9 IMORTANT TIPS FROM YOUR SHELTER
Microchipping your pet increases your chances of recovering your pet if it gets lost by 52.2%! Generally, a microchipped pet can avoid seeing the animal shelter! The Balch Springs Animal Shelter offers microchipping for $10 per pet. Be aware that anytime you move or change your phone number, you need to call your microchip company to update your information.
2. INTACT DOGS
Dogs can travel 10 miles per day on average. Male dogs can smell a female dog in heat up to 3 miles away. An intact male dog can impregnate up to 10 females a day or more! Neutering your male dog will help keep him at home, saving you money on impoundment fees, at large citations and property damage caused by the male breaking out of your yard and into other people’s yards. Spaying your female dog will help keep stray intact males from visiting your yard, thus limiting property damage and, of course, more puppies.
3. LOST PETS
If you have lost your dog, and it is NOT microchipped, email any shelter within a 10-mile radius with a photo of your pet and your contact information! There are many online Apps for lost pets you can post to as well! BEWARE of scams such as people trying to collect money from you to return your pet.
4. ANIMAL SURRENDERS
It costs you up to $49 per animal to surrender to the Balch Springs animal shelter. For a litter of puppies, that is much more of an expense than spaying your female dog! You must have a Balch Springs Driver’s License or I.D. to surrender any animal to the Balch Springs Animal Shelter. Every resident must surrender their animals to the animal shelter within their city of residence.
5. LOOSE DOGS
If your dog is going to be off of a leash, it must by contained to YOUR property. Tying your dog outside is also not legal, unless you are standing outside with your dog and it is visible to you at all times. You can NOT allow your dog to run loose, not even down your neighborhood street. If you see a dog constantly running loose on your street, please call animal control. Call each and every time you observe a dog loose. Animal Control can’t help fix the problem if they don’t know there is one and Animal Control has to observe the dog loose before they can help. All calls to the animal shelter are confidential and are not shared with your neighbors. So if you know where the dog lives, please extend that information to Animal Control. This helps them to educate the community AND can help keep the number of animals at the shelter to a minimum.
6. STRAY DOGS
NEVER pick up a dog off the side of the road unless you want to pay the $49 impound fee when you bring it to the shelter. Leave the dog where it is and call 972-913-3006 to report the stray dog’s location to animal control. Animal Control officers can often return dogs directly back to their owners. Injured animals can bite you out of pain and fear, please leave those animals lie and call Animal Control for them as well.
A rabies vaccine is required by State Law for ALL dogs and cats over the age of 4 months. If your animal gets out and winds up in the animal shelter, you will be required to show proof of current vaccine plus pay impoundment fees to reclaim your pet. Balch Springs and surrounding communities have several options for low cost vaccinations. In order to keep rabies out of our community, keep our residents and their pets safe and to avoid costly citations, please keep up on your pet’s ANNUAL rabies vaccinations.
8. DUMPING ANIMALS
Dumping of animals, either at a local park, on the side of the road or even leaving them behind at a residence is considered “abandonment” and is against the law. If you are discovered to have dumped an animal, you could be prosecuted. The animal shelter has several security cameras and can identify people who abandon animals after hours. If an animal, abandoned at the shelter, causes injury to another person or property, the owner will be held liable. If you feel that you are in immediate need of assistance with your animal and absolutely can not wait until the shelter opens, do NOT leave it at the animal shelter unattended! Instead, contact our emergency line to have an officer respond.
9. YOUR ANIMAL SHELTER
The Balch Springs Animal Shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. If there will be a closing during regular business hours, the shelter will announce that ahead of time on their Facebook page (Balch Springs Animal Shelter). If you call the shelter outside of business hours, please leave a clear, detailed message with your name and number so the shelter might address the issue when they open. If it is an emergency situation call the police department at 972-557-6000.
HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR ANIMAL SHELTER
1. Volunteers are a necessary part of any successful animal shelter. The animals need attention, love and care every day. If you would like to be a part of improving the quality of life for the animals of your community, stop in at the shelter located at 3117 Hickory Tree Rd. behind the Municipal building and talk to Kate.
2. Can’t volunteer but would still like to help the animals? Donations to the animal shelter go directly to the benefit of our animals. You can stop in and donate either cash or items. We even accept donations of paint or other building improvement items. We are always in need of flea and tick medications, dog and cat shampoos and conditioners as well.
3. Can’t get out and about but still want to help? Our Facebook page has an Amazon Wish List that is updated with items we often need or would love to have for our animals.
4. Don’t have the desire to work with the animals but still want to help? We can always use skilled volunteers for painting and building things.