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National Community Cat Month SPCA of Texas

There’s nothing scary about it, October is officially Community Cat Month! This month, the SPCA of Texas and the DFW Cat Network are shedding light on free roaming outdoor cats, also known as community cats, and how people can help effectively control the cat population through Trap-Neuter-Return. Follow the SPCA of Texas' Facebook page to learn more about community cats all month long, including how to trap a free roaming cat. The month-long informational celebration will conclude with a free spay/neuter surgery event for the first 100 community cats brought to the SPCA of Texas on October 31st.

There is a direct link between the intake of kittens in area shelters with the number of unaltered free roaming cats in a community, and kitten intake is on the rise. Most experts agree the best and most humane way to manage the outdoor cat population and reduce its numbers is through the Trap-Neuter-Return method. This method involves spaying and neutering the cats, vaccinating them for rabies and returning them to their environment to be overseen by people in their community.

In October, the SPCA of Texas will be performing 100 free spay/neuter surgeries for community cats on October 31st, as well as hosting special events and sharing information about community cats. Here is the full list of National Community Cat Month events:

October 16th: National Community Cat Day
October 26th: Education and Trapping Class
October 31st: Free Spay/Neuter Event

On October 31st, the first 100 community cats will receive a free spay/neuter surgery, ear tip and rabies vaccine. It will be first come, first served. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and pick-up will be at 3:30 p.m. All cats must must be checked into the clinic in a humane trap with your name and contact information (including phone number) attached to the trap. Traps should be covered with a large towel or part of a bed sheet to help keep the cats calm. We reserve the right to refuse service if the animal is contained in an inappropriate carrier.

The SPCA of Texas will cover the costs of these spay/neuter surgeries. To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to rescue, heal and find homes for animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/give.

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Huddle Up, Cuddle Up SPCA of Texas

Huddle up team! If you've been looking to adopt a dog from the SPCA of Texas, you're in luck! Starting tomorrow, the SPCA of Texas is having a Huddle Up, Cuddle Up adoption special at its two Metroplex-area shelters. From Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13 wear your favorite team's sports gear to the shelter and receive half off the adoption prices for dogs weighing 40 pounds or more. To see all of our available dogs, visit spca.org/findapet.

The SPCA of Texas has two shelters where you can adopt your new football cuddle buddy. 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 6 months and older, initial flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative, a microchip, 30 days of PetHealth Insurance provided by Pethealth, a free 14-day wellness exam with VCA Animal Hospitals, 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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Kivo Mobile Clinic The Kivo Mobile Clinic visits various locations across the Metroplex each week

This summer, the SPCA of Texas kicked off our new Mobile Community Wellness program with an event offering low-cost vaccines and microchips for over 200 pets! The focus of the program is delivering affordable and accessible basic veterinary services to pets of owners who otherwise may not be able to provide this care for their pets. By offering these mobile services in various locations throughout the Metroplex, we are able to serve more of the most vulnerable pets in our community, and provide essential resources for the people who love them, through our high quality care and affordable pricing across the Metroplex. To learn more, please visit spca.org/mobilewellness.

The Mobile Community Wellness Program is possible thanks to a generous gift from former board member and long-time supporters Stacey and Don Kivowitz. Their passion for animals and North Texas compelled them to help the SPCA of Texas increase their community work by providing the Kivo Mobile Clinic, a 33-foot veterinary clinic on wheels. Using the Kivo Mobile Clinic we are able to provide low-cost vaccinations, microchips, flea/tick/heartworm prevention, and other preventative care for pets in Southern Dallas and beyond.

From the mid-May launch through September, the Kivo Mobile Clinic has hosted 61 events and assisted 3,222 pets.

The Kivo Mobile Clinic visits various locations across the Metroplex each week, reaching new pets and pet owners in need throughout our community. Businesses are able to request the Kivo Mobile at their location to host vaccination events and more!

