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SPCA of Texas' Fur Ball Gala is One Month Away
In-Person and Virtual Tickets Available Now

 

(DALLAS, TX); September 2, 2021 – The SPCA of Texas' Fur Ball gala is only one month away! Fur Ball 2021 will be held on Saturday, October 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. The black-tie gala will include dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. The one-of-a-kind hybrid virtual and in-person experience will feature mission-focused stories, entertainment and gratitude, all with a focus of raising important funds for the SPCA of Texas in support of our critical work in our community through live and silent auctions packed with fabulous items, the always-exciting Pony Up for Paws and more.

Tickets are available today at www.FurBallDallas.com. There are in-person and virtual ticket options available to ensure supporters can celebrate however they are most comfortable. In-person tickets start at $300, virtual tickets start at $25 and a table for six is $1,800. The SPCA of Texas will be following CDC guidelines to best ensure the comfort, health and safety of their guests.

Fur Ball 2021 is sure to be a tail-wagging success thanks to Chairs Hiren and Dhruva Patel, Auction Chairs Amber and Anthony Sims and Host Committee Chair Rebecca Marabito. The Emcee for the evening is Brian Curtis, NBC 5 News Anchor, and the auctioneer is nationally acclaimed auctioneer Grant Snyder.

Fur Ball is DFW’s salute to the bond between people and their pets and a celebration of the SPCA of Texas’ important mission to provide every animal with exceptional care and a loving home. All money raised through Fur Ball 2021 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas to help rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals and help keep pets in homes, out of shelters and off the streets.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to its Fur Ball 2021 sponsors, including: Joy Sponsors: Sewell Automotive Companies and Patricia Villareal & Tom Leatherbury; Caring Sponsors: Hall Arts Hotel, Hall Arts Residences, Stacey & Don Kivowitz, Northern Trust, Tito's Handmade Vodka and VCA  Animal Hospitals; Companionship Sponsors: Carla Brandt, Eric Broughton, Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc., Holland & Knight, Mijenta Tequila, Katy Murray, Hiren & Dhruva Patel, Marsha Pendleton-Gray & Dr. Richard Gray, Amanda Strauss; Best Friends Sponsors: BKD, LLP, Central Market, CB Choi Family Foundation, Citizens National Bank, Hollywood Feed, HomeAgain, IDEXX Laboratories, LaCroix Sparkling Water and Marsh & McClennan Agency; Pawtraits Photo Booth Sponsor: Premiere Booth, LLC; Tailwagger Sponsors: Ash Grove Cement Company and Independent Financial; and Media/Marketing Sponsor: Modern Luxury Dallas.

For high-profile sponsorship opportunities, contact Travis Hill at 214-461-5158 or thill@spca.org.
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(DALLAS, TX); August 28, 2021 – Today, Saturday, August 28, the SPCA of Texas relocated 32 unowned cats from the Humane Society of South Mississippi in preparation for the imminent arrival of Hurricane Ida.

Photos and videos of the cats transferred to the SPCA of Texas can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/73glzujcl612uom/AABDbVAKyI30HNXkTDekjQvBa?dl=0. 

Saturday morning, the SPCA of Texas deployed a team to Gulfport, Mississippi to pick up the cats from the Humane Society of South Mississippi, pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding between the organizations to provide disaster relief efforts. The SPCA of Texas relocated these cats to its Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas. This is in addition to 28 cats and kittens that were transported to the SPCA of Texas from Galveston County Animal Services on Friday, August 27.

"The SPCA of Texas is proud to partner with other animal welfare organizations and shelters to help animals impacted by natural disasters like Hurricane Ida" said Courtney Burns, Interim VP of Animal Welfare for the SPCA of Texas, "The animals transferred to us will be cared for and evaluated for adoption or placement on a case-by-case basis."

The animals that have been transferred to the SPCA of Texas will be evaluated by SPCA of Texas’ medical and behavior teams and will receive all the care they need. The SPCA of Texas hopes to place them up for adoption in the coming days and weeks. The SPCA of Texas encourages families interested in adding a pet to their home to consider adopting now. By adopting a pet from the SPCA of Texas, you will save that animals' life as well as open up space for another homeless pet in need. To see all pets the SPCA of Texas has available for adoption, please visit www.spca.org/findapet

Those who are unable to adopt should consider fostering a pet to assist the SPCA of Texas with animals currently in their shelters. By fostering an animal, you help create space for another animal in need of shelter and care at the SPCA of Texas. There are multiple ways to foster an animal for the SPCA of Texas, and all supplies are provided to foster families. Learn more about fostering for the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/foster

