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Artists for Animals – a Dallas-based nonprofit organization that brings local artists, musicians, writers and animal lovers together to support North Texas animal rescue charities has announced their 2017 grant recipients. In order to help rescue groups of all sizes across the metroplex, Artists for Animals raises money throughout the year to provide grants. These local Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofits are directly involved in saving animals or helping owners keep their pets, and have a sound organizational process and positive relationship with the community.

“We are pleased to announce the recipients for our 2017 grants,” said Erin Hannigan, co-founder of Artists for Animals. “Through the generous support of our community, sponsors and donors, we are able to raise funds throughout the year to assist animal organizations of all shapes and sizes with their hard work to save the lives of homeless pets. We proudly sponsor these organizations’ initiatives and look forward to seeing them flourish this upcoming year.”

The 2017 grant recipients are:

•Angie’s Friends

This organization was established in 2008 for the sole purpose of aiding neglected and abused dogs in economically depressed neighborhoods of Dallas. The organization is named after Angie Manriquez, who is known throughout the community as "The Fairy Dogmother of Dallas.”

•Basset Rescue Across Texas

Staffed solely by volunteers, this organization is devoted to the rescue of unwanted, abused and homeless basset hounds in the Dallas, Texas, area and surrounding regions.

•Denison Animal Welfare Group

DAWG is a nonprofit organization established in 2014. Its volunteers are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of pets in need.

•EPIC Animal Rescue

Epic Animal Rescue is dedicated to saving the homeless and abandoned animals of Texas. They provide a safe haven for these animals, providing food, shelter and veterinary needs for animals in their care.

•Recycled Pomeranians and Schipperkes

Recycled Pomeranians’ mission is to locate, foster, vet and place otherwise unwanted dogs in forever loving homes. They rescue purebred dogs previously used as breeders in puppy mills, surrendered dogs, lost and abandoned dogs on death row at local shelters, and strays.

•Road Trip 4 Paws

Road Trip 4 Paws is a volunteer-based nonprofit, dedicated to transporting dogs and cats to forever homes in other states. They are veteran animal rescue volunteers who wanted to find a way to save more animals from euthanasia in Texas.

•Rockwall Pets

Rockwall Pets is an all-volunteer, Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit company formed by dedicated no-kill advocates. Their innovative programs get pets out of shelters alive.

•The Street Dog Project

Dauntless Rescue Inc. is a nonprofit that created DBA The Street Dog Project. This project focuses primarily on rescuing dogs directly from the streets of Dallas, Texas, and is comprised of a small group of volunteers who are passionate about saving street dogs.

Applications for the 2018 grants begin in October. For more information on Artists for Animals, go to https://artistsforanimalstx.org.

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Operation Kindness – North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter – had a banner year in 2017, breaking adoption records for the sixth consecutive year and resulting in the adoption of 4,889 homeless animals. Since its inception in 1976, Operation Kindness has helped more than 100,000 animals find forever homes.

“It is our goal to help as many homeless pets as possible find forever homes,” said Jim Hanophy, CEO of Operation Kindness. “Each year we continue to find new ways to unify potential adopters with our animals. The dedicated support of our generous donors, community partners, volunteers, foster families and staff help us grow each year.”

A key factor contributing to the substantial increase in adoptions is Operation Kindness’ partnership with Pet Supplies Plus. In their stores, Operation Kindness houses “residential” cats and kittens for adoption in custom-designed adoption rooms. Generous donations from Pet Supplies Plus, including an adoption trailer and funds to purchase a truck for the trailer from Muenster Milling Company, allows Operation Kindness the ability to rotate between Dallas-area stores on weekends. This year, Operation Kindness was able to expand community adoptions throughout the Metroplex, bringing more adoptable animals to the community.

In order to expand community services, Operation Kindness introduced the Pet Food Pantry in August. Since its creation, more than 15,000 pounds of free pet food, bedding, bowls and cat litter, as well as flea and tick prevention, have been donated to low-income families across the Metroplex.

