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The SPCA of Texas, the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas, is proud to announce new Board members for 2018.

New SPCA of Texas Board Members include John Ackerman, Executive Vice President Global Strategy & Development, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport; and Brian Loughmiller, Partner, Loughmiller Higgins P.C., and former mayor of McKinney. They join the current board members.

The SPCA of Texas’s Executive Board Committee is comprised of Katy Murray, Chair, Chief Financial Officer, A.H. Belo Corporation; William B. Driscoll, Vice Chair, Owner, William B. Driscoll, CPA; Patricia Villareal, Treasurer, Attorney, PatVillarealLaw; Steve Atkinson, Secretary, Realtor, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate; and James Bias, CAWA, SPCA of Texas President and CEO.

Returning SPCA of Texas Board Members include Joy Brawner, Accountant (retired); Ambassador James W. (Wally) Brewster, Principal, Insignias Global; Roberto Cañas, Criminal Court Judge, Dallas County; Gustavo N. Hinojosa, AIA, IIDA, NCARB, LEED AP, Owner, HINOJOSA. Architecture & Interiors; Felicia Kerney, Dallas County Asst. District Attorney; Stacey Kivowitz, Entrepreneur, Business Woman, Philanthropist; David Kubes, Marketing Consultant; Brent Lemon, Attorney, Law Office of D. Brent Lemon; Rocky McKelvey, DVM, Regional Medical Director, VCA Animal Hospitals; Jan Rees-Jones (non-voting), Co-Founder, The Rees-Jones Foundation; Christina Sanders, Assistant General Counsel, NGP Energy Capital Management: Kelly Thompson, Realtor, Ebby Halliday Realtors; and Danny Tobey, Partner, Commercial and Business Litigation, Vinson & Elkins.

Ackerman and Loughmiller were elected as Board members by the SPCA of Texas’ Board of Directors on April 17, 2018 which took place at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, Texas.

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas. Founded in 1938, the non-profit operates two shelters, three spay/neuter clinics, two mobile spay/neuter vehicles, one mobile adoptions vehicle and an animal rescue center, all located in Dallas and Collin Counties, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators who respond to thousands of calls in seven North Texas counties. 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 www.spca.org.

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Photography credit: Thomas Garza Photography (L-R) Susie Swanson, Karen Urie

The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to announce that Susie Swanson will be the Paws Cause 2019 Chair. Paws Cause will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the beautiful Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The event benefits the Southern Dallas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Initiative and the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Clinic at Village Fair. For more information on the upcoming event call Jan Scoggins at 214-461-1830.

Susie Swanson is a Texas native who moved to Dallas in 1975, and is a Senior Vice-President with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Susie is an active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, the Preston Hollow Women's Club and a huge animal lover. She keeps extra leashes in her car in order to pick up lost pups and help them find their way home. Susie has been an active donor and supporter of the SPCA of Texas and Paws Cause for many years.

This casual, fun-filled evening features wonderful food from local chefs, libations, musical entertainment, the always popular Bone Appétit restaurant drawing and of course, a chance to mingle with some furry friends.

Guests will enjoy portable haute cuisine from several of the Metroplex’s finest restaurants.

Paws Cause is committed to supporting the SPCA of Texas’ programs that aim to support the pets and people of Southern Dallas through sponsorships and donations to help address the serious stray animal and animal overpopulation issue. In particular, Paws Cause raises funds for the following programs:

  • The Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair strategically located in South Dallas providing low cost medical services as well as anchoring the overall South Dallas effort.
  • The SPCA of Texas' Kivo Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, which is targeting underserved neighborhoods each week and providing free spay/neuter surgeries to residents in 23 Southern Dallas zip codes. The Mobile Spay/Neuter Vehicles helps communities at risk due to animal overpopulation as well as providing assistance to the elderly or citizens with transportation challenges.
  • Community Pet Program with “boots on the ground” door to door contact educating local residents as to the benefits of humane animal stewardship, as well as distributing pet food and supplies to pet owners needing assistance.
  • Free and low-cost Spay/Neuter and wellness service to the neediest communities, including monthly community wellness events offering free vaccinations, flea/tick preventative and microchips to residents in the community, helping keep pets in homes, off the streets and out of shelters.

