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Operation Kindness was founded in 1976 in Garland, Texas,
as a no-kill shelter for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats.

Its founders established Operation Kindness as an alternative to shelters that euthanize or destroy unwanted and stray animals after a period of time if homes cannot be found for them. The mission of Operation Kindness is to provide a caring, no-kill shelter for homeless or unwanted cats and dogs until they are adopted into responsible, loving homes.

During its first 12 years in Garland, Operation Kindness maintained a small shelter in a donated building that previously housed a veterinary clinic. In February 1988, the organization lost the use of the donated space and had to relocate. That October, Operation Kindness reopened a 2,300–square-foot shelter in an office/warehouse strip center in Carrollton, a growing and densely populated area without a private shelter.

 

In July 1996, Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay and Lori and Lee Schmitt donated the funds to purchase a 4.3-acre tract on Earhart Drive in Carrollton. That October, Operation Kindness announced a $1.8 million capital campaign to raise funds for a new shelter. Plans for a 10,000-square-foot shelter were finalized in early 1998, and construction began in September 1998. The shelter was completed in July 1999 and dedicated on August 21, 1999. The lead gift was $1 million from Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay, for whom the shelter is named. The Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation generously provided additional support.

 

In January 2002, Operation Kindness launched a $220,000 capital campaign to renovate and expand the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Animal Shelter by adding an outside storage building and converting a room inside the shelter into an in-house Spay/Neuter Surgery and Treatment Center. The total amount was raised, and the project was completed in December 2004. The first surgeries were performed on January 12, 2005.

 

Operation Kindness has cared for and adopted over 75,000 homeless and unwanted cats and dogs. At any one time, approximately 300 animals are cared for in the shelter, with another 100-150 animals in volunteer foster homes. Operation Kindness continues to be a leader in the Dallas/Fort Worth animal-welfare community.

 

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