For many people, pets are members of the family. And when someone in the family gets sick, we have to take care of them! But for hundreds of dogs and cats in the North Dallas Corridor, medical care is just not an option. That’s why Corridor-based Operation Kindness, the largest and original no-kill shelter in North Texas, is building a new, 9,200 square-foot medical facility! The groundbreaking ceremony for the $6 million medical facility will take place at 10 a.m. April 10 at 3201 Earhart Drive in Carrollton. This ceremony will mark the beginning of phase one of the “Build. Save. Love: Creating Hope for Homeless Animals” capital campaign, which is a $12 million, three-phase initiative.
The new medical facility will allow Operation Kindness to create more space to provide comprehensive medical care to cats and dogs, and ensure that it can continue to provide exceptional veterinary care and rehabilitation services to the increasing number of pets taken in by the shelter. The second floor of the building will house administrative offices.
Jim Hanophy, Operation Kindness chief executive officer; Erin Hannigan, capital campaign chair and co-founder of Artists for Animals; and Jan Rees-Jones, co-founder of The Rees-Jones Foundation and presenting sponsor of Operation Kindness’ capital campaign phase one, will all be giving remarks at the event.
Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness cares for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes. It also advocates humane values and behavior. Since it opened, Operation Kindness has saved more than 100,000 animals, assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats annually, cares for an average of 300 animals a day, and manages approximately 100 – 150 animals in foster homes. It serves as the go-to facility for 47 municipal shelters and rescue groups that are at capacity and unable to provide additional medical resources to homeless animals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Become a member of the Happy Tails Society to help Operation Kindness in their mission to care for homeless animals, by providing a monthly gift to help pay for the medical care, medicine, food, shelter, nurturing and behavior training that pets need to have a second chance at life.
Congratulations and good luck on this new endeavor, Operation Kindness! We can’t wait to see the amazing things you continue to do for animals in the Corridor.