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Game of Homes SPCA of Texas Staff

Winter is here and if you've been looking to adopt an animal from the SPCA of Texas to help you make it through the Long Night, you're in luck! The SPCA of Texas is having several Game of Homes adoption specials during the final season of Game of Thrones at its two Metroplex-area shelters, starting with a special discount on big dogs. From Monday, April 15 until Tuesday, April 30, anyone who adopts a dog weighing 40 pounds or more will receive 50% off adoption fees. To see all available dogs, 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, House Puggaryen, House Labbister or the White Hoppers, the SPCA of Texas is ready to help you find the pet of your dreams! Tune into the SPCA of Texas Facebook page for future Game of Homes adoption specials and adoption updates.

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

Get ready to strut your stuff with your furry best friend and the SPCA of Texas at the 14th annual Strut Your Mutt, The Race to End Animal Cruelty, presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Hill’s Pet Nutrition. On Saturday, May 11th come join the party at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge near Trinity Groves in Dallas. Registration is $35 for the 3K Fun Run and $40 for the timed 5K (canine companions are welcome but not required). All money raised at the run will help the SPCA of Texas rescue, rehome and rehabilitate thousands of animals in the DFW area. Register today at GoStrut.org.

The SPCA of Texas is getting the competition started early with a T-shirt design contest. Starting Monday, April 1, the SPCA of Texas is letting strutters choose the T-shirt design for the race. Runners and pet lovers can vote on the SPCA of Texas' Facebook page until Sunday, April 7. Runners will also receive a special discount starting tomorrow on April Fool's Day. Participants will receive $10 off the registration fee for the 5K or Fun Run with code "NOFOOLING." The discount code will expire on Sunday, April 7.

On May 11th, 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.

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.

In addition to the walk, strutters will also enjoy 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!

Pick up the leash and pick up the pace! 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 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; 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: Gutter Logic, LLC;  Hospitality Sponsors: Fuddruckers, Dos Equis, PepsiCo; Media Sponsors: 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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Dash Down Greenville 2018

WHAT: Lace up those sneakers and get ready to dash down Greenville Avenue in a sea of green! The 24th St. Paddy's Day Dash Down Greenville 5K, benefitting the SPCA of Texas, is tomorrow. You can register online for $45 until the end of the day, then the Race Day price will increase to $50. You can register in person starting at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning or online anytime at www.runproject.org. Use Code: DDGSPCAOFTX and get $5 OFF registration until midnight.

The SPCA of Texas is excited to take part in the annual festivities, which begin at 8:00 a.m. at Central Market on Lovers Lane. The race will be followed by an award ceremony, cash prizes and FREE beer garden available for race participants. Runners will even have the chance to meet some of the SPCA of Texas' adoptable pets out at the race and possibly take home a new furry running partner!

Dress up in your luckiest gear and join the sea of green for the best 5K and post-race party this side of the rainbow. The SPCA of Texas will benefit from the race, so come have some fun for a good cause! For more information such as the race day schedule, DART map, parking information or to sign up, visit www.runproject.org.

WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: Central Market on Lovers Lane
5750 E Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75206

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, 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 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. For more information, visit spca.org.

ABOUT RUN PROJECT

The Run Project includes 10 race events, with an emphasis on both passion for running/biking and for GIVING BACK LOCALLY. Each race bolsters a local nonprofit organization or cause. The Run Project is owned and produced by Racing Systems, Inc.

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Strut Your Mutt 2018 SPCA of Texas staff

Lace up your sneakers and get ready to strut! It’s time for the SPCA of Texas’ 14th annual Strut Your Mutt, the Race to End Animal Cruelty, presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and VCA Animal Hospitals! On May 11th, join more than 3,000 pups and their people for a 5K timed run at 8:30 am or 3K fun run/walk at 9:30 am. Both start at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge near Trinity Groves and cross over the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge!

