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North Texas Giving Day SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to take part in the 11th annual North Texas Giving Day on September 19, 2019! Every year, the people of North Texas come together to help thousands of local non-profits for North Texas Giving Day, including the SPCA of Texas. Our donors' generosity makes it possible for us to rescue, heal and find homes for more thousands of animals each year. It takes about $800 to care for each animal that comes through our doors. By donating people give us the ability to say yes to do whatever it takes to save an animal's life. Whether it's $10 or $200, every dollar helps save animals! Visit spca.org/givingday on North Texas Giving Day to make a donation.

The giving begins early this year, with scheduled giving starting on September 9, 2019. Plus, get in on the fun today with a personal FUNdraising page! Creating your own page is a fun and easy way to raise support from your family and friends for the SPCA of Texas and our mission to help more animals.

The SPCA of Texas will start off the week's celebrations on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at North Texas Giving Day's North Park Center Family Philanthropy Festival and at Party in the Park: A Fiesta at Finch Park in McKinney. Numerous Dallas County and Collin County non-profits will be there celebrating with interactive activities and live performances.

On September 19th, join the SPCA of Texas and other North Texas charitable organizations in celebrating North Texas Giving Day, presented by the Communities Foundation of Texas. This 18-hour event galvanizes citizens to come together and support local nonprofits through online giving!

North Texas Giving Day: NorthPark Center Philanthropy Festival
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: NorthPark Center, 8687 N Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225

North Texas Giving Day Party in the Park: A Fiesta at Finch Park
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Finch Park, 301 W Standifer Street, McKinney, TX 75069

The community's support is truly inspiring, and gives us all renewed energy to live our mission: to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home. North Texas Giving Day is not just a day. It's a movement that inspires and unites tens of thousands of donors across the world to support their favorite North Texas causes online through www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

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Adoption Special! Adopt a dog 40 pounds or more from July 5- 21 for $20

If you've been looking to adopt a dog from the SPCA of Texas, you're in luck! Starting today, the SPCA of Texas is having a “Mutts, They're Just Like Us” adoption special at its two Metroplex-area shelters. They might not always be followed around by the “puparazzi” but these dogs are stars in our eyes. Just like the celebrities in the magazines our mutts enjoy splashing in the pool, taking naps, eating snacks and hanging out with friends. Believe it or not they're just like us! From Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 21 come adopt your new hang out buddy from the SPCA of Texas; all dogs that weigh 40 pounds or more will be only $20. The new owners of the first 15 dogs adopted under this special will also receive free DNA tests for their mutts! To see all of our available dogs, visit spcafindapet.com/.

The SPCA of Texas has two shelters where you can adopt your new best friend. There are dozens of animals waiting for you at the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas at 2400 Lone Star Drive and at the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney at 8411 Stacy Road. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Regular adoption fees are $125 for puppies and kittens aged 0-6 months and $60 for adult dogs and cats aged 6 months or older. Fee includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older and a FIV/FeLV test for cats 4 months and older, initial flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative, a microchip, 30 days of PetHealth Insurance provided by PetPlan, a free 14-day wellness exam with VCA Animal Hospitals, a free year-long subscription to Activ4Pets, a rabies tag and a free leash.

We hope you’ll visit our adoptable pets online and then visit them in person at one of our shelters. We’re ready to help you find the pet of your dreams!

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Safety Tips SPCA of Texas

Texas summers bring brutally hot conditions, but more than just the heat can be harmful to your pet. Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of July are the top three holidays for pet emergencies because of outdoor activities where pets run loose. Firecrackers, with their loud, startling and scary noises, can also be harmful to your pets’ well-being. The SPCA of Texas recommends these tips to make your pets’ Fourth of July a safe one:

