June 30, 2016

Dallas Pets AliveTumbleweed TexStyles is thrilled to announce that through a partnership with the DFW-based animal rescue initiativeDallas Pets Alive, we are now launching a campaign to support unwanted pets in the Dallas area. Half of all proceeds ondog gear andcloseout items sold from July 1 to July 8 will go to finding unwantedpets at risk of euthanasia safe homes.

Soon to celebrate their four year anniversary,DPA rescued their first dog in September of 2012 after residents wanted to bring a similar existing foundation,Austin Pets Alive, to the metroplex. Leslie Sans, the executive director at DPA, volunteered for the Austin branch for several years before moving to Dallas and founding the organization along with a handful of other local volunteers.

“Dallas is one of the most prominent cities in Texas and in the US,” Sans said. “If Dallas can achieve no-kill status, I know it can serve as inspiration and a proof that it is possible no matter how big or small the city is.”

“No-kill status” refers to a 90 percent save rate of healthy and treatable yet unwanted pets at risk of euthanasia, whichAustin achieved back in 2011. Efforts byDallas Animal Services have improved the live release rate but Sans suggests there is always room to improve—and that starts on a local level.

“We like to keep things local,” Leslie said. “Collaborating with local businesses is key to spreading the word about what we do and that this issue is a local one. It’s right here happening in our city. Our business partners give us the chance to connect with various groups across DFW and maybe find that perfect home for one of our pets.”

Many local residents have begun lending a hand as well through pet adoptions, direct donations, and volunteering to lead or participate in the organization’s programs.

“I have been volunteering at animal shelters for as long as I can remember,” DPA board member Annette Marin said. “I've worked with various rescue groups throughout the years I'm also the proud dog mom to fiveyes, fiverescue dogs.”

Dallas Pets AliveThrough providing opportunities for direct involvement by community members, DPA hopes to foster a cooperative network of active Dallas residents to mobilize the push to achieve the city’s coveted no-kill status.

“I think it's very important for everyone to use their voice and talents to improve their local communities,” Marin said. “And with technology and social media it's become easier than ever to find like-minded groups that align with just about anyone's passions.”

Nonetheless, Sans stresses that tackling this issue is as much of a battle for pet protection as it is a battle for a greater sense of compassion and community.

“The issue of animal welfare is very important right now for the city as well as the citizens,” Sans said. “We see everyday what love can do not only for the animals we save but for the fosters and adopters that open up their homes and hearts to these amazing creatures that deserve a second chance. The more educated the community is on how important adoption and fostering really can make all the difference.”

Until July 8, fifty percent of all proceeds ondog apparel andcloseout items will go to support DPA’s cause.For more information and to learn how to donate or get involved, you can visitdallaspetsalive.org or emailvolunteer@dallaspetsalive.org.

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