In addition to the walk, strutters will enjoy mimosas and refreshments, as well as free hot dogs and hamburgers. 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 and what people can do to help animals in crisis. If you suspect animal cruelty contact local law enforcement or report it to the SPCA of Texas. All money raised at the run will support the SPCA of Texas’ wide array of programs and services, and help the organization rescue, rehome and rehabilitate thousands of animals. Take the next step and form a team at GoStrut.org and help raise money to help the SPCA of Texas end animal abuse. Pick up the leash and pick up the pace!

2019 SPONSORS CURRENTLY INCLUDE:
Platinum Paw Presenting Sponsors: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, VCA Animal Hospitals; Golden Collar Sponsors: Geico Texas, Guaranty Bank & Trust, North Texas Honda Dealers; Silver Bone Sponsors: The Ginger Man, Hollywood Feed, Orangetheory Fitness, Walt Disney Pictures “Aladdin”; Hospitality Sponsors: Fuddruckers, Dos Equis; Media Sponsors: iHeart Radio, 102.9 NOW, Lone Star 92.5, WFAA TV-Channel 8.

COST: Registration fee for an individual is $35 for 3K and $40 for 5K (includes free food, beverages, a t-shirt and a goody bag). Sign up at GoStrut.org.

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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 an adoption special at its two Metroplex-area shelters. If you adopt a dog that weighs 40 pounds or more, from Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 17, you will receive anywhere from a 25% discount on adoption fees to a free adoption. It all depends on the luck of the draw! Adopters will get the chance to draw their discount amount out of a lucky hat! 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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The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to announce that it has received a generous grant in the amount of $5,000 from Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, to provide supplies for the SPCA of Texas' new Working Cats Initiative, which is part of the organization’s Adoptions Program. This initiative will prepare indoor cats, who have come in through animal cruelty situations, for jobs in warehouses, storage facilities, offices, police stations, restaurants and other locations that need rodent control.

The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit (ACI) rescued almost 600 cats from inhumane conditions last year. A large portion of these cats were saved from hoarding situations and because they never lived outdoors, they are not good candidates for a traditional barn cat program. They also can't be adopted as house pets or returned to their previous location because they are unsocialized. The SPCA of Texas' Working Cats Initiative will give these cats a second chance by preparing them to be working cats. They will be sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, and ear-tipped before starting their jobs and they will be acclimated to their new environment. The cat’s employer will be provided with food, bedding, a litter box, and litter during the acclimation period and will be instructed on how to care for the cat.

The ultimate goal for this initiative is to save the lives of unsocialized cats. There are many cats in local shelters that are euthanized for being unsocial and because they are not eligible for Trap-Neuter-Return programs. The SPCA of Texas hopes to help 100 cats in the first year of this life-saving initiative. The SPCA of Texas is able to provide exceptional care for these animals thanks to this generous grant from Maddie's Fund®.

If your business is interested in employing a working cat, contact workingcats@spca.org. Learn more about the initiative at www.spca.org/workingcats.

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Critter Camp 2019 SPCA of Texas

Summer break will be here before you know it, and if you're looking for some summer fun for your kids, sign them up to be part of the SPCA of Texas' Critter Camp 2019! Critter Camp is the perfect setting for your child to learn more about appropriate animal care in a fun and educational environment. Registration opens today, so be sure to register online at spca.org/crittercamp.

SPCA of Texas Critter Camp is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about animal welfare, learn how to spot and report animal abuse, play with dogs and cats, make treats and fun crafts for the animals, plus enjoy awesome games, activities and team building. There will also be an opportunity for campers to watch a spay/neuter surgery (optional). Best of all, they’ll meet new friends, both two-legged and four-legged!

Critter Camp is offered in four sessions for children between the ages of 8-11 years old. Each weekly session takes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two sessions will take place at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas and two sessions will be at the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney. Our Summer weekly camp is $295, and includes an SPCA of Texas Critter Camp shirt.

Registration is open and will close when sessions are full. Sessions fill up quickly, so be sure to register online at www.spca.org/crittercamp. Campers must bring a sack lunch from home each day and wear sturdy play clothes.