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, to help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org or call 214-742-7722.
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SPCA of Texas Receives Nearly 30 Homeless Cats and Kittens Displaced by Hurricane Ida Through ASPCA Evacuation Efforts
Homeless cats relocated from Galveston County Animal Services will soon be made available for adoption

 

(DALLAS, TX); August 27, 2021 – At the request of the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the SPCA of Texas will receive nearly 30 homeless cats and kittens displaced by Hurricane Ida at approximately 4:30 p.m. today. The ASPCA collaborated with Galveston County Animal Services to transport the unowned cats out of harm’s way ahead of the storm making landfall. The cats will arrive at the SPCA of Texas this evening and will then be medically and behaviorally evaluated for adoption or placement on a case-by-case basis.
 
"We are proud to partner with ASPCA to welcome these cats and kittens into our care, where they will be safe from the incoming Hurricane Ida," said Courtney Burns, Interim Vice President of Animal Welfare for the SPCA of Texas, "Our organization will provide these animals with the care they need until we are able to find them happy homes in the coming days and weeks." 

“Evacuating animals in the path of disasters is a lifesaving aspect of emergency response efforts because it gives homeless animals a second chance while freeing up resources for potentially displaced pets in impacted communities,” said Susan Anderson, Director of Disaster Response for the ASPCA National Field Response Team. “We commend Galveston County Animal Services for recognizing the urgent need to move these cats out of harm’s way and are grateful to the SPCA of Texas for opening their doors to these animals in need.”
 
Hurricane Ida is expected to bring heavy rainfall and high winds throughout the next several days as it quickly approaches the Gulf Coast. The ASPCA disaster response team is in communications with local and state emergency response agencies and stands ready to assist displaced animals and pet owners upon request.
 
By relocating homeless animals from areas damaged by emergency situations such as this, not only are those homeless animals brought to safety, but much-needed space and resources are made available for displaced pets in impacted communities.
 
As we approach National Preparedness Month in September, the ASPCA is sharing lifesaving expert tips on keeping animals safe during a disaster and urging residents in the pathway of approaching hurricanes to include pets in their evacuation plans. To learn how to incorporate pets into preparedness plans, visit aspca.org/disasterpep.
 
To view all of the SPCA of Texas' adoptable animals, please visit www.spca.org/findapet. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit www.spca.org

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Help the SPCA of Texas Clear the Shelters

 
WHAT: The SPCA of Texas is excited to announce that it will be participating in the NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX Clear The Shelters™ month-long pet adoption campaign. The SPCA of Texas is offering $25 adoptions on all adult (6 months and older) animals through September 12 at its Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas and its Ellis County Animal Care Center in Waxahachie. From September 13-19, adoption fees (excluding equine/livestock) will be waived at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center and the Ellis County Animal Care Center in hopes of finding even more pets loving homes. The Jan-Rees Jones Animal Care Center is open for adoptions every day from noon to 6:00 p.m. Animals are available by walk-in on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are also available for select animals. Adoptions at the Ellis County Animal Care Center will be available by appointment only. Information about available pets can be viewed online at www.spca.org/findapet.

WHEN:
Monday, September 13, through Sunday, September 19, 2021
Noon to 6 p.m.

WHERE:
Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212

Ellis County Animal Care Center
2570 Farm to Market Road 878
Waxahachie, TX 75165

HOW: Animals are available for adoption by walk-in on a first-come, first-served basis. Adoption appointments are also available for select animals.
 
Please browse our available animals at spca.org/findapet and visit spca.org/dogadopt to inquire about a dog or spca.org/catadopt to inquire about a cat.

WHY: "The SPCA of Texas has a large number of adoptable pets searching for homes of their own. By participating in Clear the Shelters, the SPCA of Texas hopes to place more pets in loving homes, making space at our shelters and allowing us to assist even more animals in need." said Karen Froehlich, President & CEO for the SPCA of Texas, "We are grateful for the partnership with NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 and Park Place Dealerships to find homes for our animals."

This is the seventh consecutive year that NBC and Telemundo owned stations present their popular pet adoption initiative to communities nationwide. Since 2015, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39‘s local Clear The Shelters campaign has helped close to 45,000 pets find new homes. Nationally, more than half a million pets have been adopted. Visit ClearTheShelters.com for more information.
About the SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas. Founded in 1938, the non-profit operates two shelters, an equine/livestock center, two spay/neuter clinics, two mobile spay/neuter and wellness vehicles, one mobile adoptions vehicle and an emergency animal rescue center, all located in Dallas, Collin and Ellis Counties, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators who respond to thousands of calls in North Texas counties. The organization does not euthanize for time or space. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other national humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, visit spca.org.

About NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXAS
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXAS is the local NBCUniversal-owned television station serving the communities of North Texas with quality local news, weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports and sports and entertainment programming across all platforms, including the station’s dedicated website NBCDFW.com, its mobile app, social media channels and on COZI TV (Digital 5.2) and NBCLX (Digital 5.3), the station’s multicast channels.

About Telemundo 39 / KXTX
Telemundo 39 / KXTX is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout North Texas. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 39 delivers award-winning local breaking news, weather, entertainment and sports programming across a variety of platforms, including on air, online at Telemundo39.com and via mobile and social media channels.

About Clear The Shelters
Clear The Shelters™ Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Local, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal Local’s NBC and Telemundo owned stations, plus affiliated stations, partner with animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events. NBCUniversal Local’s Clear The Shelters campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX and dozens of area shelters that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Local’s Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than a half million pets finding new homes. Visit ClearTheShelters.com and DesocuparLosAlbergues.com for more information.

 
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Fur Ball Mystery Box

SPCA of Texas Offers Fur Ball Mystery Boxes
Purchase to Receive a Box with Past Fur Ball Auction Items

(DALLAS, TX); July 26, 2021 – The SPCA of Texas is celebrating Christmas in July by cleaning out the Fur Ball auction closet in order to make space for Fur Ball 2021 auction items. From July 26, 2021 through August 1, 2021, those who purchase a special Fur Ball Mystery Box will receive a very special Fur Ball “mystery box” with an amazing auction item or two, SPCA of Texas swag and more amazing items that need good homes. Some of the items may consist of jewelry, autographed items, dog beds, Fur Ball collector’s items and so much more.

To participate, please visit www.spca.org/mysterybox from July 26 to August 1 and choose your selected purchase amount. The mystery box will be twice the value of the purchase. Purchases must be made through the designated mystery box page, as general donations do not qualify for participation. Fur Ball Mystery Boxes cannot be shipped. Mystery Box pick-up will be at the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Fur Ball Mystery Box promotion is happening for one week only, so those who wish to get a box should do so as soon as possible. Each Mystery Box purchase will support Fur Ball and the SPCA of Texas' mission, to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals throughout North Texas.

The SPCA of Texas is looking forward to Fur Ball 2021—a one-of-a-kind experience featuring mission-focused stories, entertainment and gratitude—with the focus of raising important funds for the SPCA of Texas in support of their critical work in the community. To purchase tickets and tables for the SPCA of Texas' Fur Ball, please visit www.furballdallas.com.

For high-profile sponsorship opportunities, please contact Travis Hill at 214-461-5158 or thill@spca.org
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas. Founded in 1938, the non-profit operates two shelters, an equine/livestock center, two spay/neuter clinics, two mobile spay/neuter and wellness vehicles, one mobile adoptions vehicle and an emergency animal rescue center, all located in Dallas, Collin and Ellis Counties, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators who respond to thousands of calls in North Texas counties. The organization does not euthanize for time or space. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other national humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, visit spca.org.
 
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Madeline Yeaman Arnold
214-930-1438 (c)
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SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Photo Calendar Contest
Winners to be Featured in 2022 Calendar

 
(DALLAS, TX); June 22, 2021 – The SPCA of Texas has announced its third annual Pet Photo Calendar Contest, allowing pet owners to share their favorite pet photos in hopes of winning a coveted spot in the SPCA of Texas' 2022 calendar. 

To participate, people can register for the contest for $25 and submit their cutest pet photo. Then, registrants can ask friends, family and co-workers to vote for their beloved pet in the contest to help them win one of the top spots. 

The top 12 vote-getters will be featured as monthly images, and all entries are guaranteed to have their image included in the calendar or on the collage pages. Registrants can make an additional donation during the entry process with each dollar counting as one vote, a minimum of $5. Additionally, people can opt to feature their pet on a specific calendar day by reserving a placement for $15. Registrants can also order additional copies of the calendar for $23, including shipping. Reserving a calendar day or ordering extra copies of the calendar do not count as contest entries. All proceeds from contest entries will help the SPCA of Texas provide shelter and care for the homeless animals in North Texas. 

To enter, please complete the registration form at spca.org/photocontest. Those who would like to submit their entry via mail or in person, please email calendar@spca.org for more information. Online voting closes on August 31, 2021, at 11:59:59 p.m. Mailed votes will need to be postmarked by August 20, 2021, to count towards the contest. 
 