  • Keep your pets indoors with the air conditioner running and the windows closed or keep a radio on to help mask out as much noise as possible. Also try distracting them: follow their regular routine, play with them, give them chew toys or crate them up until the fireworks are over. Make sure they have current tags and a microchip to ensure their safe return should they bolt out of fear.
  • Allow your pets the freedom to seek refuge under the bed, behind the toilet or in the back of the closet. This may soothe them more than cuddling with them.
  • Be aware of neighborhood pranksters throwing firecrackers over your fence to frighten your pet. Also be careful using sparklers, as they can burn animals as well as people.
  • If your pet gets especially stressed or your neighborhood is particularly noisy, you may wish to talk to your veterinarian about the practicality of using tranquilizers or homeopathic remedies.
  • Even if the proper precautions are taken, some animals may develop deeply rooted fears of loud noises after fireworks displays or thunderstorms. Commonly seen effects include: shaking; trembling; excessive drooling; barking; howling; trying to hide or get into or out of the house, fence, or other enclosure; refusing to eat food; loss of bladder or bowel control or temporary diarrhea. If you notice these symptoms in your pet, contact your veterinarian for help.
  • Heat is another reason to keep your pets indoors this holiday. Be sure your pet has access to cool water at all times and never leave pets in parked vehicles.

As always, to keep your pets happy and healthy, make sure your pets are spayed and neutered, that they are up to date on appropriate vaccinations and that you take your pet to the veterinarian for regular check-ups. To learn more or schedule an appointment at one of the SPCA of Texas' low-cost spay/neuter & wellness clinics, please visit www.spca.org/clinicservices or call 214-742-7722.

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Photo Credit: SPCA of Texas ARREST MADE: Owner of 11 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized by SPCA of Texas

Patti Rechelle Coleman, 42, was arrested on Monday afternoon by the Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office on a felony animal cruelty charge after the SPCA of Texas, the Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Constable's Office and the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office seized 11 cruelly treated animals abandoned at a property in Van Zandt County on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Coleman was booked into the Van Zandt County Detention Center and charged with Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals for “tortures an animal or in a cruel manner kills or causes serious bodily injury to an animal,” which is a third-degree felony. According to the Texas Penal Code, torture includes any act that causes unjustifiable pain or suffering. The case has been filed with the Van Zandt County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. A bond of $10,000 was set, and Coleman was released on bail as of June 18, 2019.

To view photos of this case, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3to3w3kkc3ox96z/AACq_1tZrRs9IILLt8jwJEMCa?dl=0.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the SPCA of Texas seized 11 animals, including five puppies, four dogs and two cats from an abandoned property in Van Zandt County via an exigent warrant. The animals were transported to the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center, where they received immediate, life-saving veterinary treatment.

The animals appeared to be afflicted with numerous medical issues, including starvation, dehydration, hair loss, flea infestation, intestinal parasites, eyes issues, ear issues and skin pustules. Many of the animals were so weak that they required immediate intravenous fluids. Two dogs were humanely euthanized at the recommendation of an SPCA of Texas’ veterinarian. One dog, the mother of the puppies, was euthanized due to suffering from extensive medical issues, including extreme malnourishment and decompensated shock. Decompensated shock occurs when the body is unable to maintain proper blood pressure, resulting in the failure of body systems and functions. One puppy was also humanely euthanized due to his suffering and unresponsiveness to treatment.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty on June 10, 2019, and an SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property on June 12, 2019. The investigator observed animals inside and outside of a residence on the property with no access to food or water. All of the animals appeared to be severely underweight and to have been abandoned for a significant amount of time. Upon witnessing the animals’ dire conditions, the investigator executed an exigent warrant immediately.

A civil custody hearing was held on Monday, June 17, at the Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, the Honorable Judge Wade McMillian presiding. At the hearing, Coleman agreed to surrender custody of the animals to the SPCA of Texas. Following the hearing, Coleman was arrested and charged with third-degree felony Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

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Photo Credit: Tammany Stern Gift Giving Party

Fur Ball Chairs John and Lana Payne welcomed dozens of SPCA of Texas donors and sponsors into their home for a Gift Giving Party on June 5, 2019. The group donated some great live and silent auction items for Fur Ball 2019 and they helped raise money to go towards the auction. Thanks to everyone at the party who came together to help purchase a Mediterranean Cuisine Cruise package valued at $9,600!