Programs and initiatives as ambitious and far-reaching as these not only encourage the health and humane treatment of animals but also serve to make our communities better places.

For more information visit www.pawscausedallas.com

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SPCA of Texas’ 2018 Strut Your Mutt – The Race to End Animal Cruelty

Trinity Groves

Base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Dallas, TX 75212

Saturday, May 12, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

More than 3,000 pups and their humans strutted their stuff, starting at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, on Saturday, May 12. It was part of the SPCA of Texas’ 13th annual Strut Your Mutt, the Race to End Animal Cruelty.

Devoted dogs and happy humans enjoyed their morning jogs and leisurely strolls through the Dallas Design District. Once they high fived the SPCA of Texas’ mascots, Snip and Scooter, while crossing the finish line, participants enjoyed chowing down on delicious burgers and hot dogs thanks to Fuddruckers, cuddling with adoptable SPCA of Texas pets and vising with dozens of vendors. People cooled off with thirst-quenching water and sports drinks while dogs lounged in kiddie pools filled with ice water. Hundreds stayed to celebrate with refreshing mimosas thanks to Barefoot Wine and chilled beer thank to Amstel Xlight.

Top fundraisers include: Madeline Jobst, Julia Howard, Nancy Henry, Melissa Melville, Barbara Dearman, Cathy Swift, Karen Urie, Colin Fite, Robert Dombrowski, and Brendan Doyle.

The successful event wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors: Platinum Paw Presenting Sponsors: Hill's Pet Nutrition, VCA Animal Hospitals; Silver Bone Sponsors: Guaranty Bank and Trust, Hollywood Feed, Orangetheory Fitness, RDS Real Estate, The Ginger Man, Webb Family Foundation; Best Friend Sponsors: Bayer Animal Health, Luke's Locker, Raising Cane's, RunFAR Racing Services, Saint Bernard, The Alexan Apartments, Trinity Groves, TripHound; Strut Supporters: Alphagraphics at Market Center, CareNow, Central Living by David Weekly Homes, Crowe Horwath LLP, Lord Green Strategies, North Texas Honda Dealers; Hospitality Sponsors: Amstel Xlight, Barefoot Wine, Fuddruckers, Honeylu's Coffee, PepsiCo; Media Sponsors: 99.5 THE WOLF, The New HOT 93.3.

Special thanks to our Pup Rally hosts: Addison Ice House, Backyard, British Beverage Co., Ida Claire and Truck Yard.

The goal was to raise awareness about animal cruelty and what people can do to help animals in crisis and funds to support the SPCA of Texas’ wide array of programs and services. If you suspect animal cruelty contact local law enforcement or report it to the SPCA of Texas. To help the SPCA of Texas rescue, rehome and rehabilitate thousands of animals every year, there is still time to make a gift. While the race is over, you can still donate until the end of May at gostrut.org

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Photography credit: Thomas Garza Photography Main entrance to Stanley Korshak luxury store.

SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2018 Kick-Off Party

Stanley Korshak

500 Crescent Ct #100

Dallas, TX 75201

Thursday, May 3, 2018

6 – 8 p.m.

 

Lighthearted guests and a few frolicking puppies gathered for the Fur Ball 2018 kick-off party at Stanley Korshak on Thursday, May 3. Spring showers dispersed and clouds parted in time to give almost 200 friends of the SPCA of Texas a chance to venture out in their spring finery. Fur Ball supporters, sponsors and former chairs joined 2018 Chair Cindy Lindsley, Co-Chair Jennifer Lindsley, Auction Chair Julia Howard and Auction Co-Chair Sandra Fite to enjoy the evening of shopping, sipping, snacking and of course cuddling with puppies. DJ Andy Austin provided upbeat tunes to set the mood.

Guests maneuvered around the jewelry, makeup and shoe counters that had been transformed into bars, enjoying wine, spirits and champagne courtesy of Southern Glazers. Samplings of delightful nibbles, including a charcuterie board, savory goat cheese pizzas and sweet treats such as Matcha Tea Cakes with lavender and honey were passed around, all thanks to Sixty Vines. Those who wandered over to the men’s section enjoyed a warming whiskey with a fresh finish, provided by Knockmore Irish Whiskey. The exceptional staffing was provided thanks to KMG Events.

