‘Paws in the Plaza’ is Tuesday at Victory Plaza

There’s more to the SPCA than just dogs and cats! Check SPCA.org/findapet to see all the animals currently available for adoption through SPCA of Texas.

American Airlines Center is hosting “Paws in the Plaza” on Tuesday June 20, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center in Victory Plaza as a way to help homeless critters find loving homes as well as benefit the SPCA of Texas and its Community Pet Program. The event will collect leash and collar donations for the Community Pet Program and raise funds for SPCA.

Organizers hope to collect at least 35,000 leases and collars for the program, which “provides another layer of support to the people and their pets of Southern Dallas, keeping pets in homes, off the streets and out of shelters.” Chewy.com kicked off the effort by donating 400 leashes and collars.

Paws in the Plaza will include pet-friendly activities, vendors, food trucks, $25 on-site pet adoptions, raffles and more. For each leash or collar you donate, you’ll get a raffle ticket, and Dustin Kross with The New Hot 93.3 will be broadcasting live from the Victory Plaza studios.

SPCA of Texas is offering $25 dog and cat adoptions through Sept. 3. The fee includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older, and an FIV/FeLV for cats for months and older. It also includes an initial flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative, a microchip, 30 days of free PetHealth Insurance provided by PetPlan, a free 14-day wellness exam with VCA Animal Hospitals, a free year-long subscription to Activ4Pets, a rabies and tag and a free leash.

The event is sponsored by American Airlines Center, Chewy.com, Citydog! Club, DFW Street Eats, Levy, Noah’s Bark All-Natural Dog Biscuits, The Arrangement, Uber, Victory Park and Victory Tavern City Grille. Good Morning Texas/WFAA and New Hot 93.3FM are media sponsors.

Check here for information on pets available for adoption through SPCA, and here for more information on SPCA of Texas. Read Dallas Voice each Friday, online and in print, to see our SPCA of Texas Pet of the Week. And watch DVtv in Spayse on the fourth Friday of each month — streaming live on the Dallas Voice Facebook page and on the Spayse Studios YouTube channel — for our video Pet of the Month from the SPCA of Texas.

—  Tammye Nash

Dallas Voice has lost one of its own: Joey, our company’s gentle mascot

If you’re out on the community and happen to be around a Dallas Voice rack on a Friday, chances are you’ve bumped into our distribution manager, Linda, and her constant companion, Joey. A miniature Chihuahua, Joey has become our de facto mascot over the last five years or so. He’s always in the latest clothes and loves to be held. He’s simply the best goodwill ambassador Dallas Voice has ever had.

But tiny as he is, Joey was unable to fight back when a stray dog attacked him today. He died as a result.

We’re all pretty upset here at the office, not the least being Linda, his mommy. My own Chihuahua, Popeye, often visits Linda and Joey and they get along like gangbusters.

If  you knew Joey, hold him in your heart tonight. Maybe make a donation to a shelter — or better still, adopt from one. And if you see Linda, give her an extra long hug. In fact, give anybody you see one. We could all use it about now.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Mama Trinity and her pups need a helping hand, and you can get beautiful art!

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Mama Trinity and her babies

I think it is safe to say that the LGBT community as a whole — at least the LGBT community here in North Texas — is very-very-very pet friendly. We love our fur babies, and we have a big ol’ soft spot for animals in general.

So meet Trinity, a mama dog rescued by Woofstock 2nd Chance Camp, a dog rescue and adoption organization, along with her five newborn puppies. Soon after, however, the folks at Woofstock discovered that Trinity had a shattered leg AND a fractured pelvis. (And yes, this poor dog gave birth to FIVE puppies in a shelter with the shattered leg and fractured pelvis!)

Sadly, one of the puppies has died, leaving only four — two girls and two boys, named Faith, Hope, David and Goliath. Trinity is unable to nurse the babies herself, so a volunteer is bottle-feeding them around the clock.

The vet told Woofstock folks that Trinity’s pelvis will likely heal on its own, given time. But the leg is in bad shape and needs to be amputated. She is in the hospital now receiving platelets to get her healthy enough to undergo the surgery. And the organization needs help raising the money to pay for her care, and for the puppies.

This is where you come in.

Now, I am not asking you to just send money to Woofstock — although you can certainly do that if you want. What I want is for you to go to Woofstock’s “Saving Trinity Online Art Auction” and bid on one of the wonderful pieces of art that have been donated. Several of the artworks are there now, and more will be added.

Bidding is open now and will continue through March 21. Go now and place your bids, then check back often to see what new pieces have been added to the auction.