We are very excited for all of the packages that will be available at this year’s Fur Ball, which includes a trip to Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga in concert, a trip to the Westminster Dog Show in New York, and other remarkable packages! Thank you to our wonderful Auction Chairs Sandra Fite and Julia Howard, Auction Co-Chair Amber Camper and their Auction Committee for working so hard to create these amazing items. We also want to thank Fur Ball Chairs John and Payne, their children and co-chairs, Katherine and Jacob Payne for opening up their home for the Gift Giving Party.

This year’s black tie gala will be held at the iconic Hyatt Regency Hotel from 6:30pm to midnight on Saturday, September 21st. Fur Ball 2019 marks our 81st anniversary of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming helpless animals in the North Texas community. Your support ensures we can stand by our promise to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

Tickets to last year’s gala sold out early, so if you want to be a part of this amazing event make sure you buy your tickets before it’s too late at www.furballdallas.com. If you have any questions about Fur Ball, including sponsorships, please contact Jan Scoggins, Manager of Special Events, via email: jscoggins@spca.org or via phone: 214-461-1830.

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Game of Homes

If you've been looking to adopt an animal from the SPCA of Texas to help you make it through the final episode of Game of Thrones and beyond, you're in luck! The SPCA of Texas is having its final Game of Homes adoption special this weekend at its two Metroplex-area shelters. From now until Sunday, May 19, adoption prices for dogs and cats that have been with us for over 100 days are $8 in honor of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones! To see all available animals, visit www.spca.org/findapet.

Come find the Prince (or Princess!) Who was Promised to bring happiness to your family. Whether you support House Bark or House Puggaryen the SPCA of Texas is ready to help you find the pet of your dreams!

To view and download photos of SPCA of Texas animals on the Iron Throne, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gfgbfqe96ei20fb/AAAM4DEjk5fDgYBIM6jf1MKOa?dl=0.

The SPCA of Texas has two shelters where you can adopt your new best friend. There are dozens of animals waiting for you at the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas at 2400 Lone Star Drive and at the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney at 8411 Stacy Road. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Regular adoption fees are $125 for puppies and kittens aged 0-6 months and $60 for adult dogs and cats aged 6 months or older. Fee includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older and a FIV/FeLV test for cats 4 months and older, initial flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative, a microchip, 30 days of PetHealth Insurance provided by PetPlan, a free 14-day wellness exam with VCA Animal Hospitals, a free year-long subscription to Activ4Pets, a rabies tag and a free leash.

We hope you’ll visit our adoptable pets online and then visit them in person at one of our shelters.

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The SPCA of Texas will be participating in the 9th Annual Hoarding Conference on Thursday, June 6, 2019, to raise awareness about hoarding and how it can affect animals. Presented by Mental Health America of Greater Dallas, this conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gain knowledge about hoarding disorder, teach the community how to effectively approach hoarding and learn about the resources available in the DFW Metroplex. To purchase tickets visit www.mhadallas.org.

Animal hoarding is a disorder that causes people to acquire animals compulsively despite the inability or unwillingness to provide them with adequate care. It is a complex condition affecting both people and animals, often resulting in animals being neglected and people living in unsafe conditions.

The 9th Annual Hoarding Conference: A Multi-Discipline Approach to Hoarding is not only geared toward professionals who deal with hoarding situations, but it is also open to family members and others involved with those who exhibit hoarding behavior. Over 200 registrations are anticipated including professionals in social work, casework, psychiatrists, counselors, code enforcement, animal control, law enforcement and other first responders. Speakers include: Melissa Brentlinger, a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist, followed by Workshops taught by Judge Rodney Adams, Municipal Court, Irving, Texas; Dawn Baxter, City of Dallas Code Enforcement and Senior Inspector for the city’s Community Risk Abatement Team; Theda Redwine, Real Estate professional and instructor, and Jamey Cantrell, City of Plano Animal Services Director. 6.25 Hours CE’s pending: SW, LPC, CE.

