If you are new to our group and want to know more about us, check this list for some questions we are often asked.
Q: Where did you get your name?
Right after Osama Bin Laden was captured, the Ducks were out on a recon mission late one night and someone remarked that we were like SEAL Team 6, going in after this elusive dog. Another Duck replied that we weren’t nearly as stealthy as the SEALs; we were more like Ducks. And the name stuck.
Q: How do you capture the dogs?
We use a variety of approaches, depending on the situation. Our primary concern is for the safety of the dogs we are trying to rescue. If we think can capture them with a humane trap, we always try that first. It is the least traumatizing for the dog and ensures that nobody is hurt during a capture.
Q: How long does it take to get a dog off the streets?
Again, it depends. A rescue can take an hour, or it can take several months. Stormie was rescued in 30 minutes. Norah took over four months to capture.
Q: How can I help?
Our primary need is foster homes. We get emails and phone calls daily about dogs who need help, but we cannot pick up every dog we see and bring them to our homes. We need fosters and rescue groups that are willing to take a chance on a street dog. Once we have a place for a dog to go, we can deploy.
Our secondary need is for funding and supplies. We always need medium sized collars, gift cards to pet supplies stores, money for other rescue equipment, and slip leashes. You can donate to our group via Paypal at http://donate.duckteam6.org.
Q: There is a stray dog in my neighborhood that I feed. Can you come get him?
If you have a home where the dog will live, either temporarily in a foster home or permanently as someone’s family pet, we will try to help you. We ask that you fill out a “Request for Assistance” form so that we can get as much information as we can about the dog. Once we receive that form, we will contact you and start the process of trying to capture the dog.
Q: I just saw a loose dog. Can you come get it?
We wish we could help every dog in need. Because our volunteers have jobs and other commitments, they’re not able to get to the last reported location for a dog immediately. Dogs are mobile so by the time someone could get there, the dog would likely be gone.
To help the dog, put dog food out, in a safe place away from the road, and begin a feeding plan. Over time, this will result in the dog returning regularly. Once the dog is in a known place, the dog can be captured if there is a safe place to go.
These two links from our Resources can help: http://duckteam6.org/how-to-establish-a-regular-feeding-plan/ and http://duckteam6.org/how-to-help-a-street-dog/
Q: I saw an injured dog. Can you come get it?
If you see an injured dog, call your local animal control. This way, the dog can be taken to a shelter to have his/her needs addressed quickly. In most cases, you can get the ID number of the dog and you can reach out to rescue groups to see if they can help the dog get out of the shelter.
Please keep in mind that we always have several dogs that we are trying to catch at any given time, and we may not be able to “deploy” right away. We all work full time jobs and volunteer for Duck Team 6 in our free time, so our rescue missions are generally scheduled on nights and weekends.
Q: I have a few items to donate to Duck Team 6 such as collars and food, where can I take them?
We have a number of donation bins that you can put your items in. Click here to see our list. Thank you so much for thinking about us!
Q: We’ve saved a street dog in need. Will you share our fundraiser?
A fundraiser is a great way to help a dog get medical care—kudos! Since we aren’t able verify the dog’s need or the people requesting the funds, our policy is to not share non-Duck Team 6 fundraisers on our main page. You can still post on our page. We just won’t share it or promote it unless we know the people and dog involved.
Q: Will you network a dog in a shelter whose life I am trying to save?
At DT6 we all love dogs and we work hard to save lives. We made the decision not to network shelter dogs on our page since our DT6 street dog work would be overshadowed by the shelter dogs. Other ideas for networking include posting on Pawsitively Texas and if your dog is a purebred dog, you can target rescue groups near you by searching https://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/. You can post to our page—however, we won’t share it to our main page.
Q: I’ve saved a dog off the street, will you help me find a foster or rescue group?
Great job! Be sure to make sure the dog is not an owned lost dog. This link has steps you can take . If the dog is a stray, we’re happy to do a courtesy posting of the dog on our Facebook page. Be sure to take a good picture of the dog (clear with minimal distractions in the background). In addition, write a description of the dog with as much information that you know such as friendly or shy, did the dog come up to get petted, what medical needs the dog may have, what vetting has been done to date, etc. Your write up should include your name, email address and phone number. Either post the write up and picture on our page or send the information to email@example.com. We need you to watch the post and answer questions that followers post. This link is a pdf with helpful information on how to find and assess rescue groups.
Q: There is a chained up dog that needs help, can you assist?
Our mission is to help street dogs and a chained dog is most likely an owned pet. While we feel great sadness for the plight of any chained dog, there are other groups whose main focus is chained dogs. The group Dogs Deserve Better (www.dogsdeservebetter.org) is an excellent source of information on how to talk with chained dog pet owners and may even have a representative in your area who can help you.
Q: We don’t live in the Dallas area, can we still adopt a Duck Dog?
We have two important requirements as part of our adoption process. One is for all members of the household, human and non-human, to meet the dog. The other is to do a home visit. These two things are much more difficult to arrange for out-of-town adopters. As a result, we only adopt locally. You can locate dogs in need of a home closer to you by using Petfinder (www.petfinder.com) and specifying your city.