Uber for dogs? Dallas Pets Alive! says ‘yes’

By Pat Robbins

Are you ready to take on fostering pets in a new way? Dallas Pets Alive has received grant funding to allow it to trial a new program called “Foster +”. All of the pets are housed by dedicated foster families throughout North Texas. At Dallas Pets Alive, they are finding ways to make fostering more convenient, and provide additional rewards to fosters for their efforts. Investing in their fosters helps them save more lives in North Texas.

Photo of a sweet dog getting his nails trimmed courtesy of Dallas Pets Alive!

The program benefits will be available from now until July 1, 2024. 

The Foster + program provides increased supplies availability for grooming and supplies shipped to your door, foster referral bonuses, pet deposit reimbursement, five for $500 for canine shelter tags, grooming assistance, CIV vaccines for resident pets, GoodPup Behavior Training Scholarship for every foster dog and Snyft rides for foster animals.

If owners need help transporting an animal from the shelter or to and from the vet, they can request a Snyft Driver. When there is an urgent medical case, pets can be transported to the vet to address issues immediately. Interested in becoming a Snyft Driver? Email [email protected], and you will receive $35 via PayPal per trip that you assist with.

Foster Referral is another way for fosters, or volunteers who refer someone to foster for DPA, to receive $50 per referral. When the referred new foster has officially tagged and picked up their new foster, the referring volunteer will receive a $50 referral bonus for referring a new DPA Foster via PayPal. 

If those who would like to foster have the boundary of a pet deposit, DPA will consider paying the pet deposit on a case-by-case basis. To request and get reimbursement approval, fosters must commit to fostering for a year, 365 days, to receive the Pet Deposit Reimbursement. 

If a foster feels like they need to have their resident pets vaccinated for CIV in order to rescue a dog from the shelter, DPA will consider the reimbursement for the cost of the vaccine on a case-by-case basis. Fosters can use their own vet at their convenience and request a reimbursement. 

Finally, shelter partners have seen an increase of capacity for dogs, and difficult decisions are having to be made across all breeds, ages, and sizes. 

To reward those who want to help with this major need, now through July 1, 2024, if a foster fosters five canines who are tagged from the shelter and fostered until adoption, they can receive $500. 

Benefits may be extended based on funding and use of the program.

DPA seeks to reduce barriers and save lives by providing new benefits that enhance the fostering experience. Those who want to help make the world a better place can do so by fostering a pet. Learn more at dallaspetsalive.org.