The Dallas Companion Animal Project has teamed up with Show Your Soft Side and Sports Marketing to bring the nationally recognized and award-winning Show Your Soft Side anti-animal cruelty campaign to Dallas. The campaign, aimed at stopping animal cruelty before it begins, features local sport celebrities showing off their “soft side” with their beloved pets.
Over a recent two-day period at Fox Sports Southwest Studios in Las Colinas, the following nine celebrities volunteered to pose for photos with their sometimes rowdy, often unpredictable, but always loveable pets.
Tyrone Crawford, defensive tackle for Dallas Cowboys
Zack Martin, offensive guard for Dallas Cowboys
Skin Wade, host for The Fan Radio, 105.3 FM ESPN
Jim Knox, reporter for Fox Sports Southwest and broadcaster for Texas Rangers
Pudge Rodriguez, MLB All Star and former catcher for Texas Ranger Catcher
Justin Miller, MMA fighter
Tesho Akindele, forward for FC Dallas and MLS Rookie of the Year
Cameron Brown, forward for Dallas Sidekicks
David Kamali, defender for Dallas Sidekicks
Founded in September 2011, the Show Your Soft Side campaign
was created in response to the alarming incidence of animal abuse in Baltimore. The campaign’s goal was to change the mindset of young people who often view the maiming and torturing of defenseless animals as a sign of “toughness” or “manhood.” Those abusers often graduate to even more violent crimes.
This nonprofit organization has expanded their efforts beyond Baltimore to show that being a man has many facets to it, including a “soft side” when it comes to animals. Each makes the point that only a punk would hurt a cat or dog.
Bradley Glenn Boley of Dallas was convicted of animal cruelty on December 4, 2015 and received a punishment of 15 months for this third-degree felony. Boley was found guilty of confining Buddy, his 2 1/2 month old Chihuahua, in a plastic kennel on top of a hot stove on Feb. 17, 2014.
Jerrod Foote testified he heard crying and smelled smoke coming from Boley’s apartment, and he went inside and discovered the trapped puppy. Foote said Boley told him he was punishing Buddy for nipping him while playing.
Foote said he convinced Boley to take Buddy to a vet clinic, where it was determined that the puppy’s burns were so severe that he had to be euthanized.
Boley will get credit for the time he has already served, which is about a year.
If you suspect someone of abusing an animal in Dallas, please call 311 or 214-670-3111. You can remain anonymous. You can also report possible cruelty online at 311.DallasCityHall.com. (Please do not use the 311 app to report potential abuse, as it is only for loose dog and dead dog reports.) If you witness cruelty in progress, please call 911. Please help us by sharing this information and encouraging everyone you know to report suspected cruelty. The animals cannot speak for themselves—it is up to us to be their voice.
Pets for Life (PFL) recently hit a milestone of serving 100,000 clients nationwide.
Created by the Humane Society of the United States and funded by PetSmart Charities, this outreach program addresses the lack of accessible and affordable pet care in under-served communities.
The Dallas Pets For Life program began in 2014 and focuses on a low-income area inside the 75216 zip code that has a high concentration of pets and people who love them. Despite the need for local pet resources, that area is void of veterinarians, pet supplies, groomers, boarding facilities, and other pet-related services.
PFL provides ongoing neighborhood outreach, plans community-wide events, and offers free or very low cost services, such as dog training, humane education, spay/neuter surgeries, and wellness care. PFL strives for partnerships with animal welfare organizations and other community leaders and service providers, including faith-based organizations, social service programs, health care agencies, and local businesses.
PFL is based on the fundamental understanding that animal suffering exists where there is human suffering. To have an intentional impact, it’s critical to build trustful relationships with people and their pets, make information and resources affordable and easy to access, and establish an ongoing presence in areas where people conduct their lives.
For more information, visit the Pets For Life website or email pfl(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)DallasAnimals.org.