WHEN/WHERE: 

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

Week 1:  June 10 - 14
Week 2: June 17 - 21

Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center
8411 Stacy Road
McKinney, TX 75070

Week 1:  July 8 - 12
Week 2: July 15 - 19

COST: $295 per camper, per session

HOW: Registration is available online at www.spca.org/crittercamp. For more information, please email education@spca.org.

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SPCA of Texas Support the SPCA of Texas by running the 24th Annual Dash Down Greenville

Lace up those sneakers and get ready to dash down Greenville Avenue in a sea of green! The 24th St. Paddy's Day Dash Down Greenville 5K, benefitting the SPCA of Texas, is March 16, 2019. Registration is $45 until March 10th then prices will increase. Register today at www.runproject.org.

The SPCA of Texas is excited to take part in the festivities, which begin at 8:00 a.m. at Central Market on Lovers Lane. The race will be followed by an award ceremony, cash prizes and FREE beer garden available for race participants. Registrants will receive a soft short sleeve race shirt and 4 inch finisher medal. There will also be live music by Monoculture, voted the city's Best Rock Act of 2018 by the Dallas Observer. Runners will even have the chance to meet some of the SPCA of Texas' adoptable pets out at the race and possibly take home a new furry running partner!

The SPCA of Texas is in need of 100 people to volunteer and help make this year's Dash Down Greenville a success. If you would like to volunteer for the St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville for the SPCA of Texas, please contact Ashley Henderson at ahenderson@spca.org.

Dress up in your luckiest gear and join the sea of green for the best 5K and post-race party this side of the rainbow. The SPCA of Texas will benefit from the race, so come have some fun for a good cause! For more information or to sign up, visit www.runproject.org/events/dash-down-greenville-race.

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If you're looking for love this Valentine's Day, the SPCA of Texas can help you find your "paw"fect match. On February 9th from noon to 4 p.m., join the SPCA of Texas and 102.9 NOW at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas for PALentine's Day! Carter will be broadcasting live and giving away prizes from Noon to 6 p.m. People will have a chance to meet dozens of adoptable pets, including foster dogs that aren't normally in the shelter. They will be the perfect date and you simply won't be able to keep your paws off them!

PALentine's Day is a great opportunity to meet foster dogs who already have experience living in a home! Many of these dogs get stressed in a shelter setting so they live with foster parents until they are adopted, so at this event, the SPCA of Texas is creating a special, calming environment for these dogs and potential adopters to get to know one another. People will have a chance to talk to the dogs' foster parents one-on-one and learn more about an animal's personality inside a home. Oftentimes, foster parents know more about the dog than the shelter ever could, and they are ready to play matchmaker just ahead of Valentine's Day!

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.

Visit our Facebook event page to learn more about the foster dogs that will be available for adoption at the event. You can also visit our website to see up-to-date information on all adoptable animals we have in the shelter. Our staff is ready to help you make a love match this PALentine's Day!

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Photography credit: Thomas Garza Photography James Bias, Mary Spencer, Bobbi Snyder

The gorgeous adoptions atrium of the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center was jammed to the max for the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause event on Sunday, January 27. Guests gasped with excitement as they stepped foot into the shelter, greeted by the SPCA of Texas’ dancing mascots, Snip and Scooter, and the mouth-watering smell of hors d'oeuvres from some of Dallas’ finest chefs. But it was the tail-wagging dogs and purring cats that stole the show for more than 300 animal lovers!

Attendees flocked towards the kennel of three particularly fluffy shepherd puppies, watching as they tumbled around and playfully wrestled with each other, fighting the urge to adopt one on the spot.

Guests pulled themselves away from the puppies to follow the wafting smell of gourmet food from several of the Metroplex’s finest restaurants, including a delicious cheddar and sausage biscuit with whipped maple butter from chef Abraham Salum of Salum, fried chicken deviled eggs from chef Blythe Beck of Pink Magnolia and a savory bacon and scallion farotto with brown butter brioche crumb and white balsamic gastrique from chef Thomas Archer of 3015 at Trinity Groves. Attendees also enjoyed haute cuisine from chef Janice Provost of Parigi, who served caramelized Brussels sprouts with tonnato sauce, yellow currants, pine nuts, persaillade and parmesan; from chef Omar Flores of Whistle Britches, who served a hummingbird cake with hot salted caramel and honey crisp apple; and from chef Hugo Galvan of Casa Komali Restaurant, who served creamy poblano-corn soup with corn tortilla strips and queso fresco. Guests also enjoyed sipping on the evening’s signature drinks, the “Bark-Berry Bliss” by nue Vodka, and the “Puparita” by Playa Real Premium Tequila.

