BIG FIX is BACK for 2016 – December 8, 2015
The Big Fix for Big D partners and the Companion Animal Funders Coalition will announce renewal of the Big Fix for Big D project at 12:00 Noon today in the Flag Room (6EN) of Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St.
Big Fix for Big D aims to reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs caused by unchecked breeding and will provide free spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations and registration for animals in three of the highest-need zip codes of Dallas: 75211, 75217 and 75227.
The three zip codes were chosen because they had the greatest number of animal-related 311 calls and the fewest surgeries per household during the first phase of Big Fix for Big D (2012-2015). In addition, the partners will focus outreach efforts on owners of large dogs, puppies and kittens as well as caretakers of free-roaming cats.
As a part of the kick-off for Big Fix for Big D 2016, the first 250 pets to be spayed or neutered as a part of the project will receive pet beds generously provided by Dickies®, the Fort Worth-based performance workwear brand, and through Big Fix for Big D Partner, the SPCA of Texas.
Big Fix for Big D partners include: Dallas Animal Services (DAS), Dallas Companion Animal Project (DCAP), the SPCA of Texas and Spay Neuter Network (SNN).
“The City of Dallas is proud to be a partner in the Big Fix for Big D project,” said DAS Manager Jody Jones. “As part of our commitment to saving lives, we must create a more humane community where pets are sterilized and provided the appropriate level of care.”
“Big Fix for Big D is about powerful partnerships with committed funders and dedicated members of the animal welfare community,” said Deanna Sauceda, Executive Director of Spay Neuter Network
The Companion Animal Funders Coalition, which includes The Dallas Foundation, the George & Fay Young Foundation, John R. McCune Charitable Trust, The Meadows Foundation and The Rees-Jones Foundation, is funding the project in 2016, along with the City of Dallas providing in-kind support.
“The ability to provide free neutering for animals in underserved neighborhoods closely aligns with DCAP’s Community Outreach initiatives and has meant so much to so many people. This investment is a critical component to changing the status quo in the City of Dallas,” said Susan Gregory Wolchansky, VP of Dallas Companion Animal Project.
Big Fix for Big D launched in April 2012 and provided more than 28,000 spay and neuter surgeries in Dallas, contributing to a significant decrease in euthanasia and a notable increase in the live release rate in the city.*
* ASPCA Dashboard, December 2014.