Sincere thanks to the owner of Stanley Korshak, Mr. Crawford Brock, for welcoming the cheerful crowd. The luxury store was decked out in purple for the occasion as guests and sponsors feted the SPCA of Texas.

The event was held in support of the SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2018, in celebration of the non-profit’s 80th anniversary. The elegant black-tie gala will delight the senses with dancing and live and silent auctions and will feature emcee Brian Curtis, NBC 5 News anchor. SPCA of Texas’ Fur Ball 2018 will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 6:30 p.m. - midnight at the Hyatt Regency.

The event is sure to be a smashing success thanks to Chair Cindy Lindsley, Co-Chair Jennifer Lindsley, Auction Chair Julia Howard and Auction Co-Chair Sandra Fite. The Fur Ball 2018 Honorary Chairs are President and Mrs. George W. Bush.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful for the tremendous support of its Fur Ball 2018 sponsors, including: 80th Anniversary Sponsors: Dr. Larry & Mrs. Joan Rogers; Presidential Sponsor: Russell E. Dealey; Diamond Sponsor: Sewell Automotive; Sapphire Sponsors: Bill and Lydia Addy; Emerald Sponsors: Linda and Ozzie Chappa, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and Katy Murray; and Table Sponsors: Aaron Wallace, Orangetheory Fitness, Marti and Steve Scruggs, Randy Zoetewey and Strickland, Gresham, Chochran PLLC.

All money raised through Fur Ball 2018 will go toward the SPCA of Texas' important mission to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving homes for vulnerable animals.

Guests of the kick-off party included Russell E. Dealey, Susie Swanson, Meredith Perot, Andrea Alcorn, Marsha Pendleton Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Katie Murray, Steve Atkinson and Ted Kincaid, Ambassador James Brewster and Bob Satawake, Brian Curtis, Regina Bruce, Dileep and Rema Sirur, Sam and Pat Price, Sharon Fancher and Betsy Orton, Cindy Lindsley, Julia Howard, Jennifer Lindsley, Sandra Fite, Kristen Greenberg, Ashley Burges, Karen Urie, Giana dePaul, Lisa and Chris Fox, Lana Payne, Anja Woodson, Dan Tatsch, Kirsten Burns, Carol Nelson and Elizabeth and Mark Gardner.

For more information, visit www.FurBallDallas.com

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Photo credit: SPCA of Texas/Madeline Yeaman Top row (L-R): Jocelyn White (2013, 2015), Kristen Greenberg (2016), James Bias (SPCA of Texas President and CEO), Jennifer Lindsley (2017, 2018), Debra Burns (SPCA of Texas Senior VP, Development); Front Row (L-R): Julia Howard (2018), Cindy Lindsley (2017, 2018), Phyllis Comu (2016), Stacey Kivowitz (2013, 2015).

Former Fur Ball Chairs Luncheon

Former Fur Ball Chairs gathered on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas to celebrate the SPCA of Texas’ 80th Anniversary at Fur Ball 2018, to be held on Saturday, September 22 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

2018 Chair, Cindy Lindsley, along with SPCA of Texas President and CEO James Bias, raised a champagne toast to celebrate all of the successes of the former Fur Ball Chairs and the legacy of success they have built for the premier gala supporting animals in our community.

Board member Stacey Kivowitz and former Board Chair Jocelyn White, who both chaired the 75th Anniversary Fur Ball gala in 2013, highlighted the good work the SPCA of Texas does every day to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome pets, and focused especially on the exceptional work that the organization did to help hundreds of pets and their people in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Julia Howard, 2018 Auction Chair, announced that she has lined up some fabulous travel experiences for the live auction at this year’s Fur Ball. Phyllis Comu, 2016 Fur Ball Chair, expressed her excitement and support of this year’s festivities. The entire group joins the SPCA of Texas in being thrilled about this year’s honorary chairs, President and Mrs. George W. Bush.

Tickets, tables and high level sponsorships are now available for purchase online at www.furballdallas.com.

