The Dallas Foundation aims to make Dallas a safer and better place for our companion animals.

Thanks to a generous bequest to The Foundation, we are now one of the largest public charities supporting companion animal welfare in North Texas.


Strategic Approach to Dallas' Stray and Loose Dog  Problem

Along with other funders, The Dallas Foundation has provided funding support for a comprehensive study and plan developed by The Boston Consulting Group to support the City of Dallas Animal Services in their response to the high number of stray and loose dogs in our community, particularly in Southern Dallas.

Big Fix for Big D

In 2011, The Companion Animal Funders Coalition launched its first initiative, Big Fix of Big D, an effort aimed at lowering the intake rates at Dallas Animal Services by decreasing unwanted puppies and kittens born each year through free spay and neuter services. The initiative targets specific zip codes in Dallas.

Today, the group is composed of five foundations who are invested in strengthening animal welfare in our community. As of August 2016, more than 33,800 dogs and cats have benefited from the program.

Competitive Grant Opportunities

The Dallas Foundation awards grants for animal welfare through several of our Field of Interest funds - including the Louis B. and Mary Ratliff Fund, Erin Wylie Fund, and Betty Pope Fund. Letters of inquiry are accepted each year between January 1 and the first business day of March.