Throughout the year, Operation Kindness was able to care for more animals due to the support of its strong foster and volunteer network. The no-kill shelter relied on the support of 296 fosters to provide care and shelter for 1,323 animals, including 22 animals placed in permanent foster care. More than 1,780 volunteers provided service each month, resulting in 49,300 hours of volunteer work in total.

Last year alone, Operation Kindness provided care to 5,090 animals, performed 3,140 spay/neuter surgeries, 363 medical surgeries, cared for 100 animals in the inpatient facility and gave behavioral support to 350 animals to ensure they were prepared for adoption.

More than 63 percent of the animals in Operation Kindness’ care came from transfer partners. The no-kill shelter partners with municipal shelters like Dallas Animal Services to help with their overpopulation. The remaining space contains surrenders from first responders, good Samaritans and owners.

For each animal adopted, Operation Kindness is able to save another animal’s life. Dogs and cats of all sizes, breeds, colors and ages are available for a small adoption fee. This fee includes vaccinations, worming, testing, microchipping, collar and ID tag. Adoption fees are $135 for cats/kittens and $185 for dogs/puppies.

Adoption fees also help cover the costs of caring for the animals including food, medicine, tests, spay/neuter surgery, other surgeries, medical procedures, rehabilitation and recovery.

Operation Kindness, unlike other nonprofits, does not receive funding from the government, instead relying solely on funds from donations, grants and adoption fees to care for homeless animals. As Operation Kindness continues to expand their services to save more lives, their expenses grow as well. For more information, please visit http://www.operationkindness.org/.

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The holiday season is upon us. To celebrate the occasion, The Warren Center – a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities – invited North Texas families served by the organization to the annual Operation Santa event.

“We are tremendously grateful for the amount of support we have received from the community this holiday season,” said Amy Spawn, executive director of The Warren Center. “With that support, we were able to serve a record-setting 185 families with holiday cheer in a sensitive environment.”

 Families who attended the event were able to avoid the fuss of long lines at crowded shopping centers to snag a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A special sensory photo session with Santa was held for children with autism, providing a more private and calm experience. More than 400 gifts were collected from generous sponsors throughout the community, ensuring that each child in attendance would take home a new toy for the holidays. Additionally, the holiday celebration treated guests to tasty treats, holiday tunes, games, crafts and more.

For more information and to find out ways to support The Warren Center throughout the year, please visit www.thewarrencenter.org.

The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 900 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marks The Warren Center’s 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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Each fall, Service King Collision Repair Centers and its Dallas-Fort Worth teammates welcome the season with the DFW Charity Golf Tournament. This year more than 375 golfers gathered at the 23rd annual event, raising $125,000 ahead of the holiday season for local nonprofits including Heroes for Children.

Service King teammates proudly presented a check for $75,000 to Larissa Linton, executive director and co-founder of Heroes for Children, and members of the board of directors and advisory board of directors for Heroes for Children.
 
“The Service King gift could not have come at a better time – right before the holidays,” said Linton. “This year, Heroes for Children was hit with some extraordinary unforeseen requests due to Hurricane Harvey. Our organization serves the entire state of Texas and one-third of our requests come from the Houston area. When a child is battling cancer, it is imperative that they have a clean and sterile environment. Because of the Houston floods, many of our Houston families needed to be relocated to cleaner and safer areas. The generous donation from Service King will enable Heroes for Children to continue our mission of providing financial and social assistance to families across Texas who have a child battling cancer. Thank you to the team at Service King for being a hero to so many families.”
 
Through the support of donors and partners, Heroes for Children provides weekly assistance to families in need including rent, mortgage, utilities, transportation costs and funerals.
 
“The DFW Service King Charity Golf Tournament continues to serve as a core component of our mission to support our local communities and the organizations that make them great,” said Jeff McFadden, Service King president. “It’s a privilege to join hands with the wonderful people from Heroes for Children that truly do life-changing work for those who need it most. It’s our hope the funds raised from this tournament help to further their mission and provide hope to families across North Texas in the process.”
 
The Service King Cares program, which functions as Service King’s community outreach initiative, exists to positively impact people, organizations and causes for the greater good of local communities. The DFW Charity Golf Tournament continues to support that mission annually. In 2016 alone, Service King Cares – through numerous golf tournaments and events – contributed more than $750,000 to local nonprofit organizations across the U.S.

