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Frequently Asked Questions

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Most Common FAQs

How can I report animal cruelty?

The SPCA of Texas ( handles rescue and investigations teams for eight local counties and you may contact them at 214-461-1850 and by filling out the form at this link:

If you are outside Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains & Van Zandt counties, call your local law enforcement. Texas law protects animals from cruelty and abuse. If the situation is an emergency, please contact your local law enforcement authorities immediately.

The Humane Society of North Texas ( conducts abuse, neglect and abuse investigations for Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Wise, Denton and surrounding counties and can be contacted at 817-332-4768, ext. 113 or by reporting online at They ask that you report urgent situations such as illegal dog fighting by first calling 911 and then following up to their emergency number (817-891-5911).

How can I volunteer? What opportunities are available?

You can devote as much or as little time as you would like. Click here to see our current volunteer opportunities or check out our weekly volunteer newsletter. Click through the link below to complete our volunteer interest form and the release forms.

How does the adoption process work?

There is an adoption application online, simply fill out and submit. One of PAWS adoption screeners will call you to verify the information on the application; once done, the application will move to introductions or home visit depending if you have already met the dog/cat. And both can happen at the same time. We will work as quickly as we are able (or at a pace you are comfortable with) to help you find the right animal for your home.


How old do you have to be to volunteer?

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent.

I found a stray. Can you take it?

We try to limit our intake to pets that come from Dallas Animal Services (DAS). You may want to take your stray to DAS, and let us know it is there. In addition, there are many shelters you can consult to see if they have capacity. You may also want to keep the stray and enroll it in our Guest Dog and Cat Program.

What does it take to foster?

We ask that you care for the dog or cat as if it were your own – integrating it and socializing it within your home and family. We ask that you bring the pet to at least two adoption events a month. We pay for vaccinations, heartworm, spay/neuter and all veterinary care. Because we do not have a shelter, the temporary home you provide for an animal is a life saving act.

What is the adoption fee and what is included?

The adoption fee varies between $100 and $300.

What is your Guest Dog and Cat Program?

This is a program where you keep the pet in your home and bear responsibility for its food, vaccinations and veterinary care. We can help you obtain low cost spay/neuter services. We will “market” the pet for you on our web site and on PetFinder with photos, videos and information you provide. We encourage you to bring the pet to our adoptions so that potential adopters can meet the pet, and we will send any potential adopters who contact us to you. You can learn more about our guest dog and cat program here.

Where can I come and see a pet that I’m interested in adopting?

You can email us at [email protected], and we will make sure you connect with the pet! For instance, if we know you want to meet a particular dog, we connect you at one of our adoption events or a private get-to-know-you session.

Where does PAWS in the City get their pets?

Approximately 80% of our dogs and cats come from Dallas Animal Services.

Where is PAWS in the City located?

Like many volunteer rescue organizations, PAWS does not have a physical shelter. The pets we rescue from the municipal shelter or from other life-threatening situations are housed in foster homes or boarding/training facilities.

Get Involved

We can always use volunteers for events, transportation, and adoption activities.  Fosters also occasionally need support, and we can only make this whole thing work with our volunteers!

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