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Strut Your Mutt, The Race to End Animal Cruelty www.strutyourmutt.info

SPCA of Texas Hosts the 13th Annual Strut Your Mutt, The Race to End Animal Cruelty on Saturday, May 12 
Presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Hill's Pet Nutrition


3K Fun Run/Walk and 5K Timed Run Benefitting the SPCA of Texas to be Held at the Base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge


WHAT:
Lace up those sneakers, get ready to roll out with your best tailwaggin’ friend and come join the party on Saturday, May 12 in Trinity Groves for the SPCA of Texas’ 13th Annual Strut Your Mutt, The Race to End Animal Cruelty, presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Hill's Pet Nutrition. Registration is $35 for 3K and $40 for 5K per person (canine companions are welcome but not required). Register today at strutyourmutt.info!

The festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration, breakfast and vendors to visit and activities for everyone. The timed 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 3K walk/fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The SPCA of Texas' Strut Your Mutt race is focused on the Race to End Animal Cruelty. Animal cruelty is an enormously important problem in North Texas, and one that the SPCA of Texas can positively impact with the support of the community. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit at the SPCA of Texas has full-time professional humane investigators, educators, a supervisor and a case manager. The Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit investigates more than 1,500 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.

In addition to the walk, strutters will enjoy mimosas and refreshments, 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, activities for pets and kids, demonstrations and more!

Everyone who registers can also help the SPCA of Texas raise funds by collecting pledges for cool prizes and participating in the individual and corporate fundraising challenges. Online registration will be available until May 11. Top Fundraising Challenge prizes will be awarded to participants who collect the most pledges. Donations may be made for Strut Your Mutt through May 31.

Take the next step and form a team at strutyourmutt.info and fundraise to help the SPCA of Texas. Once you register your team and give it a memorable name, you can set up your fundraising goal, recruit team members and build team spirit through your team page.

CURRENT SPONSORS INCLUDE: Platinum Paw Presenting Sponsors: VCA Animal Hospitals, Hill’s Pet Nutrition; Silver Bone Sponsors: Guaranty Bank & Trust, Hollywood Feed; Strut Supporters: CareNow, Cypress at Trinity Groves; Hospitality Sponsors: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Amstel Xlight, Fuddrucker's, Honeylu Coffee, PepsiCo.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12 from 7:30 a.m. to noon
Festivities begin at 7:30 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 West Dallas

COST: Registration fee for an individual is $35 for 3K and $40 for 5K (includes free food, beverages, a t-shirt, dog bandana and goody bag).
Children 11 years old and under are free, but must register to receive food and a t-shirt.
All proceeds benefit the SPCA of Texas. 

HOW: For complete information and to register, create a team or sponsor an individual or a team, visit strutyourmutt.info.

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The SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause 2018, “Paws About Town 

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6 - 9 p.m. 
Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center 
2400 Lone Star Drive 
Dallas, TX 75212   
 

On Sunday, January 28, the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause, “Paws About Town,” at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center saw more than 250 animal lovers come together to benefit the Southern Dallas Pet Initiative and the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair. The event attendees were welcomed with a purple search light, a purple carpet, dancing dog and cat mascots and real, adoptable, tailwagging dogs and purring cats.

Inside, guests enjoyed gourmet food from some of Dallas’ finest chefs, imbibed luscious libations including the “Purr-ple Rita” signature drink, danced the night away to musical entertainment by Goga, took part in the Bone Appétite restaurant drawing and had their pictures snapped at the Flipbook photo booth. A silent auction of high-end items tempted attendees with fine art, photography packages, pet care products, designer clothing, fine jewelry and more.

Haute cuisine stations from several of the Metroplex’s best restaurants, including Salum, Parigi, Pink Magnolia, Cane Rosso, Whistle Britches and 3015 at Trinity Groves tempted guests with everything from sumptuous savories to decadent desserts.

Paws Cause 2018 was a tail-wagging success thanks to Honorary Chairs Marsha Pendleton Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Chair Kristen Greenberg, Co-Chair Melissa Vullo Bell, Bone Appétit Chair Giana dePaul and the Host Committee, which included: Andrea Alcorn, Jane Arrington, Steve Atkinson, Rebecca Belew, Adam Bell, Diane Brierley, Ashley Berges, Chad Collom, Phyllis Comu, Gwen Echols, Billy Fulmer, Ashley Greenberg, Scott Kramer, Leah Lacey Pasant, LeeAnne Locken, Ann Marcus, Emi McNair, Brian Miller, Christina Mille, Stacey Newsom, Betsy Orton, Becky Pennartz, Dan Pritchett, Penny Rivenbark Patton, Gary Rugoff, Gigi Potter Salley, Abraham Salum, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Angel Semeco, Mark Soto, Mary Spencer, Karen Urie, Shane Walker, Ken Weber, Aundrea Whalen, Mindy Wood, Cathy Vieth and Cathy Zigrossi.  