In 2017, Heroes for Children served more than 500 families and granted over $400,000 in financial assistance. Each day, 46 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer, and their treatment averages $600,000 – not including living expenses. Many families face eviction and must choose between lifesaving medication and paying the electric bill. Even in the best situation, cancer is hard on a family – emotionally, physically and financially. Heroes for Children, founded by two mothers who know firsthand the costs of a child having cancer, was created to temporarily help ease their burden.

Heroes for Children is ending the year with The Spirit of the Season Lives Deep in The Heart of a Hero campaign with a $100,000 goal that will help 130 families with a child battling cancer in the Lone Star State. Donors may text their Heart of a Hero tax-deductible gift by texting “HeartofTexas” to 41444 or make their donation online at http://heroesforchildren.org/donate.

  • $25 helps with parking, transportation and meal expenses
  • $50 helps with utility bills and grocery costs
  • $100 helps with rent or mortgage payments
  • $250 helps with treatment and medication

With any size gift, donors join the Heroes for Children legacy – supporting over 6,000 families battling cancer in Texas during their greatest time of need.

Heroes for Children depends on donations in their mission to advocate for and provide financial and social assistance to families with children (0-22 years of age) battling cancer. With the community’s help, Heroes is making a difference by ensuring that no family with a child battling cancer will ever fight alone. For more information, go to www.HeroesForChildren.org.

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Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services, is pleased to expand our services to the Flower Mound community in North Texas through the addition of our new full-service breast screening center, located at 4001 Long Prairie Road, Suite 115, in Flower Mound.  For the past three years, Solis Mammography has managed the breast screening services of Flower Mound Imaging. With the opening of Solis Mammography of Flower Mound, Solis has transferred the operations, patient records, and staff from Flower Mound Imaging to this new full-service breast health center offering 3D Mammography, diagnostic screening, computer-aided detection, breast ultrasound, bone density, and stereotactic biopsy services. 

In addition, the new center brings Solis Mammography’s comprehensive and signature Peace of Mind Mammogram™ experience, with patient-centric conveniences, offered in a warm and welcoming environment. Patient services include easy 24/7 online scheduling, email and text appointment reminders, tablet registration, convenient parking, and fast results delivered by secure email within 24 to 48 hours. 

“Our new center in Flower Mound marks our 22nd location in the North Texas market, demonstrating our continued commitment to delivering a high-quality mammography experience in the locations most convenient for our patients and referring physicians,” said James Polfreman, president and CEO of Solis Mammography. “Our Peace of Mind promise is built upon 30 years of dedicated specialization in breast health, caring and compassionate team members, and the ease and efficiency today’s woman both needs and deserves.”   

To ensure a seamless transition for Flower Mound Imaging patients, all prior mammography screenings and reports are available at Solis Mammography. For more information about Solis Mammography of Flower Mound, or to schedule your appointment online, visit https://www.solismammo.com/texas/flower-mound/ or call 886-717-2551.

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Operation Kindness – North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter – was recently selected as one of three finalist organizations in the running for a $100,000 donation from “Reliant Gives,” a charitable-giving program sponsored by Reliant. Reliant Gives expands Reliant’s community outreach across Texas, sharing the power of giving with local communities. Reliant employees regularly nominate a wide selection of Texas nonprofits, which are narrowed to three finalists for each round. Reliant Gives will celebrate continued community support when the winners are announced Dec. 5.

To help garner the community’s support, Operation Kindness will host multiple events this week including a voting party at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Addison on Wednesday, Nov. 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy drink specials and half-price appetizers, as they make as many votes as possible for Operation Kindness in the Reliant Gives campaign. Throughout the evening guests will have the opportunity to win raffle prizes including the chance have their tab covered.

