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!

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Coming Soon! Laws for Paws will create advocacy thought meaningful discussions with our City and District Attorney’s offices. Goal: Laws for Paws will bring animals advocates[...]
Well, it’s been a heart wrenching few weeks here at GDO as we have tried to help facilitate feral pack trappings that failed due to DAS’ lack of behaviorally sound trai[...]
January brought a slew of questions from our communities about illegal puppy sales in parking lots, on the internet, and what to do when people are suspected of  “flipping[...]
I want all animal lovers to take 5 minutes today and go activist with me. This is important!!!! If you have not been following the news, get up to date here. Councilman Scott Grigg[...]
This year’s Oak Cliff Animal Initiative was a big success. Over 60 neighbors and animal advocates took the time on a beautiful spring morning to listen and productively discu[...]
A big thanks to Sharon Grigsby again for another great article about Dallas’ dog crisis. But I would like to add a few thoughts to the conversation about Blue the dog’s ̶[...]
Want to HELP shelter animals? Do you want to help keep euthanasia rates down at the Dallas Animal Shelter and give shelter dogs a fighting chance? Legislation has been introduced t[...]
It’s time! Our second annual Oak Cliff Animal Initiative, an animal issues Town Hall Meeting co-hosted by City Councilman Scott Griggs, Gypsy Dog Ops, and Animal Commissioner[...]
There have been a lot of inflammatory comments from all sides of the fence surrounding the mistaken euthanasia of 4 dogs at DAS recently. My goodness, there is so much to say, but [...]
We are sadden to hear of the mistaken euthanasia of the Aussie dogs at Dallas Animal Services over the New Years holiday.  As the Dallas morning News editorial stated, it is a dark[...]
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Over 40 % of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. Less than 8% actually achieve their goals. With that in mind, we started 2014 out with a resolution that would allow us to[...]
Dear City of Dallas, I have lived in South Dallas for many years and I take great pride in living in a unique diverse urban neighborhood. There are many challenges to living in suc[...]