|The Dallas Public Library is one of only two libraries in the country with a pet memorial fund. The other is the Public Library of Cincinnati where the fund was established more than 30 years ago upon the death of a beloved pet of a library employee. The fund was established Dallas as a result of a cooperative effort between the Library and the Texas Kennel Club.
The purpose of the fund is to provide the library with a collection of books and other materials for children and adults on the care of pets. Children's stories about animals are also included in the collection, in the hope that the care of and love for animals can be instilled in children.
A bookplate, containing the name of the pet or person to be memorialized and donor, is placed in the memorial book. Each time a book is given to honor a pet or a person, a page will be added to the Pet Memory book showing the name of the pet or person, the name of the person making the donation, and the date. The book will be permanently housed in the Business and Technology division of the Central Library.
Animal lovers, pet owners or friends wishing to contribute to the fund may fill out the form and send their checks to the Pet Memorial Fund, Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201.