Once it was nap time for the pups, SPCA of Texas Senior Vice President for Development Debra Burns and Paws Cause Chair Susie Swanson kicked off the evening, thanking attendees, the event committee, sponsors and supporters for coming together to benefit the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair and to support the efforts of the Southern Dallas Initiative.

SPCA of Texas President and CEO James Bias then made a very special announcement, calling Mary Spencer to the stage to help him present the 2019 Mary Spencer Humanitarian Award to longtime supporter, Bobbi Snyder.

Upon receiving the award, Bobbi joked she had thought about missing the event because she couldn’t bring home any more dogs! She then told the story of how her family first learned about the SPCA of Texas 50 years ago, after someone took her daughter’s dog. She had called the SPCA of Texas and they helped her get in contact with Dallas Animal Services, who happened to have the missing dog. Years later, her daughter, Stacey Snyder Verbeek, remembered the story and decided to volunteer for the SPCA of Texas. From there, the whole family followed!

“This is an organization that listens,” Bobbi Snyder said, “And that’s why they achieve, they’re big, big thinkers.”

Bobbi then prompted other people to donate to the SPCA of Texas, saying she would match all donations dollar for dollar, up to $100,000! Thanks to generous supporters and donors, the SPCA of Texas raised nearly $170,000 (gross) at Paws Cause 2019 and received the $100,000 match from the Snyder Foundation, making it a $270,000 evening and a wonderful start to the New Year.

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 Southern 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.

Paws Cause 2019 was a tail-wagging success thanks to Honorary Chair Ann Horton Marcus, Chair Susie Swanson, Bone Appétit Chair Giana dePaul and the Host and Event Committees.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful for the tremendous support of its Paws Cause sponsors, including: Presenting Sponsor: Jack Knox; Platinum Sponsors: Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray; Diamond Sponsors: Diane and Hal Brierly, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Sally Ann Jalonick Hudnall, Ann Horton Marcus, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Mary Spencer, Mary and Skip Trimble, and Pat Villareal and Tom Leatherbury; Gold Sponsors: Brunelli Family Foundation, Katy Murray, Penny and Matt Patton, and David Rosenstock; Silver Sponsors: Debra Burns, Candace Rubin Real Estate, Whitney Keltch-Green and Paul Green, Hillary Hurst and Mark Schwarz, J Chester & Associates, Carolyn and David Kubes, Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz, Gigi Potter-Salley, Sharon and Wayne Smith, The Pope Family Trust, Shannon Welch, and Theresa and Tom Quirk; Bronze Sponsors: Steve Atkinson and Ted Kincaid, Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum, Dealey Family Foundation, Durham Family Foundation, Hinojosa Architecture & Interiors, Sue and Phil John, Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher, Sharon and Tom Rhoades, and Mr. & Mrs. Warren S. Wingert; and Hospitality Sponsors: Total Wine, Nue Vodka, and Playa Real Tequila. Special thanks to BestofGuide.com, Ralph Lauren, Theory, Robin Jackson Photography, and KMG Events.

Attendees included Andrea Alcorn, Steve Atkinson and Ted Kincaid, Shelby Bobosky, Amber Camper, Brian Curtis, Russell E. Dealey, Giana DePaul, Bill Driscoll, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Sharon Fancher and Betsy Orton, Gus Hinojosa, Carolyn and David Kubes, Brent Lemon, Don and Cindy Lindsley, Rebecca Marabito, Ann Horton Marcus, Christina Collins Sanders, Nancy Schaefer, Tricia Simms, Bobbi Snyder, Mary Spencer, Mary and Skip Trimble, Karen Urie, Stacey Snyder Verbeek, and Jocelyn White.