Right Back Where We Started From

Despite the riffs and everything else Code threw at her, by September of 2011, Jones had an improved intake process in place, had redirected donations made for the shelter to the shelter (not as simple as it sounds), ensured vets were in-house even on the weekends, started working to find a permanent solution for the AC issues, began the process of installing a new PA system and security cameras, enhanced staff training, restocked critical supplies and equipment, revised the call structure, instituted a new way to deal with wildlife, and set a goal of 0% euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals (which they met and continue to sustain).


In 2012, the improvements continued.  Jody Jones recruited Dr. Catherine McManus, a Maddie’s Shelter Program graduate with a Master’s in Public Health to serve as Operations Manager, secured over $400,000 of resources for the City of Dallas to support shelter operations, technology and much-needed staff training; implemented all but 7 of the 250 recommendations in the 2010 Humane Society of the United States report (the final 7 aren’t in the budget); found a way to coordinate activities between DPS, DA and DAS; secured a donation from Clear channel resulting in production of a monthly billboard and countless hours of free ad space for DAS; and played a key roll in the creation of a No Kill plan for Dallas.


In 2013, DAS hit the highest ever one month live release record – 54.4% in March; the Dallas Observer picked DAS the best place in the City to adopt a dog; Culture Map declared Jody Jones one of 2013’s Most Influential People; support among the general public is higher than ever; and DAS is becoming nationally recognized as a leader in the municipal sheltering field.




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