Dogs Matter

A nonprofit organization

$1,325 raised by 4 donors

5% complete

$25,000 Goal

Individuals seeking in-patient treatment for substance use disorder have had limited options regarding the care of their dogs. In many cases, they either place them in an unhealthy environment or surrender them to a shelter. Dogs Matter offers a different choice. 

Founded in 2015, we are the only nonprofit organization providing free, temporary dog foster care placement & supportive aftercare services specifically for dog owners seeking substance abuse treatment and transitioning into recovery. To date, we have served over 750 clients and their dogs!

Dogs Matter also provides a 12-month Aftercare Program led by a licensed addiction counselor and a certified peer recovery coach. Our program continues to work with our clients and their dogs after their successful completion of treatment and reunion with their dogs. We provide regular follow-up calls, local check-ins, recovery resources in the community, assistance with vet appointments, medical expenses, rent & pet deposits, and food as necessary to ensure a safe and healthy environment while staying clean and sober. 

Please reach out if you, a loved one, or someone you know is considering an addiction treatment program and requiring foster assistance with their dog.


Dogs Matter provides and promotes a safe and healthy temporary foster environment for dogs of recovering addicts and alcoholics. Our primary purpose is ensuring the welfare of the dog and their owner — reuniting them once our client has successfully completed treatment and is ready to be a healthy and responsible dog owner again.


We are currently seeking support for our ongoing operational expenses, including funding and resources for each of our two programs: Temporary Foster Care & Client Aftercare.

We also need help in the following areas if you or someone you know can't make a monetary donation right now, but want to support us:

- Veterinary Care

- Temporary Boarding & Training

- Dog Food & Supplies

- Volunteer Foster Families

- Fundraising Support

- Corporate Sponsors

Equity Statement

We at Dogs Matter strive to foster belonging and empowerment within our organization and to those we serve. Everyone deserves the best care, regardless of their race, color, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical abilities, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or criminal history.

Organization Data


Organization name

Dogs Matter


Animals, Mental and Behavioral Health, Social Services

Operating Budget

Less than $100,000

Counties Served

Hood, Wise, Tarrant, Somervell, Rockwall, Parker, Palo Pinto, Navarro, Montague, Kaufman, Johnson, Hunt, Grayson, Fannin, Erath, Ellis, Denton, Dallas, Cooke, Collin

BIPOC Leadership

Board Chair

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


4347 W. Northwest Hwy.
Dallas, TX 75220



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