In November 2006, the State of Texas officially granted the Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter (FoTCAS) organization a 501 (c) (3) non-profit status. Within a year a Board consisting of a group of committed volunteers began to dedicate themselves to finding ways to enrich the lives of all animals passing through the Tri-City Animal Shelter. Our current programs include:
Pre-Spay/Neuter - we subsidize the veterinarian costs so every animal that is adopted has been spayed or neutered before they go to their forever home - without having the raise the adoption fee payed by adopters.
Heartworm Positive Dog Treatment - In Texas, mosquito season lasts all year long. Many of the animals that come in to the shelter are strays that have come in contact with many, many mosquitoes and are heartworm positive. Due to the high cost of treatment for heartworm disease most of these animals were passed up for adoption. The Friends are now cover all the heartworm treatment costs for any heartworm positive dog that is adopted through a voucher program with our participating vets. There is no out-of-pocket expense for the adopter, and dogs that will make wonderful pets are no longer passed over due to a treatable medical condition.
Feral Cat Trap/Neuter/Release Program - in July 2011 FoTCAS started a limited feral cat Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) program in the cities of DeSoto, Duncanville and Cedar Hill. This program involves the humane trapping ofa feral cat, transporting the cat to a participating veterinarian for spay/neuter and rabies vaccination, and returning the cat back into its home colony that same day. The goal of this program is to reduce the number of kittens that enter the shelter and cannot be adopted because they are unsocialized. To date we have spayer or neutered over 300 cats!