Each entrant will receive a 2022 calendar by mail in November of 2021. Prizes are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash. A photoshoot for the cover of the 2022 wall calendar will be auctioned off at the 2021 Fur Ball Patron Party. 

Learn more about the Pet Photo Calendar Contest at spca.org/photocontest and view the contest rules, or contact calendar@spca.org for more information.
 
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12 Chihuahuas Seized

 

(DALLAS, TX; VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX); June 14, 2021 – The SPCA of Texas removed 12 dogs from a trailer on a property in Van Zandt County, Texas. The dogs were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until they are ready for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.
 
To view images on the dogs on scene, please visit or copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/axjl9c14fe9raza/AAADibFU2nBF9m9kQ_4LkUM_a?dl=0

The dogs were found in a small, filthy mobile home filled with feces, urine and other debris. The dogs did not have access to food or water, and appeared to have been without resources for several days. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level inside of the residence to be 215 parts per million (ppm). For a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

The dogs are suffering from various health concerns, including hair loss, flea infestation, extremely long nails, and several appeared to be emaciated with their hips and spines visible.

The SPCA of Texas was referred the case by the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office on Friday, June 11. The animals' owner was arrested on June 6, 2021, and did not make arrangements for the care of the animals. On Friday, June 11, the Sheriff's Office was alerted of the animals located at the residence of the owner, and then immediately notified the SPCA of Texas. SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigators visited the property on Saturday, June 12 and provided the animals with food and water. The SPCA of Texas made arrangements for a neighbor to assist the following day and gathered the necessary resources needed to remove all of the animals. On Monday, June 14, the SPCA of Texas' investigators visited the animal owner in jail and he agreed to immediately sign custody of the animals over to the SPCA of Texas. Criminal charges are expected to be filed in this case.

For more information on the SPCA of Texas, please visit www.spca.org. To support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to rescue, heal and find homes for animals, please visit www.spca.org/give
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Victoria Albrecht
214-461-1836 (o)
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SPCA of Texas Presents Fur Ball 2021

Announces Event Chairs and Auction and Host Committee Chairs

 
(DALLAS, TX); May 21, 2021 – The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to announce Fur Ball 2021 will be held on Saturday, October 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. The black tie gala will include dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions for over 600 guests. The one-of-a-kind hybrid virtual and in-person experience will feature mission-focused stories, entertainment and gratitude, all with a focus of raising important funds for the SPCA of Texas in support of our critical work in our community through live and silent auctions packed with fabulous items, the always-exciting Pony Up for Paws and more.

Tickets are available today at www.FurBallDallas.com. Individual tickets are $300 and table sponsorships start at $3,000. From now until June 17, there is an early bird table of six special for table sponsorships for $1,500.

Fur Ball 2021 is sure to be a tail-wagging success thanks to Chairs Hiren and Dhruva Patel, Auction Chairs Amber and Anthony Sims and Host Committee Chair Rebecca Marabito. The Emcee for the evening is Brian Curtis, NBC 5 News Anchor, and the auctioneer is nationally acclaimed auctioneer Grant Snyder.

Fur Ball is DFW’s salute to the bond between people and their pets and a celebration of the SPCA of Texas’ important mission to provide every animal with exceptional care and a loving home. All money raised through Fur Ball 2021 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas to help rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals and help keep pets in homes, out of shelters and off the streets.

For high profile sponsorship opportunities, contact Travis Hill at 214-461-5158 or thill@spca.org.
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Madeline Yeaman Arnold
214-930-1438 (c)
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SPCA of Texas Receives $100,000 Grant from PetSmart Charities® to Fund Other Veterinary Services for Southern Dallas Initiative

 
(DALLAS, TX); April 14, 2021 – The SPCA of Texas has received a $100,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to fund veterinary services to dogs eligible through the Southern Dallas Spay Neuter Surge, a multi-organizational effort to improve the lives of pets and people in 23 ZIP codes located in Southern Dallas.
 
The grant funds will allow the SPCA of Texas to provide other care beyond the spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines and microchipping already included in the Southern Dallas Spay Neuter Surge Phase II program. The goal is to provide these other services, over the next 24 months, having begun at the start of this year, to approximately 375-400 owned pets in the target area.
 
“We are proud to support the SPCA of Texas in making quality veterinary care accessible to communities through Southern Dallas,” said Aimee Gilbreath, President, PetSmart Charities. “Providing expanded services along with basic care will allow pets to receive critical routine care while also preventing potentially serious illness and issues further down the road, that often result in costly care fees for pet parents.”
 
