Our journey to change Dallas Animal Services started in 2012 with Tasha’s dog pack story. Gypsy Dog Ops was born out of the need to help the injured feral dog, Tasha the husky, and to make sure Dallas Animal Services (DAS) policy was changed to reflect a more humane and effective Field Services program. Our blog documents long running neighborhood dog pack issues as well as documents the challenges and roadblocks residents face when using the current DAS system to address loose, aggressive, feral, or hard to catch dogs. Gypsy Dog Ops has made it part of our mission to help the neighborhood and the city resolve loose, feral, and hard to catch dogs and dogs packs through efforts to educate city leaders and residents towards positive collaboration and long term solutions.

Animal issues are the number one complaint heard by city council members across the city. Loose animals, aggressive animals, dumped animals, unvaccinated and unneutered animals are all part of the challenges facing our city. These issues are often associated with high crime rates and quality of life issues and they make our neighborhoods, schools, tourist areas, and targeted areas of economic development unsafe. In order to address animal issues across Dallas, the city must properly fund Dallas Animal Services. DAS must include animal CONTROL in their goals and service model. In order to do this DAS must revamp their best practices to reflect modern behaviorally sound field services and adopt a model of prevention, intervention, and enforcement. Without this change and evaluation,  animal issues cannot be fully addressed.

Below is a collection of our blog posts from our first meeting with the Dallas Animal Services and the City of Dallas to our Oak Cliff Animal Initiative meeting we held last spring. We’ll keep posting – it will take all of us to enact change!

Advocate – Educate – Volunteer – Foster – Adopt – Donate – Report Loose Dogs – Support a City Wide Spay and Neuter Culture

Why should you support DAS and the courts in the court order to euthanize Rusty? It’s the right thing to do. Bet you never thought you’d hear a rescue/advocacy group say something [...]
Heard About Dallas’ New Reduced Hold Period For Microchipped Owned Dogs? It’s here.  BCG and the City both agree that one of the most effective and efficient way to manage the shel[...]
Are you fired up about the dog named Lamb of God, aka Lamby? We are too. Not familiar with Lamb of God? Let’s talk about it. History: Lamby was owned by a man, Sean Baugh, who woul[...]
    YOUR HELP IS NEEDED – ANIMALS ARE UNECESSARILY DYING ***** Please read this document and contact City Council for an IMMEDIATE HOLD on DAS’ practice of tagging animals “adoptio[...]
We don’t have sufficient words to express our gratitude for the willingness of the work group to collaborate and work towards a humane solution for Dallas’ animals. It’s a huge und[...]
Want to understand why an enforceable tethering ordinance can reduce crime, reduce family violence, make our children healthier, more emotionally intelligent and more successful? C[...]
Our fine city is undergoing a new and refreshing wave of transparent and ethical accountability. Kudos to our new city manager, T.C. Broadnax, for stirring things up and for raisin[...]
Why DAS should check their mission statement, again. We’re going to take the long way around to the moral of this story, so stick with us. This morning started with a text from a f[...]
DAS Progress Report Remember when you would hide your report card in your locker thinking your mom wouldn’t ask for it? But she would ALWAYS ask for it! And you would tell her they[...]
Elevating the Animal Culture Together Thank you for being the roots of our grassroots efforts to elevate the animal culture in our community and in our city. Your support has helpe[...]
While October marked the five year anniversary of the arrival of Mommas, or as most of you know her, Tasha the husky, and her pack, Sunday, November 13 marked the four year anniver[...]
We pitched the idea of a Neighborhood Animal Services Officer model to the mayor’s office through Chairman Brodsky in December 2015. It was well received, but Chairman Brodsky had [...]