About Us

The Dallas Companion Animal Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization created to implement THE PLAN conceived of by the City of Dallas official Task Force to end the killing of all healthy, adoptable animals in our community.

The City of Dallas task force was created by Assistant City Manager Joey Zapata, and chaired by Rebecca Poling. The task force’s goal was to create a blueprint that the public sector and the private sector could use to work together to bring the necessary resources to Dallas so we could become a more humane community (some call it “no-kill”). Dallas had some of the necessary resources already in place, but to be successful we needed to have all the pieces of the puzzle (and a lot of money and time). The task force came up with a plan that identified the most important  missing pieces.

  •  Awareness & Education
  • Feral & Community Cats
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Pet Owner Outreach
  • Pet Placement Support

But a lot of what was missing would need to be done in the private sector – it was not something the City could provide, so Rebecca Poling and Mary Spencer, who was then chair of the Animal Shelter commmission, created the non-profit Dallas Companion Animal Project – to help fill those gaps and get us where we needed to go. DCAP was formed in 2012 as the result of a merger between two existing organizations – Metroplex Animal Coalition and Dallas Animal Advocates and is already doing community outreach, offering financial assistance for low-income pet owners, and working to build capacity in the non-profit animal welfare sector. We’re also partnering with other local organizations to provide humane education, assistance with feral and community cats, and spay/neuter (as a partner, along with DAS and Spay Neuter Network in the Big Fix).

DCAP has 70+ non-profit, 501c3 partners that are working with us to make Dallas a better place for pets and the people who love them. We have nearly 200 volunteers who staff our Pets For Life outreach events, staff our twice-monthly spay/neuter clinics at Dallas Animal Services, and assist DAS with events and promotions DAS does not have the staff for – Clear The Shelters, National Adoption Weekends, etc.
At the request of DAS, and with ACM Zapata’s approval, DCAP became the “Friends of” group for Dallas Animal Services. These groups are industry-standard for municipal Animal Control agencies, who are not 501c3 non-profits but need donations to enhance taxpayer-funded budgets. Prior to forming DCAP, all monetary donations to DAS went into the City’s general fund (fees for services still do). DCAP has made possible a number of grants for Dallas Animal Services, including a Rees-Jones Foundation grant that pays for professional services provided by contract workers, and the Meadows Foundation grant to establish a volunteer program at DAS.
DCAP works to  bring everyone together – individuals, companies, organizations, non-profits, corporations, business and philanthropic leaders, and animal advocacy groups –  working toward significantly reducing that number.
Why? In addition to saving lives, reducing euthanasia rates community-wide would have other benefits as well: It will engage the community in the welfare of our animals
  •  It will make Dallas a pet-friendly place to live
  •  It will save taxpayer dollars
  • It will result in a more educated and informed public
  • It will encourage private/public partnerships
  • It will improve the quality of life for pets and people in the City of Dallas

No single agency or organization can possibly be responsible for all the components necessary to make Dallas No Kill.  We’re looking for individuals, businesses, corporations, associations, non-profits, advocacy groups, and animal welfare organizations willing to be a part of this historic effort.

Our Mission: Strengthening bonds between people and animals.

Our Vision: A community that values and supports quality of life between people and animals.


Meet Our Board of Directors

Read About Our History

Learn About the Task Force

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Financial Information

DCAP Year 1 Annual Report October 2012 – September 2013

DCAP Year 2 Annual Report October 2013 – September 2014