Additional opportunities to cast votes for Operation Kindness in the Reliant Gives campaign, will include a an ugly holiday sweater happy hour and karaoke soiree, at the shelter located at 3201 Earhart Dr, Carrollton, TX 75006 on Friday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In order for Operation Kindness to secure the financial support they need to continue serving North Texas’ homeless animals, the no-kill shelter is requesting the community vote for them on Reliant.com/vote beginning Nov. 27 and running through Dec. 3. Voting is completely anonymous and the Reliant site does not collect any information or require a sign-in. The nonprofit with the most votes will receive $100,000. The other two nonprofits will receive $20,000 and $10,000 respectively based on the number of votes received. The public may vote as often as they like, and the site will let them share their votes on social media. There are no age restrictions to participate in voting. Voting began on Nov. 27 at noon and will end on Dec. 3 at 11:59 p.m. (all times Central).

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FAN EXPO DALLAS – the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Texas – has announced the additional of Jason Momoa to the celebrity line up for the event that will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center April 6-8, 2018. Jason, known for his roles in Game of Thrones and Stargate: Atlantis is currently starring n in Justice League as Arthur Curry/Aquaman as well as Aquaman to be released in 2018. Jason will be appearing with previously announced guest, Michael J. Fox.

All FAN EXPO DALLAS tickets include access to fan-tastic attractions such as a cosplay red carpet, celebrity panels, interactive displays from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and other movie, comic and TV hits.

Tickets to FAN EXPO DALLAS make the perfect gift for any pop culture fan. Through Dec. 12, all ticket purchases to the 2018 convention (www.fanexpodallas.com) will receive a custom #fandom card to put under the tree with the e-tickets.

FAN EXPO DALLAS 2018 will take place April 6 through April 8, 2018. For the full list of appearances and family-friendly activities, tickets and other information, please visit www.fanexpodallas.com. Stay connected with the show for announcements and updates by registering for the newsletter and following Fan Expo Dallas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For vendor information, please click here. Those interested in volunteering can find more information here. Accredited media can request press passes by applying for accreditation at www.fanexpodallas.com/press beginning in February. 

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Operation Kindness — North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter – is spreading holiday cheer with holiday happenings throughout November and December to celebrate the season, including: holiday pet adoptions at Galleria Dallas, Pet Photos with Santa, Gift Wrapping for Kindness and holiday gifts available for purchase from Operation Kindness’ Kindness Catalog.

Kindness Catalog:

From life-saving surgeries to warm, cozy beds for homeless animals and enriching activities to keep pets active, there are delightful gifts at all price points to show your compassion while delighting a loved one, friend, client or employee. One hundred percent of the proceeds will directly benefit the homeless animals at Operation Kindness, the original and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas. To shop the Kindness Catalog, visit www.operationkindness.org.

Prepaid pet adoption gift certificate:

The Operation Kindness Holiday Gift certificate available for purchase at Operation Kindness and the Galleria Dallas Holiday Adoption Kiosk for $185, includes a holiday card to represent your gift and a gift certificate for the adoption fee. The certificate is valid for 90 days after the initial purchase to ensure the perfect pet is available. If the perfect pet is not available or the recipient does not wish to adopt an animal the gift certificate can be refunded.

Holiday Pet Adoptions at Galleria Dallas:

During Operation Kindness Holiday Adoption Days at Galleria Dallas, which begin Friday, Nov. 17, and run through Sunday, Dec. 31, shoppers can interact with adoptable dogs and cats, learn about volunteer opportunities and adopt a furry friend. Adoption hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., and will take place at the south end of the mall near Banana Republic. Dogs will be available for adoption for $185 and cats for $135.

Holiday Pet Adoptions at The Westin Galleria Dallas:

During Operation Kindness Holiday Adoption Days at Galleria Dallas, which begin Friday, Nov. 17, and run through Sunday, Dec. 31, shoppers can also interact with adoptable dogs and cats, learn about volunteer opportunities and adopt a furry friend in the lobby of Westin Galleria. Adoption hours are Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dogs will be available for adoption for $185 and cats for $135.

Pet Photos with Santa:

On Saturday, Dec. 2, Sunday, Dec. 3, Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Operation Kindness’ Pet Food Pantry located at 3953 Belt Line Road, Addison, TX — pet parents are invited for holiday photos with Santa. Dogs, cats and the whole family are invited to sit on Santa’s lap to pose. A helper will snap 10-15 photos per session. Pet parents can choose to have their favorite photo framed in a 4”x6” format and a thumb drive with all of the photos for $25. These photos make great holiday cards, and all proceeds benefit Operation Kindness.