For more information on the Kivo Mobile Clinic, including a calendar of locations and a request form for businesses looking to host events, visit our website at spca.org/mobilewellness.

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Disaster Planning Hill's Offers Pet Safety Tips for Emergencies

The SPCA of Texas is joining Hill’s Pet Nutrition and its nation-wide network of animal shelter partners in a campaign to educate pet families about the importance of including pets in their emergency planning. September has been designated National Preparedness Month by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to remind families to make emergency plans to help them respond in the event of a disaster or emergency situation. As families assemble a disaster supplies kit, the SPCA of Texas and Hill’s are encouraging them to also create a pet emergency go-kit.

“Planning ahead is the best way for families to ensure that all members of their family, including pets, are ready to face an emergency,” said Joann Fuller, who oversees Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program. “Creating a pet emergency go-kit beforehand can relieve some of the stress families experience and keep pets safe when disasters strike. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of cats and dogs that are hurt, displaced or abandoned when communities are impacted by disaster.”

The pet emergency go-kit should be stored alongside the rest of the family’s emergency supplies and include the following items:

  • Basic first aid supplies
  • A 3-day supply of bottled water and the pet’s preferred food, held in a waterproof container
  • Safety harness and leash
  • Waste clean-up supplies
  • Medications and a copy of the pet’s medical records
  • List of veterinarians and local pet care organizations
  • List of the pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues
  • Comfort items, such as a blanket or favorite toy, to help keep the pet calm and comfortable

The SPCA of Texas and Hill’s also recommend the following Tips to Help Ensure Your Pet’s Safety in an Emergency:

  1. Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip or collar ID tag, and make sure that all contact information is up to date. You can update the microchip’s contact information at the manufacturer’s website by locating the code from the barcode sticker or the confirmation form provided by your veterinarian or animal shelter.
  2. Display a pet rescue decal on the front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
  3. Learn where your pets like to hide in the house when frightened. Finding a pet quickly will help to evacuate faster.
  4. Identify a location to take a pet in case of evacuation. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
  5. Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
  6. In case of evacuation, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe keeping.

 “The SPCA of Texas is pleased to partner with Hill’s Pet Nutrition to help educate the public on how to care for pets in preparation of a disaster,” said Karen Froehlich, President and CEO for the SPCA of Texas. “Pets are family, and including them in all disaster planning is an important way to ensure you all have what you need during unforeseen disasters.”

When communities are hit hard by disaster and even the best laid plans are not enough , Hill’s Disaster Relief Network responds quickly to supply free pet food to families in need. This first-of-its-kind network was established in 2013 as an extension of the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program, which has provided nearly $300 million worth of Hill’s® pet foods to more than 1,000 shelters in North America over the last 17 years, helping more than 10 million pets find new homes.

Since 2013, Hill’s Disaster Relief Network has delivered over 360,000 pounds of free food to nearly 360 organizations across the country in response to more than 86 disasters, including floods, tornadoes, mudslides and the devastating hurricanes in Florida and North Carolina last year.

Families can view the entire Pet Emergency Go-Kit and learn more tips about disaster preparedness and safety at HillsPet.com/PetPrepared. Shelters in need of assistance can contact DisasterRelief@hillspet.com.

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North Texas Facing Family Violence Conference

The SPCA of Texas will take part in the 17th annual North Texas Facing Family Violence Conference, hosted by the Collin County Council on Family Violence (CCCFV) from October 23 - 25. The annual conference is held to provide an environment where professionals can gain valuable insight into best practices and emerging trends in criminal justice response, victim assistance, education and mental health. The workshops provided at the conference are aimed at addressing the needs of professionals in a variety of different settings and disciplines. Admission is $175 for the three-day conference held at Collin College: Spring Creek Campus and $100 for one day. Prices will increase by $25 on October 1st. To purchase tickets visit ntffv.com.

