According Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter Executive Director Brandy Moriah Wicker,
“Sometimes an animal’s story is obvious—like Diesel, the large puppy dropped off at the Tri-City Animal Shelter and Adoption Center in May with 19 individually-shot pellets lodged in his back legs. Some stories are less clear but still heartbreaking, such as Reeses, a cat needing a front leg amputation likely from a birth defect. While animals cannot tell their stories, often their medical records can hint at what happened. No matter the backstory of these little critters, all homeless, abandoned, and lost animals find compassionate care and solace once brought to the Tri-City Animal Shelter.
“The Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter is a nonprofit organization that raises additional funds for animals in the shelter’s care. Founded in 2006 initially to provide extra bedding and toys to make their stays more comfortable, the Friends have grown over the years to partner with the shelter on major joint programs. The organization supports lifesaving medical care and surgeries for hundreds of animals just like Diesel and Reeses so that they can have a second chance at finding a loving home. For the last six years, the Friends has subsidized more than 8,000 sterilization surgeries to ensure that 100% of adopted animals are spayed or neutered—a critical need since 86% of animals are not altered when first arriving at the shelter.
“A gift to the Friends on North Texas Giving Day supports future surgeries and medical care for shelter animals. In fact, gifts through NTGD in 2020 expanded the organization’s donor base for the single event by 33%, catapulting the shelter’s live release rate from 76% in 2019 to 83% in 2020. These supporters ensure that the shelter can provide critical medical care for more shelter animals, creating a happier, safer, and healthier environment for people and animals.
“Every surgery and medical procedure funded by the Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter represents another life saved and another chance at finding a loving home. Furthermore, just $50 covers one sterilization surgery, which prevents countless litters and reduces the pet population in the future. Saving lives and finding homes for pets is a community endeavor, and North Texas Giving Day is a quick and easy way to support the Friends and changes animals’ lives forever.”
* Graphic and photo provided by Friends Of Tri-City Animal Shelter
In 12 years, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $375 million into the North Texas community. In 2020, more than $58.8 million was raised through more than 106,000 donors benefiting over 3,200 area nonprofits.