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

  While the adoption side of Dallas Animal Services is making great strides, the city and Dallas Animal Services has not been able to address and solve the loose and stray ani[...]
It is finally here everyone, it is time for serious action. The Mayor’s Grow South initiative is bringing a lot of attention to the city’s animal issues. It is time to [...]
We had an amazing turn out for our first Oak Cliff Animal Initiative Town Hall meeting. On a beautiful sunny spring day in the middle of a Saturday afternoon, we had a room full of[...]
The Oak Cliff Animal Initiative Date: Saturday, March 29th Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm Location: Kidd Spring Recreation Center What’s the goal of this meeting? While the adoption side of D[...]
OK my army of animal loving people – IT IS TIME to mobilize. The city council is saying they are not hearing from anyone who wants more money for animals. If Tasha’s story, S[...]
Friday, June 28th I have talked about this before, I have rules. I don’t look for dogs to rescue, I don’t chase dogs, the dogs have to come to me. Over the years, dogs, even dog pa[...]
In the next few days, I will post about another incident that happened with Dallas Animal Services downtown two weeks ago; it had a very disappointing outcome and the post will hav[...]
Today was our follow up meeting with newly re-elected city councilman Scott Griggs,  Animal Services Director Jody Jones, and Dallas Animal Shelter Commission President Chris Watts[...]
Tasha and all her doggie friends urge you to vote. When it’s time for budgets, policies, and allocation of your tax dollars, you should have a voice. Where to start? KERA has[...]
Without your support, veterinarians are in jeopardy of losing their ability to offer house calls for euthanasia services or mobile spay/ neuter clinics in the field away from the v[...]
Tasha’s pack’s struggle has touched many people, most especially me. In my heart, Tasha’s journey will not end when she is fully domesticated. Her story will only be finished when [...]
This is the original email sent out on November 14th for Tasha the husky. Be warned, it contains some graphic images of her injures from her animal control darting. The response to[...]