SPCA of Texas President and CEO James Bias, Paws Cause Chair Kristen Greenberg and SPCA of Texas Senior Vice President Debra Burns took turns thanking the guests and encouraging them to give.

In addition, the evening featured a very special announcement that The Snyder Foundation challenged all Paws Cause supporters to donate and they will generously match all donations up to $100,000. 

“Give as little as $10 and we’ll match with $100!” Bobbi Snyder of The Snyder Foundation expressed prior to the event. She continued that she is so thrilled with the work the SPCA of Texas is doing in Southern Dallas, with the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic and across all programs and services, that she was moved to provide this match so that everyone at Paws Cause and beyond gets excited about donating to the SPCA of Texas. 

This year, generous Paws Cause donors raised approximately $210,515 (gross).

All proceeds from the Paws Cause event benefit the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair and fund spay and neuter efforts in the Dallas community. This includes the SPCA of Texas’ programs that aim to support the pets and people of South Dallas to help address the serious stray animal, pet homelessness and pet overpopulation issues, also supporting the preservation of the bond between pets and people and keeping pets and the community healthy and safe.

Attendees included Sally Hoglund, Russell E. Dealey, Leldon and Gwen Echols, Diane and Hal Brierley, Gigi Potter Salley, Joe Bushkuhl and Mary Spencer, Rebecca and Jim Belew, Stacey Snyder Verbeek, Marsha Pendleton Gray and Dr. Richard Gray and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Prosecutors Felicia Kerney and Steve Wilson.  

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SPCA of Texas Announces Paws Cause 2018, "Paws About Town"

Event to Benefit Southern Dallas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Initiative and The Mary Spencer Clinic at Village Fair


The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to present Paws Cause 2018, “Paws About Town,” on Sunday, January 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the beautiful Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The event benefits the Southern Dallas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Initiative and the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Clinic at Village Fair. Tickets are limited, and can be purchased online at www.pawscausedallas.com.

This casual, fun-filled evening features wonderful food from local chefs, libations, musical entertainment by Goga, the always popular Bone Appétit restaurant drawing, and of course, a chance to mingle with some furry friends.

Guests will enjoy portable haute cuisine from several of the Metroplex’s finest restaurants, including Parigi, Whistle Britches, 3015 at Trinity Groves, Cane Rosso, Pink Magnolia and Salum.

The Honorary Chairs of Paws Cause 2018 are Marsha Pendleton Gray and Richard Gray. The 2018 Chairs are: Kristen Greenberg, Chair; Melissa Vullo Bell, Co-Chair; and Giana dePaul, Bone Appétit Chair. The 2018 Host Committee includes: Jane Arrington, Steve Atkinson, Rebecca Belew, Adam Bell, Diane Brierley, Ashley Berges, Chad Collom, Phyllis Comu, Gwen Echols, Billy Fulmer, Ashley Greenberg, Scott Kramer, Leah Lacey Pasant, LeeAnne Locken, Ann Marcus, Emi McNair, Brian Miller, Christina Miller, Stacey Newsom, Betsy Orton, Becky Pennartz, Dan Pritchett, Penny Rivenbark Patton, Gary Rugoff, Abraham Salum, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Angel Semeco, Mark Soto, Mary Spencer, Kerry Sullivan, Karen Urie, Shane Walker, Ken Weber, Aundrea Whalen, Mindy Wood, Cathy Vieth and Cathy Zigrossi.

