't believe no one ever thought about this before. What a great thing these people are doing. I see them out almost every weekend giving their time and sweat to help these animals. They deserve much more than just recognition. Thank you to everyone at DAWG for your sacrifices.

2 Misty J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The wonderful people at Dawg are helping the community in so many ways. Love the all

5 Shelby Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DAWG has some really awesome volunteers and I am so happy to have adopted my sweet Willow from them! :)

3 Brandy18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A awesome group of volunteers who have made an amazing difference in our community. All the animals that have been saved wouldnt have happened without this group!!!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They all care about all the animals so much. Great group of volunteers.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

DAWG is top notch, truly cares about their animals, and they are all heart. The best of the best!

4 Kristi Ihlo L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have simply followed their success story through Facebook! I am very impressed with the difference they have made minimizing euthanasia of precious animals in our community!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAWG is entirely run by volunteers, and we cherish every one of them! None of our animals have been euthanized for lack of space, we work incredibly hard to insure that each one of them find the perfect home! We pride ourselves on running a clean, friendly shelter that welcomes anyone who comes through the door. We rely solely on donations and the support of the community to save more than 95% of the animals that end up in our city pound. If you come and spend time with us, you will make a huge difference in the lives of animals. We are fighting every day to SAVE THEM ALL. We can and will make a significant change in our community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Too many people view Dawg as a wonderful organization supported by careless volunteers. I can reassure that's not the case like my friends and I have witnessed. They speak horribly about their volunteers and treated them likes slaves with no voices. I even witnessed them laugh in one lady's face when she asked if she could foster a dog so they wouldn't have to put any down. Poor lady walked out almost in tears. The board members are leaving slowly as their death toll goes up because they pick and choose who lives and who dies. Think twice before volunteering because you'll regret it.

2 DAWGROX

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DAWG changes your life! Paying it forward does your soul good. Relief & gratitude is seen in the animal’s eyes leaving paw prints on your heart. Volunteers become one for the LOVE of animals. Compassion exudes for the discarded dogs & cats. Animals always come first.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most rewarding part of DAWG is the personal, hands-on approach taken to accomplish our mission. Stepping into a highly emotional situation, the volunteers sign-up, show-up and work all hours to find homes for the lost and abandoned animals of Denison. Working against the clock to save lives in a high-kill city pound, meetings and paperwork are kept to minimum while the animals health and adoption get full attention. Purchasing a mobile adoption trailer and opening a clean, volunteer-staffed adoption center are practical, efficient ways to demonstrate what can be accomplished when we share a common goal. I am proud to be one of the team.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and adopted from the Denison Animal Welfare Group. It has been amazing to see the difference this group has made in just the last year. They have an amazing group of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to find forever homes for every single animal. The new adoption center is just one of many ways they working to get these fur-babies homes!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Volunteers are full of drive to help get the animals adopted. Monthly volunteer meetings and newsletters to keep everyone posted on current events.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Highly determined group that have vastly increased awareness of the Denison Pound and its adoption rate. Had great success in first year, as they acquired funding for an adoption trailer to better serve the adoption events. Still working out kinks in communications and best practices, but are building a strong community base.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group of people are extremely caring and love animals. Their commitment to find homes for these lost and needy animals is unbelievable. They volunteer in all weather and donate their time. They post photos of lost animals on the web and try to reunite them with their owners. They are amazing!

2 Eva_10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about DAWG driving by the pound last year and seeing an adoption event. I stopped by and was so thrilled to finally see an organization that was working to save healthy adoptable dogs from be put down. I signed up as a volunteer and foster if needed. I received a few emails but noticed at the beginning of this year that they were contacting with more detailed information. I decided to visit an adoption event at the local Walmart. I met some great people who obviously were dedicated to saving and getting these dogs adopted. I donated and decided from that day forward that this was a cause and an organization that our community truly needed.

2 Deborah117

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This amazing nonprofit works tirelessly to find homes for countless pound dogs and cats who would otherwise be euthanized. It is a privilege to work with such dedicated and compassionate volunteers. DAWG is all about the animals, but the additional beneficiaries are the humans who form friendships and make connections based on their desire to love and serve the animals.