Examples of this other care include but are not limited to: additional needed vaccines, mite treatment, orthopedic surgery, treatment for lacerations or abrasions, other general continued care such as re-checks for any surgery or illness.
 
The zip codes include: 75116, 75134, 75203, 75207, 75208, 75210, 75211, 75212, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75223, 75224, 75226, 75227, 75228, 75232, 75233, 75236, 75237, 75241, 75249, 75253.
 
Using grant funds, the SPCA of Texas was able to assist the owner of Roxy, an 8-year-old Boxer. Roxy's owner reached out to the SPCA of Texas for medical assistance, and was able to bring her to the SPCA of Texas' Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic in Dallas to be seen by a veterinarian. Through the grant, the SPCA of Texas was able to provide Roxy with annual vaccinations, a heartworm test, a fecal flotation and subsequent treatment of intestinal parasites, all at no cost to her owner. The routine care provided to Roxy will prevent the likelihood of her contracting a more serious medical condition. To see a photo of Roxy, please visit the following link: 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2exim0t9y4acmyf/AAAe7HthSq-g2AKgmLdlKYgra?dl=0

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to PetSmart Charities and The Dallas Foundation for providing the necessary funds to allow the organization to assist pet owners with the much-needed veterinary care for their pets at low or no cost, which will help keeps those pets healthy and happy in their homes as well as significantly contribute to the health of the community at large.
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Strut Your Mutt T Shirts Choose between two t-shirt designs for the SPCA of Texas' 16th annual virtual Strut Your Mutt: The Race to End Animal Cruelty
Madeline Yeaman Arnold
214-930-1438 (c)
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SPCA of Texas Offers T-Shirt Design Contest and No Fooling Discount for Strut Your Mutt

 
(DALLAS, TX); March 31, 2021 – The SPCA of Texas is offering a t-shirt design contest for the 16th annual Strut Your Mutt, the Race to End Animal Cruelty, presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and VCA Animal Hospitals until April 4, 2021. Supporters can vote for their favorite t-shirt design on the SPCA of Texas' Facebook post and help choose which design is used for the official Strut Your Mutt t-shirts. The winning t-shirt design will be announced on the SPCA of Texas' Facebook page on Monday, April 5. 

Additionally, the SPCA of Texas is offering a No Fooling registration discount from March 31 to April 4. Registrants can use the code NOFOOLING to receive $10 off their registration fee during that time. Visit gostrut.org to register and start fundraising today!
 

The SPCA of Texas' Strut Your Mutt, the Race to End Animal Cruelty, presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and VCA Animal Hospitals, will take place virtually Thursday, May 6 through Saturday, May 8, 2021. The event is virtual, and minimal contact swag bag pick-ups will take place at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas from noon to 2 p.m. The SPCA of Texas is inviting its supporters and friends to register, form teams and raise funds to end animal cruelty, as the SPCA of Texas needs the support of the community now more than ever during these challenging times. To get started right away, visit gostrut.org.

The goal of Strut Your Mutt is to raise awareness about animal cruelty in North Texas. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit responds to thousands of calls to rescue abandoned or neglected animals, many resulting in criminal convictions in multiple North Texas counties. This critical work continues, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

To participate, register and form a team at their all new website, gostrut.org, and fundraise to help the SPCA of Texas. Registration for a virtual strutter with a sport t-shirt is $40, a virtual strutter with a t-shirt is $35 and a virtual strutter without a t-Shirt is $25. Additionally, runners can track their mileage with apps such as Run Keeper and Strava. Once a team is registered and given a memorable name, strutters can set up a fundraising goal, recruit team members and build team spirit through their team page.

Then, between now and May 8, strutters can walk or run from the safety their neighborhoods or their favorite paths, tracks or trails…with their best canine friends by their side, of course! All at their own pace.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to its Strut Your Mutt sponsors, including: Clooney's Platinum Paw Presenting Sponsors: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, VCA Animal Hospitals; Virtual Village Presenting Sponsor: ISN Software Corporation; Arnold's Golden Sponsor: Geico; Dog Toy Sponsor: ISN Software Corporation; Mazi's Silver Bone Sponsors: LaCroix Sparkling Water, Guaranty Bank & Trust, Hollywood Feed; Gritty's Best Friend Sponsor: HomeAgain; and Sam's Strut Sponsor: Higginbotham Insurance; Coco's Virtual Village Sponsor: HomeLight, H4G Designs; and Swag Bag Sponsor: Saint Bernard.

For high-profile sponsorship opportunities, please contact Travis Hill at thill@spca.org or 214-461-5158. For information about the event, please contact Jan Scoggins at jscoggins@spca.org or 214-461-1830.