Paws Cause 2018 is sincerely grateful to the following sponsors: Diamond Sponsors: Marsha Pendleton Gray and Richard Gray; Gold Sponsors: Diane and Hal Brierley, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Mary Spencer, Trinity Industries, Inc. and Patricia Villareal and Tom Leatherbury; Silver Sponsor: Ann Marcus; Bronze Sponsors: Janiece and Jimmy Neimann, North American Title Company, Candace Rubin, Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz and Karen Urie; Copper Sponsors: Kristen and Scott Greenberg, Katy Murray, Penny Rivenbark Patton, Jack Retro and Skip and Mary L. Trimble; Hospitality Sponsors: Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, KMG Events and Ralph Lauren – Highland Park Village.

Paws Cause is committed to supporting the SPCA of Texas’ programs that aim to support the pets and people of Southern Dallas through sponsorships and donations to help address the serious stray animal and animal overpopulation issue. In particular, Paws Cause raises funds for the following programs:

  • The Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair strategically located in South Dallas providing low cost medical services as well as anchoring the overall South Dallas effort.
  • The SPCA of Texas' Kivo Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, which is targeting underserved neighborhoods each week and providing free spay/neuter surgeries to residents in 23 Southern Dallas zip codes. The Mobile Spay/Neuter Vehicles helps communities at risk due to animal overpopulation as well as providing assistance to the elderly or citizens with transportation challenges.
  • Community Pet Program with “boots on the ground” door to door contact educating local residents as to the benefits of humane animal stewardship, as well as distributing pet food and supplies to pet owners needing assistance.
  • Free and low-cost Spay/Neuter and wellness service to the neediest communities, including monthly community wellness events offering free vaccinations, flea/tick preventative and microchips to residents in the community, helping keep pets in homes, off the streets and out of shelters.

Programs and initiatives as ambitious and far-reaching as these not only encourage the health and humane treatment of animals but also serve to make our communities better places.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about high profile sponsorship opportunities, visit www.pawscausedallas.com. Visit the Paws Cause Facebook Event page to help us spread the word!

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All photos should credit Thomas Garza Photography (L-R) Paws Cause 2018 Bone Appetit Chair Giana dePaul, Paws Cause 2018 Chair Kristen Greenberg, Paws Cause 2018 Co-Chair Melissa Vullo Bell

Paws Cause 2018 Holiday Party 

Hosted by Susie Swanson and Taylor Cousins at Ralph Lauren at Highland Park Village 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
5 – 7 p.m.

Winter-red roses bloomed all around under the magnificent crystal chandelier gracing the entryway of the Ralph Lauren Boutique at Highland Park Village on Wednesday, December 6, where ladies and gentlemen gathered in the holiday spirit to celebrate Paws Cause and shop for friends and family, all to benefit the SPCA of Texas. Guests sipped wine and champagne and nibbled sweet and savory delicacies as they browsed. 

Sincere thanks to Susie Swanson and Taylor Cousins for hosting and to the Ralph Lauren store for welcoming the festive crowd and for donating a portion of the proceeds from the event's sales to the SPCA of Texas. Many of the guests were spotted walking out with armfuls of beribboned boxes and bags, admiring the gorgeous window display featuring the classic Ralph Lauren teddy bears dressed in holiday finery!

Debra Burns, Sr. Vice President for Development for the SPCA of Texas, thanked Ralph Lauren at Highland Park Village and Susie Swanson and Taylor Cousins for hosting the soirée. Burns also toasted to newlyweds Susie Swanson and Kevin Coffey on their recent marriage and presented them with a framed photo of the couple from last year’s event, engraved with “Furever Friends.”

Guests included Paws Cause 2018 Chair Kristen Greenberg, Paws Cause 2018 Co-Chair Melissa Vullo Bell, Paws Cause 2018 Bone Appetit Chair Giana dePaul, Andrea Alcorn, Karen Urie, Susie Swanson, Kevin Coffey, Gloria Snead, Penny Rivenbark Patton, Phyllis Comu, Mary Spencer, Nancy Latner, Sharon Fancher, Betsy Orton and SPCA of Texas Board Member Steve Atkinson.

Paws Cause will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in West Dallas. Honorary chairs are Marsha Pendleton Gray & Richard Gray.

Paws Cause is committed to supporting the SPCA of Texas’ programs that aim to support the pets and people of Southern Dallas through sponsorships and donations to help address the serious stray animal and animal overpopulation issue. For more information, visit www.pawscausedallas.com.  