Registration for the conference costs $100 per person through May 31st. On-site registration the day of the conference will then increase to $125. Lunch is not guaranteed for day-of registrations.

WHEN: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
9200 Inwood Rd., Dallas, Texas 75220

COST: $100 online through May 31st
On-site Registration $125

HOW: To register for the 9th Annual Southwest Conference on Hoarding, please sign up on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-hoarding-conference-a-multi-discipline-approach-to-hoarding-tickets-59413954738

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit www.spca.org.

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It's time to strut your stuff with your best tailwaggin’ friend and the SPCA of Texas. Come join the party on Saturday, May 11 at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge near Trinity Groves for the 14th Annual Strut Your Mutt, The Race to End Animal Cruelty, presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Hill's Pet Nutrition. Registration is $35 for the 3K Fun Run and $40 for the timed 5K (canine companions are welcome but not required). Get $10 OFF your registration with code LASTCHANCE. Register today at GoStrut.org! Then, take the next step and form a team to help the SPCA of Texas raise money to end animal abuse. Donations may be made through May 31.

Strut Your Mutt, the Race to End Animal Cruelty will happen rain or shine. In the occurrence of severe weather, please check the Strut Your Mutt Facebook page and website for information. The SPCA of Texas will announce if the race has to be cancelled due to severe weather by 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. 

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. The festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. with with WFAA's Demetria Obilor, Carter from 102.9 NOW and Lone Star 92.5's Debbie Alcocer. The Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs, MavsMan and Champ will be there to pump up the crowd and lead the pre-race warm ups. The timed 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 3K walk/fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The goal of Strut Your Mutt is to raise awareness about animal cruelty in North Texas. The SPCA of Texas hopes to continue to positively impact this problem with the support of the community. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit investigates more than 3,700 animal cruelty cases each year, many resulting in criminal convictions. As a result of these cases, the SPCA of Texas is successful in rescuing over 3,000 animals out of harm's way every year in multiple Texas counties.

After the race/walk, strutters will enjoy a live DJ, free mimosas and beer, as well as free hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Fuddrucker's. We will also have plenty of family-fun events for you to enjoy in our Bow-Wow-Bazaar, which will include vendor booths, demonstrations and more!

SPONSORS INCLUDE: Main Stage Sponsor: ISN; Platinum Paw Presenting Sponsors: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, VCA Animal Hospitals; Golden Collar Sponsors: Geico Texas, Guaranty Bank & Trust, The Run Project; Silver Bone Sponsors: Bulldog Mobile Billboards, The Ginger Man, Hollywood Feed, North Texas Honda Dealers, Orangetheory Fitness, Trinity Groves, Walt Disney Pictures “Aladdin”; Strut Supporter: Dogtopia of Dallas - Inwood, Eco-Safe Natural Pest Control Since 1962, RunFar;  Hospitality Sponsors: Dos Equis, Fuddruckers, HoneyLu's, PepsiCo; Media Sponsors: Best of Guide, iHeart Radio, 102.9 NOW, Lone Star 92.5, WFAA TV-Channel 8; Entertainment Sponsors: Dallas Mavericks featuring the ManiAACs, MavsMan and Champ, Radio DJs featuring DJ Mark Cutz.

WHEN: Saturday, May 11 from 7:30 a.m. to noon
Festivities begin at 8:00 a.m.
Timed 5K begins at 8:30 a.m.
3K Walk/Run begins at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Trinity Groves
Base of the Margaret Hunt-Hill Bridge in Dallas

COST: Registration includes free food, beverages, a t-shirt, dog bandana and goody bag.
3K Fun Run- $35
Timed 5K- $40

HOW: Registration is available online at GoStrut.org or you can register onsite the day of the event beginning at 7:30 a.m.

