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Posted on: March 28, 2019

Adopt, Volunteer, Foster for Pawfect Lifetime Moments

Ruthie is a gray cat with amber eyes who was adopted by a foster.

Excited tail wags, cuddle sessions and tongues-out smiles are some of the special moments Irving Animal Services’ (IAS) pets give their families. Shelter pets, whether adopted or fostered, bring joy and laughter to their homes, and a lifetime of memories.


Ruthie was a tiny ball of gray fur when she arrived at IAS in September. Too young for adoption, a foster volunteer took the 4-week-old kitten home to care for her. Now 6 months old, Ruthie’s foster mom adopted her. Ruthie is a fun, lovable companion and the perfect late-night study partner to her mom. Ruthie is among many IAS animals who bring happiness to their adoptive families.

Adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, and are:

  • Up-to-date on vaccinations, including rabies.
  • Microchipped and registered with 24PetWatch.
  • Sent home with a sample bag of Science Diet pet food.
  • FelV/FIV tested (cats more than 6 months of age).

Animal Shelter hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Visit the Animal Services Adoption page for more information and to view adoptable pets. All adoptions must be processed 30 minutes prior to closing.

Grey and white terrier mix dog sleeping on a black dog bed.Foster

Belle, a senior foster dog, is blind in one eye and currently undergoing dental work at IACC. No matter her hardships, Belle never denies her foster family a warm hug. Belle and her IAS foster volunteer living as a family is the first step to finding her a forever home. Belle left a permanent paw print in the hearts of her foster family. The IAS Foster Program is a short-term commitment. The program is free of costs or expenses to the volunteers. The shelter provides a collar, leash, food, medical care and other basic essentials for the animals.

Foster volunteers open their homes to:

  • Heartworm-positive dogs.
  • Injured dogs or cats.
  • Puppies and kittens who need time to grow.
  • Dogs and cats who need care.

To become an IAS foster, email [email protected] or call (972) 721-2256.


Cannot foster? Residents can apply to volunteer at the IACC. Volunteer opportunities include photography, dog walking, and acting as an adoption host and counselor, in addition to assisting IAS staff with:

  • Cleaning kennels.
  • Prepping meet-and-greet rooms.
  • Playing with cats and dogs.
  • Grooming.
  • Socializing cats and dogs.

Volunteer candidates must be ages 18 years and older. Accepted candidates must complete an orientation session at IACC.

Visit the IAS Volunteer page or email [email protected] for more information.

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