Wrapping for Kindness:

Esther Mooring and a team of volunteers are requesting small donations in exchange for wrapping gifts to benefit Operation Kindness. Gift wrapping will be available at Barnes & Noble – Park and Preston from Nov. 24 through Dec. 24, hours are as follows: November 24 - December 10: beginning at 10 am to 6 p.m. and December 11 - December 23: beginning at 9 am to 9 pm. Gifts do not need to be purchased from Barnes & Noble to be wrapped – guests are encouraged to bring gifts from other places to be wrapped. Last year, Esther and her team of volunteer gift wrappers raised more than $13,000 for the no-kill shelter, this year they are hoping to beat last year’s goal. 

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Operation Kindness – North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter – was recently selected as one of three finalist organizations in the running for a $100,000 donation from “Reliant Gives,” a charitable-giving program sponsored by Reliant. Reliant Gives expands Reliant’s community outreach across Texas, sharing the power of giving with local communities. Reliant employees regularly nominate a wide selection of Texas nonprofits, which are narrowed to three finalists for each round. Reliant Gives will celebrate continued community support when the winners are announced Dec. 5.

“We are honored to be a finalist in this year’s Reliant Gives Campaign,” said Jim Hanophy, CEO of Operation Kindness. “Our shelter does not receive any government funding, and we rely solely on the support of our community to help us care for homeless animals in North Texas. We are calling on the community’s continued support by voting for us with a simple click of the mouse in the Reliant Gives Campaign.”

The number of animals assisted by Operation Kindness continues to grow year after year – along with the resources needed to care for these animals. Last year Operation Kindness treated 4,887 animals and found forever homes for 4,566 homeless animals. Additionally, the shelter performed 2,875 spay/neuter surgeries and 250 other medical-related surgeries. Operation Kindness is committed to treating any medical condition or injury if there’s an opportunity for a quality of life and to adopt them into a loving home. The shelter also administered roughly $100,000 worth of medicine, including ringworm, heartworm, upper respiratory infection, skin condition and ear infection medication. With many animals coming from 47 North Texas shelters and rescue partners, it is crucial that Operation Kindness gives animals the medical attention they need to survive what many other shelters do not have the resources to provide.

To help Operation Kindness secure the financial support they need to continue serving North Texas’ homeless animals, the no-kill shelter is requesting the community vote for them on Reliant.com/vote beginning Nov. 27 and running through Dec. 3. Voting is completely anonymous and the Reliant site does not collect any information or require a sign-in. The nonprofit with the most votes will receive $100,000. The other two nonprofits will receive $20,000 and $10,000 respectively based on the number of votes received. The public may vote as often as they like, and the site will let them share their votes on social media. There are no age restrictions to participate in voting. Voting begins Nov. 27 at noon and ends Dec. 3 at 11:59 p.m. (all times Central).

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Artists for Animals, a Dallas-based nonprofit that brings local artists, sculptors, musicians, writers and animal lovers together to support animal rescue charities in North Texas, with professional photographer Teresa Berg is opening her Addison photography studio to area North Texas pet parents Dec. 8 and 9 for a limited-edition, 15-minute photography session with an authentic Santa Claus. In celebration of the season of giving, Artists for Animals will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the event to Road Trip 4 Paws, a local animal rescue group that transports homeless dogs and cats from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to other shelters and adoption centers across the country that have a shortage of adoptable pets. Each registrant will receive one mounted Teresa Berg original 8-by-10 print.

 

When: Dec. 8-9. Preregistration is required.

Where: Teresa Berg Photography at 4950 Keller Springs Road, Suite 450, Addison, TX 75001 

Cost: $150 and includes a 15-minute photography session with Santa Claus and a professional Teresa Berg original 8-by-10 print. A portion of the price is tax-deductible.

Registration: Preregistration is required. Please call Teresa Berg Photography at 972-250-2415 to schedule.