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Strut Your Mutt, the Race to End Animal Cruelty SPCA of Texas Staff

Lace up those sneakers and get ready to strut your stuff with your furry best friend and the SPCA of Texas! On Saturday, May 11th come join the party at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge near Trinity Groves in Dallas at the 14th annual Strut Your Mutt, The Race to End Animal Cruelty, presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Registration is $35 for the 3K Fun Run and $40 for the timed 5K (canine companions are welcome but not required). Register today at GoStrut.org. Then, take the next step and form a team at GoStrut.org and help raise money to help the SPCA of Texas end animal abuse.

The festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. with WFAA's Demetria Obilor, Carter from 102.9 NOW and Lone Star 92.5's Debbie Alcocer. The Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs, MavsMan and Champ will be there to pump up the crowd and lead the pre-race warm ups. There will also be great tunes provided by DJ Mark Cutz of Radio DJs. The timed 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 3K Fun Run will start at 9:30 a.m. Registration fees include a t-shirt, goody bag, and free food, mimosas and refreshments! We will also have plenty of family-fun events for you to enjoy in our Bow-Wow-Bazaar, which will include vendor booths, activities for pets and kids, demonstrations and more!

The goal of Strut Your Mutt is to raise awareness about animal cruelty in North Texas. The SPCA of Texas hopes to continue to positively impact this problem with the support of the community. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit investigates more than 3,700 animal cruelty cases each year, many resulting in criminal convictions. As a result of these cases, the SPCA of Texas is successful in rescuing over 3,000 animals out of harm's way every year in multiple Texas counties.

Pick up the leash and pick up the pace! Register today and help the SPCA of Texas raise funds to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome pets across North Texas.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful for the tremendous support of its Strut Your Mutt sponsors, including Platinum Paw Presenting Sponsors: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, VCA Animal Hospitals; Golden Collar Sponsors: Geico Texas, Guaranty Bank & Trust, The Run Project; Silver Bone Sponsors: Bulldog Mobile Billboards, The Ginger Man, Hollywood Feed, North Texas Honda Dealers, Orangetheory Fitness, Trinity Groves, Walt Disney Pictures “Aladdin”; Strut Supporter: Dogtopia of Dallas - Inwood, Eco-Safe Natural Pest Control Since 1962, RunFar;  Hospitality Sponsors: Dos Equis, Fuddruckers, HoneyLu's, PepsiCo; Media Sponsors: Best of Guide, iHeart Radio, 102.9 NOW, Lone Star 92.5, WFAA TV-Channel 8; Entertainment Sponsors: Dallas Mavericks featuring the ManiAACs, MavsMan and Champ, Radio DJs featuring DJ Mark Cutz.

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Help a Horse Home Challenge Photo Credit: SPCA of Texas Volunteer Photographer, Nina Meir. Nintendo the horse goes through training at Turn About Training in Stephenville, TX

The SPCA of Texas will be participating in the ASPCA's (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help a Horse Home Equine Adoption Challenge, competing for a chance to win some of $150,000 available in grant prizes. The nationwide competition kicks off tomorrow, April 26 and runs through Sunday, June 30.

This two-month-long competition for equine rescues, shelters and sanctuaries is designed to increase adoptions of equines across the country and raise awareness about the lifesaving work that these organizations do to prepare horses for good homes. The SPCA of Texas will be competing against more than 170 organizations for prizes that will be given to the groups who adopt out more equines than they did last year during the same period. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas' Equine and Livestock department follow their Facebook page. To see all available horses, visit www.spca.org/findapet.

The Help a Horse Home Challenge kicks off on April 26, a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26 of that year. Each year the ASPCA hosts a national grant competition to elevate the work of equine rescues that help at-risk horses who have been abused, neglected or are homeless. Since 2014, the ASPCA has awarded equine groups more than $300,000 in grant funding through this competition.