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Third Annual Day of Giving is April 5

Operation Kindness – North Texas’ original and largest no-kill shelter invites the North Texas community to participate in its Day of Giving. Thanks to a generous benefactor, every gift made on April 5 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000 to help Operation Kindness save more homeless animals.

The no-kill shelter assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats annually and cares for an average of 300 animals daily with another 100 to 150 animals in foster homes. In 2017, the medical staff performed 23,656 medical exams; 3,140 spay/neuter surgeries; 363 internal surgeries – including orthopedics, internal organs, hearts, eyes and wounds; and administered $200,000 worth of medicine to animals in need. Since its inception in 1976, Operation Kindness has saved the lives of more than 100,000 animals.

Many of the animals come to Operation Kindness from a network of shelter partners consisting of more than 47 shelters that are not equipped to provide the care these animals need to survive and thrive. Operation Kindness receives no funding from the government, instead relies solely on funds from donations, grants and adoption fees to care for homeless pets.

Recently, Operation Kindness received a call about a dog who had been roaming a country property for a few months. The owners of the property noticed her spending more time near a tree, so they investigated and discovered the she had given birth to seven puppies and had placed them in a tree stump to keep them safe. The mother, who has been named Missy, and her puppies were brought to Operation Kindness where they received vaccinations, heartworm preventative, full tummies and love. Missy is comfortable with people and proudly shows off her puppies to staff. Both Missy and her babies will be available for adoption once they’ve received all vaccinations.

Sushi, a four-month-old calico kitten suffering a broken leg was heartlessly thrown away into a dumpster. Fortunately, she was found and brought to Operation Kindness for medical care. The medical team performed the needed surgery to set her leg and is now treating her for an upper respiratory infection and scleral hemorrhage. Sushi is still in recovery, but the medical staff at Operation Kindness expect her to make a full recovery at which time she will be available for adoption.

“We rescue homeless pets like Missy and Sushi every day,” said Chief Executive Officer, Jim Hanophy. “We’ve been taking in many more animals with injuries and illnesses which means our medical expenses are increasing. This Day of Giving and the generous match are vital to our ability to continue to save homeless animals, treat their needs and find them new loving homes.”
Missy and her litter after being rescued!

To donate to Operation Kindness’ Day of Giving or for more information, please visit

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