Pet Owner Tips
- Please remember to keep tags on your pets at all times.
- Microchipping of pets is a way of ensuring that if your pet is lost, she/he can be reunited. Vets will scan a lost pet at no charge in order to get it back to the owner.
- During celebratory seasons such as 4th of July and New Year's Eve, the tooting of horns, illegal fire crackers, or gun fire, will scare our furry friends causing them to dash outside the home or fenced enclosures.
- As warm weather arrives, be sure to keep water available at all times for your pet.
- Walk your dog daily and remember to walk on leash. It's good exercise for both human and canine and is a good bonding experience.
- Pick up after your pup. Newspaper sleeves are a good tool to use for this.
New! Pet Directory We encourage you to register your pets on our website! Go to our home page and click on “Pet Directory.” Submit the details of each of your pets (name, color, weight, temperament, etc.) and up to five photos of each. You may even submit special comments. Share your pet’s “cuteness” with us. Can he do tricks? Does he have a special talent? Has she won an award? Maybe your pet is a therapy or agility dog, or just a couch potato. Entries will comprise our Highland Meadows Pet Directory.
New! Lost and Found Pet Alerts Contact Petwatch right away when your family pet goes missing. Lost and Found notices will be posted on the home page of our website. We will try to help in whatever ways we can! If you spot a loose animal, please make us aware by providing a good description and exact location. This might be a pet that someone is looking for, and although it might remain loose and transient, we will have the information which will be posted on our website.
New! Pet of the Month Petwatch will highlight a special pet from our Pet Directory each month by getting information from comments and checking out pet photos. This special pet will receive a $10 cash award and will be highlighted on our website during the month.
History and Mission In most neighborhoods, when a beloved family pet becomes lost, there is nowhere to turn except to the city pound. Not so, here in Highland Meadows! Our Petwatch program helps get the word out when a pet escapes the confines of home.
Petwatch was established with a mission to reunite lost neighborhood pets with their families. Ours is not a “rescue” organization but rather, a “reuniting” organization. Nevertheless, we try to help keep our streets free of loose animals. We provide care and a place of safety in whatever ways we can when there is a need. Our program, established in 1999, led the way and served as an organizational example for other groups which followed throughout our city. Although we have some elected leadership and dedicated volunteers, it is the folks who live in Highland Meadows who make the program successful. Our Petwatch success depends upon the participation of our residents.
Our Petwatch was given Special Recognition by the Dallas City Council in past years. We also partnered with the SPCA of Texas on a project to develop a detailed booklet with guidelines for establishing a neighborhood organization such as ours. During the initial ten years of our program, detailed records were kept, and these reflect that our program averaged saving over 100 pets annually. An untold number of family pets have been reunited with their families, and numerous cats and dogs have been placed in loving, new adoptive homes because of our Petwatch.
Both adults and kids have come together over the years for Pet Parades, Petwatch Kids, Microchip Clinics, and more. Our program generates pride and camaraderie as neighbors support our animal population, and this has resulted in a heightened sense of community among Highland Meadows residents.
Petwatch serves as a communication link between residents who lose a pet and those who spot an animal on the street. Our Hotline is available 24/7 for incoming messages and is monitored regularly by volunteers. Emails are monitored as well, and we post pet information regularly on our blog. Now in 2012, we have added this new website feature to enhance our program even more.
Funds are budgeted for Petwatch by our HMNA board each year; however, we can do so much more for our furry friends if our residents contribute designated donations for Petwatch. We can take care of the special needs of foster animals and help our neighborhood pets only if we have supplemental donations. Make your check payable to Highland Meadows Neighborhood Association and indicate: Petwatch Donation. Mail it to our association address: PO Box 38437, Dallas TX 75238. Donations can also be made online using PayPal
Volunteer Opportunities Petwatch offers a vast array of volunteer opportunities for our pet-loving neighbors. What we are able to accomplish depends upon our residents’ willingness to volunteer and participate along with our organizational leadership. For instance, dogs require a secure yard while their families are being located, and we can only foster found animals if we have volunteer foster homes available. Sometimes animals need to be transported to shelters; now and then an animal needs to be taken to a veterinarian or boarded. We need and encourage your participation. Contact Petwatch to be added to our list of volunteers!
Safety First! Sometimes residents contain a loose animal and remove it from the streets into a safe place if they feel comfortable doing so. However, remember that an unknown animal can be a potential risk. Always keep yourself and others safe! Our neighborhood organization is not responsible for injuries related to loose or foster animals.