The theme of this year's conference is Family and Intimate Partner Violence: Responding to Experiences Throughout the Lifespan. This includes recognizing the intersections of race, class, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and nationality. The SPCA of Texas and the North Texas LINK Coalition will have exhibit tables at the conference, where people can learn more about the link between animal cruelty and family violence. Nationally, about 71% of pet owners entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser had threatened, injured or killed family pets. The SPCA of Texas hopes to enlighten people about this disturbing trend and highlight the resources available to victims of abuse in our community.

Featured speakers at the conference include:

  • Dale Hansen, Sports Anchor, WFAA: Emcee of the conference and recipient of the Dallas Peace and Justice Center’s 2019 Inspiration Award
  • Phil Arkow, Co-Founder of the National Resource Center on the LINK between Animal Abuse and Human Violence
  • Felicia Kerney, Esq: Assistant District Attorney, Dallas

Additional sessions include working with trauma, working with immigrant families, what happens after the outcry, sexting, protective orders, parental alienation, support for pregnant survivors, sexual exploitation, abuse in the faith community, case studies, and using expert witnesses.

Jessica Benavides
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Photo Credit: Thomas Garza Photography Julia Howard, Sandra Fite, Jacob Payne, John Payne, Lana Payne, Katherine Payne, Amber Camper

The 21st night of September was certainly one to remember for SPCA of Texas supporters and animal lovers. The Hyatt Regency Dallas’ foyer filled quickly, as hundreds of dapper gents dressed up to the nines and hundreds of lovely ladies wearing their most dazzling dresses and adorned in their finest jewels arrived for the SPCA of Texas’ annual Fur Ball gala.

Greeted by the SPCA of Texas’ signature purple on every possible surface, guests glided through the lobby, glittering as they went, chatting brightly to one another and wishing congratulations to this year’s chairs, John and Lana Payne, and co-chairs, Jacob and Katherine Payne (who also happen to be their children) on a job well done. Sipping on wine and nibbling on passed bites, the joyous group hugged old friends, made new ones and caught up from their summer adventures as a jazz trio, members of Party Machine, set the relaxed yet festive mood for the evening.

In one particularly busy spot, a passel of puppies and a crate of kittens lapped up the love from delighted guests. People maneuvered their way through the throng, perusing the spectacular silent auction items put together by the 2019 Auction Chairs, Sandra Fite and Julia Howard, and Auction Co-Chair Amber Camper.

When doors opened for dinner service and the evening’s program, guests paused to admire a gorgeous ice sculpture in the shape of a dog, thanks to Tito’s the Vodka for Dog People, as they were greeted by even more purple and were beckoned into the ballroom by a sea of flowers, thanks to Simply Elegant owned by Heather Rubin-Evetts, set on gorgeously appointed tables. They floated toward their seats to enjoy their salads of baby romaine and pecan smoked mozzarella with plum tomato dressing.

Emcee Brian Curtis, NBC 5 News Anchor, kicked off the evening’s ceremony, sharing his emotional story that led him to finding his own SPCA of Texas rescue dog, Ocho. Newly named President/CEO Karen Froehlich was next to offer her thanks, praising the hard-working chairs and committees for a wonderful event, thanking the board of directors for their unwavering support, thanking the staff and volunteers for providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home, and highlighting the organization’s accomplishments over the past year.

After a delightful dinner of grilled sirloin, pan-roasted chicken, shiraz demi, yukon potato puree and dessert of chocolate covered carrot cake, the evening continued with the SPCA of Texas enlightening donors and sponsors about the amount of work that goes into rehabilitating the animals that come into their care. Animals like Hercules, who has a medical condition that requires meticulous treatment, and like Mazi, who was abandoned at a truck stop and who will need a wheelchair to walk. Both deserving dogs and their foster families received standing ovations from the crowd.