All of the art being auctioned off has been donated by the artists, and by the way, if any of you other artists out there want to donate, please get in touch with Gail Bennison by email at gail@woofstockcamp.org.

Come on folks. Let’s help out Trinity. I mean, here’s a chance to help a beautiful dog AND get yourself some beautiful new art! Oh, and one more thing, if you are looking to adopt a dog of our own, Woofstock can help with that, too!

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Faith, Hope, David and Goliath

—  Tammye Nash

Why dogs are better than … well, everything

I realize this is just middle-class spam, but I enjoyed this email from my mom called “Why some men have dogs and not wives.” It could almost refer to gay men and boyfriends (except, maybe, for Nos. 7 and 11), but I really appreciate it as the proud papa to three canines.

Here’s the list:

1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Don’t don’t notice if you call them by the wrong name.

3. Dogs don’t mind if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

4. A dog’s parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across sometimes.

6. You never have to wait for a dog to “get ready” — they are rarin’ to go 24/7.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk.

8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

9. A dog will not wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “If I died, would you get another dog?”

10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.

11. A dog will let you know put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.

12. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad — they just find it interesting.

13. Dogs like to ride around in the back of a pickup truck.

14. If a dog leaves, it won’t take half your stuff.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Pet of the week • 02.10.12

Gloria

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Gloria

Gloria is a precious 5-month-old black kitten with a most unusual marking — a white band around her middle, which gives her a distinct and unique look. Gloria has other great attributes, too. She’s super-friendly, playful and full of fun. This cutie will make a great addition to any family.

Gloria and many other dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon-5 p.m. The regular adoption cost is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats, but discounts are offered for older animals and those in the shelter longer than 45 days and to senior citizens and those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV. For more information, visit www.DallasAnimalServices.org, or call 214-671-0249

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 10, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the week • 01.27.12

Stewie

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Stewie

Stewie is a sweet brindle terrier mix who, despite the name, is a girl dog. She’s 11⁄2 years old and full grown at 42 pounds. Stewie is gentle, affectionate and eager to please. And because she’s been at Dallas Animal Services for more than 45 days, her adoption cost is just $42.50.

Stewie and many other dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The regular adoption cost is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats, but discounts are offered for older animals and those in the shelter longer than 45 days, and to senior citizens and those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV.  For more information, visit www.DallasAnimalServices.org, or call 214-671-0249.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 27, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 01.13.12

Snow

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Snow

Snow is one of the happiest, friendliest dogs you’ll ever meet. She’s 10 months old and full grown at 46 pounds. Snow loves people and should do fine with other dogs. With her sunny personality and great demeanor, Snow will make a faithful canine companion.

Snow and many other dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of Downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. The regular adoption cost is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats, but discounts are offered for older animals and those in the shelter longer than 45 days and to senior citizens and those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV. For more information, visit DallasAnimalServices.org, or call 214-671-0249.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 12.30.11

Pet-HappyHappy

Happy is an aptly named love bug. She’s a 7-month-old terrier-beagle mix who currently weighs about 28 pounds but, like many of us this time of the year, could stand to lose a few. She’s eager to please, full of energy and loving.  Happy is a friendly girl who’s hoping for a forever home for the New Year.

Happy and many other dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of Downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon-5 p.m. This weekend, the shelter will close at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and be closed on New Year’s Day. The regular adoption cost is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats, but discounts are offered for animals in the shelter longer than 45 days, to senior citizens and to those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV.  For more information, visit www.DallasAnimalServices.org, or call 214-671-0249.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 12.16.11

Angel

Pet-AngeleAngel is an angelic brown tabby with white markings and enormous gold-green eyes.

She’s just 8 months old and weighs a mere 4 pounds. Angel is sweet, calm, laidback and loving. Why not adopt an Angel of your own this holiday season?

Angel and many other cats, dogs, puppies and kittens are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of Downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. The regular adoption cost is $85 for dogs and $55 for cats, but discounts are offered for animals in the shelter longer than 45 days, to senior citizens and to those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV.  For more information, visit DallasAnimalServices.org or call 214-671-0249.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 16, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week • 12.02.11

Mark

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Mark is an adorable, medium-haired blue tabby with pretty green eyes. He’s very friendly, great with other cats, curious and playful. Mark is 6 months old and just about purrfect in every way!

Mark and many other cats, kitten, puppies and dogs are available for adoption from Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, just minutes west of Downtown Dallas. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. Adoption discounts are also offered to senior citizens and those who adopt two animals at the same time. All dogs are negative for heartworms, and cats have been tested for FeLV and FIV.  For more information, visit DallasAnimalServices.org or call
214-671-0249.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 2, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas