Operation Kindness

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Operation Kindness
Founded 1976
Type non-profit s. 501(c)(3) charity
Focus No kill animal sheltering
Area served
Dallas, Texas and Fort Worth, Texas
Key people
Jim Hanophy, CEO[1]
$4.95 million in 2013[2]
Website http://www.operationkindness.org/

Operation Kindness is a no kill animal shelter for domestic cats and dogs located in Carrollton, Texas. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and describes itself as the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Its income is derived from donations from individuals and businesses, adoptions, fundraising events, and the sale of pet-related merchandise.


Operation Kindness was founded in 1976, as an alternative to shelters that euthanized or destroyed unwanted and stray animals after a period of time if homes could not be found for them.[3] Its first twelve years were spent in a small building in Garland, Texas.[3] In 1998, the building was no longer available, and a larger shelter reopened in Carrollton, Texas.[3] An even larger shelter, measuring 10,000 square feet or 929 square meters, was completed in 1999.[3]

In 2005, a new Spay/Neuter Surgery and Treatment Center began operation.[3]



Operation Kindness cares for approximately 300 animals on a day-to-day basis, with another 100 animals in foster homes.[4] More than 3,000 dogs and cats are adopted from Operation Kindness each year.[4] In 2013, a record 3,704 animals were adopted, totalling over 75,000 animals since the shelter's opening.[5]

Adoption is promoted by campaigns such as a Black Friday special for animals with black coloured fur.[6]

In 2014, the organization held its fifth annual reunion picnic for dogs and cats adopted from the shelter, with about 200 people participating with their "furry companions."[7]

Pets for Vets[edit]

Operation Kindness participates in Pets for Vets, as its North Texas chapter.[8][9] In this program, animals are matched with returning soldiers, and trained for basic obedience and any other needs that the veteran may have.[8] Veterans accepted into the program receive their trained companion animal at no cost, along with all initial needed supplies.[8]


The Dallas Observer noted that Operation Kindness received the following awards:[10]

  • Best Cat Sanctuary - 2011
  • Best Place to Get a Pet - 2004 and 2001

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Operation Kindness hires Jim Hanophy as CEO", Danielle Abril, Dallas Business Journal, July 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Operation Kindness", Charity Navigator, accessed Nov. 17, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "History of OK", Operation Kindness, accessed Nov. 17, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "About", Operation Kindness, accessed Nov. 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Operation Kindness Breaks Animal Adoption Record", Alannah Connealy, Addison: The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor, Feb. 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "Operation Kindness Offers Black Friday Special: $20 Off Black Pets", Advocate Lakewood/East Dallas, Nov. 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Animal Alumni Gather To Celebrate Adoption From Operation Kindness", Madeline Schmitt, CBSDFW.com, May 17, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "Pets for Vets", Operation Kindness, accessed Nov. 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "Pets for Vets - North Texas Chapter", Pets for Vets, accessed Nov. 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Operation Kindness", Dallas Observer, accessed Nov. 17, 2014.

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