Another dynamic duo then took the stage, Brian Curtis and auctioneer Grant Snyder, who was flown in from L.A. The zippy pair’s infectious enthusiasm and playful banter prompted the crowd to open up their hearts and their pocket books to set a record fundraising amount for the annual Fur Ball gala auction. Plus, with a little help from Jacob Payne and a dozen other Jesuit College Preparatory senior students, the duo introduced the Russell E. Dealey Challenge. Dealey graciously challenged everyone at the black-tie event to give an extra $100 and he would match their gift two to one, up to $54,000. Altogether, the money would equal $81,000 in honor of the SPCA of Texas’ 81st year!

Fur Ball 2019 then brought the high-voltage fun with headline entertainment by Party Machine, and guests danced the night away.

Attendees included: Sunny Ackerman and Susie Lyne, Steve Atkinson and Ted Kincaid, Wally Brewster and Bob Satawake, Stephanie Carreon-Elliott, Mandy Strauss, Andrea Alcorn, Phyllis Comu, Ron and Anna Corcoran, Peter and Lynn Dauterman, Russell E. Dealey, Robert Dombrowski, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Sandra and Colin Fite, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, Regina Montoya, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Kristen and Scott Greenberg, Gus Hinojosa, Steven and Jennifer Kenny, Carolyn and David Kubes, Cindy and Don Lindsley, Jennifer Lindsley, Donna and Brian Loughmiller, Christine Martin, Sonja McGill, Mary and Matt Metz, Pamela, Lily and Sarah Moayedi, Carol and Ed Nelson, Beth Nunez, Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher, Dhruva and Hiren Patel, Dr. Laura Rabe, Joan Rogers, Christina and Chase Sanders, Hillary and Mark Schwarz, Tammany Stern, Susie Swanson and Kevin Coffey, Mary and Skip Trimble, Karen Urie, Patricia Villareal and Tom Leatherbury, and Anja Woodson.

Fur Ball 2019 was a financial success thanks to Chairs John and Lana Payne, Co-Chairs Jacob and Katherine Payne, Auction Chairs Sandra Fite and Julia Howard, Auction Co-chair Amber Camper and Underwriting Chair Arlene Kirkland. The evening’s production was provided by Nomad Productions.

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 exceptional care and a loving home. All money raised through Fur Ball 2019 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas to help rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals.

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Fur Ball 2019 Kickoff Party Patricia Villareal, Brian Curtis Photo Credit: Thomas Garza Photography

The SPCA of Texas' Fur Ball 2019 will be held this Saturday, September 21 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. The annual gala 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 exceptional care and a loving home. A limited number of tickets are still available at www.FurBallDallas.com.

Enjoy a delicious dinner, dancing with headline entertainment by Party Machine, drinks from this years special partner Tito's Vodka for Dog People and help change the lives of thousands of animals in North Texas! All money raised through Fur Ball 2019 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.

Also to celebrate the SPCA of Texas' annual black-tie event, the Bank of America Plaza will light up purple. Fur Ball 2019 is sure to be the bark of the town thanks to Chairs John and Lana Payne, Co-Chairs Jacob and Katherine Payne, Auction Chairs Julia Howard and Sandra Fite, Auction Co-Chair Amber Camper and Underwriting Chair Arlene Kirkland. The Emcee for the evening is Brian Curtis, NBC 5 News Anchor.

SPONSORS INCLUDE: Joy Sponsors: The Addy Family, John and Lana Payne, Sewell Automotive, and Patricia Villareal & Tom Leatherbury; Kindness Sponsor: Jack Knox; Caring Sponsors: Sandra and Colin Fite, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Dr. Judy and Dr. Randy Kirby, Tito’s Vodka for Dog People, Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. - Hillary and Mark Schwarz, and VCA Animal Hospitals; Companionship Sponsors: Brooke and Greg Alexander, Apple Counseling & Consulting, Carla Brandt, Diane and Hal Brierley, Eric Broughton, Linda Chapa, Catherine A. Corrigan, Hercules Heroes Championed by Hill A. Feinberg, Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc, Julia Howard, Sally Ann Jalonick Hundall, Lily and Sarah Moayedi, Allen Questrom, and Thompson & Knight Foundation; Best Friend Sponsors: John Ackerman, Andrea Alcorn, Alliance Insurance, Steve Atkinson, Ambassador James W. (Wally) Brewster, Debra Burns and Karen Froehlich, CB Choi Family Foundation, Laura Chambers, CityVet, Holly Davis and Joanne McAlone, Robert Dombrowski, Gwen Echols, Essex Association Management LP, Rebecca Farris, Lisa and Christopher Fox, Friends of the Payne’s, Anna Galvan, Pamela Graham and Phil Hixon, Kristen Greenberg, Joe and Maureen Hafertepe & Matt and Mary Metz, Jeri Harvin, Robert Haynsworth, Geoffrey Henley, Hollywood Feed, International Jewelers, David Kubes, Eileen and Ryan Lash, Law Offices of Claire Collins Schwarz, Darlene McCorvey, Ryan McCugh, Bob and Scottie McDonald, Merck Animal Health, Katy Murray, MWI Animal Health, Carol and Ed Nelson, Hiren and Dhruva Patel, Jacob Payne, Norma Payne, Readivet, RKD Group LLC, Chase and Christina Sanders, Marti and Steve Scruggs, Mary Spencer, Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC, Amanda Strauss, Swiss Avenue Women’s Guild, Mary and Skip Trimble, Tuesday Morning, Shannon L.K. Welch, Keller Williams Urban Dallas, Anja Woodson, and Randy Zoetewey, Dexter Hooks & Friends; Underwriters: Chris and Suzanne Austin, Burgundy Swine, Jeff and Jessica Burrow, Russell E. Dealey, JGX Sign Studio, Arlene and Jason Kirkland, Klowns on Fire, LLC, Simply Elegant, The Bouvier Bar, Patricia Villareal and Tom Leatherbury; and Media Sponsor: Modern Luxury Dallas.

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SPCA of Texas North Texas Giving Day

Get ready to give! The SPCA of Texas is pleased to take part in the 11th annual North Texas Giving Day tomorrow, September 19, 2019! Every year, the people of North Texas come together to help thousands of local non-profits, including the SPCA of Texas. On that day, gifts made through the SPCA of Texas' profile page on the North Texas Giving Day website will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000, thanks to a generous gift provided by an anonymous donor. Gifts will also be amplified by bonus funds and prizes between 6 a.m. and midnight, for an 18 hour online giving extravaganza!

Our donors' generosity makes it possible for us to rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals each year. It takes about $800 to care for each of the animals that come 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! Visit spca.org/givingday on North Texas Giving Day to make a donation.

During last year's North Texas Giving Day, 1,926 individuals made 1,956 gifts to the SPCA of Texas, and the organization raised $231,000 and earned a $75,000 match!

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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Photography Credit: Joseph Brewster Trevor Rees-Jones, Jan Rees-Jones, Karen Froehlich

It was a night of champagne, cheers and celebration on Thursday, September 12 at the SPCA of Texas’ annual Fur Ball Patron Party. Ecstatic animal lovers, SPCA of Texas supporters and excited staff and volunteers crowded into the handsome French Country-style home designed by Milan Design + Build LLC in Old Preston Hollow, enjoying the panoramic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows and awaiting a very important announcement, as the early evening sunset bathed everyone in gold.

The 2019 Fur Ball Family, Chairs John and Lana Payne and their children and co-chairs, Katherine and Jacob Payne, kicked off the night’s festivities. John thanked the Fur Ball Committees and Auction Chairs, Sandra Fite and Julia Howard, Auction Co-Chair Amber Camper and Underwriting Chair Arlene Kirkland for their tremendous work and effort on making Fur Ball 2019 the best yet.

Next up was Steve Atkinson, Vice Chair of the SPCA of Texas’ Board of Directors, with a special announcement. The cheerful crowd gasped and applauded as Atkinson revealed that Karen Froehlich, interim President/CEO was the organization’s new, official President and CEO, effective immediately.