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Home for the Holidays Bark + Build Housewarming Party

Benefiting the SPCA of Texas

Sunday, November 19, 2017

6 – 8:30 p.m.

NorthPark Center

 

Tacky holiday sweaters were on display in all of their glory as designers, architects, socialites, friends of the SPCA of Texas and members of the American Institute of Architects of Dallas (AIA Dallas) and TEXO, The Construction Association jingled and mingled to kick off Home for the Holidays 2017 at the Bark + Build Housewarming Party on Bark + Build Lane at NorthPark Center on Sunday, November 19th at 6 p.m.

A plethora of delectable delicacies from the sweet to the savory and bubbly beverages, beer and wine were served. The evening's superb staffing was provided thanks to KMG Events and Kristen Greenberg. 

Between grooving to the spunkiest holiday beats, provided by LeForce Entertainment, guests strolled the first floor between Dillard’s and Macy’s at NorthPark Center to view the 24 custom-made dog houses that were created especially for the Bark + Build luxury Doghouse Design/Build Competition and display portion of Home for the Holidays, which kicked off November 13. These one-of-a-kind dog houses on display and up for auction at the Housewarming party, were designed and built by AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association members, and will be there until December 3.

Maura Davies, Vice President for Communications for the SPCA of Texas, began the awards ceremony for the Bark + Build awards by welcoming the more than 350 guests to Bark + Build Lane and sharing the SPCA of Texas’ mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home and to rescue. Davies expressed the SPCA of Texas’s gratitude to Lona Crabb, Billy Hines, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger of NorthPark Center as well as AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association for their generous support, creativity and friendship. She also highlighted the SPCA of Texas’ efforts to rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals each year through its animal cruelty investigations, spay/neuter and wellness services and adoptions. Then, 2017 Bark + Build Chair Jeremy Hogan with Sedalco Construction Services and 2016 Bark + Build Chair Mary Butler, Associate at FKP Architects, introduced all of the award winners for Bark + Build. 

All entries for the Bark + Build Doghouse Design/Build Competition were judged on both design and construction quality by a jury panel previous to the Housewarming event. This panel included Mary Spencer, Board Member of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and former SPCA of Texas Board Member; Miguel Villareal, Senior Construction Manager of Crescent Real Estate; Monica Jacobs, HR Manager of DPR Construction; Rhonda Reinhart, Editor-in-Chief of Modern Luxury Texas; Dustin Clanton, Senior Associate of BKD, LLP; Phillip Craddock, Owner of Craddock Architecture; and Dr. Troy Cobb, Veterinarian at VCA Central Expressway Animal Hospital.

Awards presented include: Best in Show (1st place): D2 Architecture with Suffolk for b•ARX; Hot Dog Award (runner up): FKP Architects and Campos Engineering with Skanska for The Doggy Paddle; Teacup Pup Award: GSR Andrade and TLC Engineering with Rogers-O'Brien Construction for WinneBarco Mini Trailer; Big Dog Award: VLK Architects and Cadence McShane Construction for Bird Dog Blind; and Enviro Dog Award: DLR Group | Staffelbach with MAPP for Wag On Inn.

These winning houses were auctioned live at the Housewarming party by Logan Thomas, Auctioneer and all other houses were up for silent auction the same night. The auctions raised more than $8,000.

Additionally, it was announced that voting is now open for the final award, People's Choice, in the Bark + Build Luxury Dog House Competition at NorthPark Center! Voting is open at www.spca.org/vote through December 3, 2017. This winner will be announced at that time.

Home for the Holidays sponsors include Presenting Sponsor: Dr. Larry and Mrs. Joan Rogers; Event Sponsors: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Kroger and the North Texas Cheddarheads; Hospitality Sponsors: Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Heineken USA and Central Market; Dog House and Kennel Sponsors: Katy Trail Animal Hospital, North Texas Honda Dealers, Lord Green Strategies, Stand Up and Paint, Hollywood Feed and CareNow; Media Sponsor: CultureMap; and Entertainment Sponsor: LeForce Entertainment.

All money raised will go towards the SPCA of Texas' important mission to rescue, heal, and find loving homes for homeless animals. So far, the Bark + Build portion of Home for the Holidays has raised more than $77,000 including sponsorships and auction.