Pet Over-population: How you can help!

The US has a staggering problem with pet overpopulation.  Every year, our shelters euthanize between 3-4 million pets.  The DFW metroplex alone euthanized almost 200,000 last year.  This means that euthanasias in Dallas comprise 5-7% of the US total.  Staggering.

If you have picked up a stray animal recently and made the calls – you know how overcrowded shelters and rescue groups are right now.  Everyone seems to be at maximum capacity.  This is not a problem that we can solve by increasing shelter size.  We must focus on population control.




As the medical director and an active board member with The Spay Neuter Net (SNN), I am a strong advocate of pet sterilization.  After learning that we may do 70-80 surgeries on a single day, my mother once asked me, “Haven’t you fixed them all yet?”  This idea that there is a fixed number of intact animals illustrates the general public’s under-appreciation of the problem.

We are way behind in this race.  A single cat can have up to 5 litters of kittens per year.  That means that a cat could have 300 kittens if allowed to breed for a 10 year period.  Staggering.

Our only chance at catching up on overpopulation is to get a handle on the number of puppies/kittens born each year.  It is critical that you spay/neuter all of your pets.  Every unplanned litter contributes to the problem of overpopulation.

Stray animals should also be spayed and neutered.  Dogs should be re-homed or taken to a shelter.  Cats are often sterilized and then re-released.


Every litter of puppies or kittens contributes to the problem of pet overpopulation.  This means intentional litters from breeder as well.  It is currently estimated that 25% of dogs in shelters nationwide are pure bred dogs.  Our shelters are at maximum capacity and yet we continue to breed dogs and cats.

Shelters and rescue groups play an important role in helping to lower the annual euthanasia rates.  Every animal that is adopted from these organizations opens a space for another dog or cat to potentially find a home.

If you are not prepared to add another permanent member to your family, you should consider fostering.  Many rescue groups do not have a designated building or shelter.  They are comprised of big hearted people who have opened their homes to provide transitional shelter for dogs and cats in need of a forever homes.  Every fostered animal opens up another space in the shelter system.


We must band together and open

  • Our minds to comprehending the magnitude of the problem and the importance of spay/neuter
  • Our hearts and our homes to adopting or fostering animals in need

Jennifer Lavender, DVM is a veterinarian and co-owner of Metro Paws Animal Hospital, LLC (  She has been associated with The Spay Neuter Net ( for 10 years.  This organization provided over 13,000 low cost surgeries in 2012.  Her permanent pets are all rescues.  When possible, she also fosters dogs for Animal Allies of Texas (www.animal

2nd Annual KHCD Holiday Lights Contest

holidaylights.1.1In December – winners to be announced at KHCD “First Friday” social in January.

Categories include “Biggest and Brightest,” “Childrens’ Favorite,” “Best Traditional,” “Judges’ Favorite,” and “Best Block.” Judging will be by a panel comprised of KHCD board members, residents, and local business/civic leaders, with strong consideration given to results of an online neighbor poll.

Please email if you are interested in participating in the judging panel (participation will be limited).

So, get your Griswald on – coordinate with your neighbors and LIGHT UP our neighborhood. Watch for additional details in the first December KHCD eNewsletter.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner!

normasThursday, Nov. 28th from 11am – 1pm. Norma’s Cafe will open its doors on Thursday, Nov. 28th for its 25th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner. The free meal giveaway to those in need will only be available at the Oak Cliff location on Davis Street. Said owner Ed Murph, “Norma’s Cafe has always had a spirit of giving back, and this annual event is one we look forward to hosting every year. Seeing the smiling faces and knowing the community is together in a spirit of thankfulness, is what this cafe is all about.” A full spread of holiday favorites will be served, including turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, English peas, salad, dinner rolls, fruit and dessert. While intended to primarily support neighbors in need, we are told that all dinners served on the 28th will be complementary … please tip most generously if you decide to have your Thanksgiving meal at Norma’s.

Norma’s traditional holiday dinners can also be ordered to go:

Thank you, Norma’s, for all your wonderful support of our community.

2014 First Friday Hosts Needed

KHCD First Friday

The schedule for 2014 KHCD “First Friday” socials is being put together and quickly filling up. This is a monthly gathering of KHCD neighbors at a neighbor’s home or local restaurant. Hosts are asked to provide light snacks and beer/wine. Neighbors attending may also bring  some refreshments – just ask. Currently, the following dates are open:

February 7th
April 4th
May 2nd
June 6th
December 5th

Please email if you are interested.

National Night Out Recap!

On October 1st, Kings Highway residents participated in a first all Oak Cliff National Night Out event at Kiest Park.  Residents met up at Stone Park for some beverages and snacks, decorated their bicycles and participated in a joint neighborhood bicycle ride down Edgefield to the event!  Kings Highway and Elmwood residents made up the group.

Next year, the hope is to get much more participation throughout all north Oak Cliff neighborhoods for this very successful annual event!


The first Friday of every month, one of our neighbors opens their home to the community for a social event where you can meet your neighbors and learn more about KHCD. September’s event will be hosted by Homero and America Gonzalez, so mark the date on your calendar!

Date: Friday, September 7, 2013
Time: 7-10pm
Location: 723 N. Clinton

Food and drinks will be provided. For more info, contact us at

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Bastille Day

Incroyable! C’est Bastille Day déjà! The 4th Annual Bastille on Bishop Festival returns on July 14th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.  Wine tastings, petanques, music, dancing and more will take over 3 blocks of the historic Bishop Arts District in the Oak Cliff. Join The Alliance Française de Dallas in celebrating French Culture and Dallas’ very own ties to France.


This event was started with the help of Kings Highway neighbors Pierrette La Cour and Jeanne-Marie Browning.  Jeanne-Marie’s Oak Cliff Crêperie will be turning out crêpes délicieuse – I prefer the Nutella Banana myself! Entry is $10, which includes a wine glass and your choice of red or white wine, refills are $6 each. Get your tickets now, they are going quick!