“Karen is a dedicated and passionate leader,” said Atkinson. “And, over the past months, it has become increasingly clear that she is the right person to lead the SPCA of Texas as we continue in our mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.”

Froehlich thanked the crowd, saying she is excited for the future of the organization and is honored to take on the roll. Finally, Debra Burns, SPCA of Texas Senior Vice President for Development pumped up the crowd, adding in her thanks to the Payne family and the Auction Committee for such a splendid evening. The night’s surprises didn’t stop there. Burns and Fur Ball Auction Chair, Sandra Fite also presented a special gift to Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones for their continuous support, which has saved the lives of countless animals.

Guests chatted and wandered through the gorgeous home while listening to the harpist, Cindi Horstman, play classical musical and the Beatles interchangeably. Fifteen seniors from Jesuit were there promoting the Fur Ball raffle and providing hospitality. All while enjoying samplings of delightful nibbles, including a tomato bruschetta crostini, grilled beef tenderloin with mini homemade yeast rolls and mini crab cakes served Aioli sauce. Assorted petit sweets and chocolate dipped berries polished off the decadent menu, all thanks to Preston Hollow Catering. All while sipping on wine, thanks to Burgundy Swine, and the night’s specialty drink, the “Corgi Cocktail”, with lemonade, vodka, a lemon wedge and garnished with a mint, thanks to Tito’s Vodka for Dog People.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to Susie Swanson and Milan Design + Build LLC (Scott Trahan and Eric Mistrata) for welcoming the cheerful crowd into the lovely home, which was decorated with various breathtaking, beautiful and exotic purple flowers and stunning greenery provided by Simply Elegant. Spectacular valet service was provided by Gold Crown Valet Company.

The event was held to thank all of the donors and sponsors of the SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2019. The elegant black-tie gala will delight the senses with dancing and live and silent auctions. The SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2019 will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 6:30 p.m. - midnight at the Hyatt Regency.

Guests included Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Steve Atkinson and Ted Kindcaid, Gus Hinojosa, David Kubes, Donna and Brian Loughmiller, Katy Murray, Hiren Patel, Christina and Chase Sanders, Sonja McGill, Christie Choi, Brian Curtis, Russell E. Dealey, Giana DePaul, Lisa and Christopher Fox, Pamela Graham and Phil Hixon, Kristen and Scott Greenberg, Maureen and Joe Hafertepe, Cindy and Don Lindsley, Jennifer Lindsley, John Mayfield, Carol Nelson, Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher, Matt and Mary Metz, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Joan Rogers, Alicia and Alan Skinner, David Soto, Susie Swanson, Karen Urie, Anja and Jeff Woodson, and Randy Zoetewey.  

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North Texas Giving Day SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas is pleased 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, including the SPCA of Texas, on North Texas Giving Day. On that day, gifts made through the SPCA of Texas' profile page on the North Texas Giving Day website will be amplified by bonus funds and prizes between 6 a.m. and midnight, for an 18 hour giving extravaganza!

Our donors' generosity makes it possible for us to rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals each year. It takes about $800 to care for each of the animals that come 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! Visit spca.org/givingday on North Texas Giving Day to make a donation.

Not available on September 19? This year you can schedule your gift to the SPCA of Texas between September 9 and September 18. Your gift will then be processed on North Texas Giving Day when it will be matched and multiplied with bonus funds. 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. Create a personalized FUNdraising page by going to the North Texas Giving Day website.

The SPCA of Texas will start off the week's celebrations on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at North Texas Giving Day's NorthPark 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.

North Texas Giving Day is powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, a 64-year-old community foundation that has produced North Texas Giving Day since 2009. As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Communities Foundation of Texas works to strengthen the community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grant making initiatives. Since 2009 Communities Foundation of Texas' North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $155 million, for more than 2,500 local nonprofits, into the North Texas Community. It is the largest single-day giving event in the nation. The foundation professionally manages more than 950 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants since its founding in 1953.

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.