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This January, the SPCA of Texas is celebrating foster animals and is looking for Foster Heroes who are willing to open up their hearts and homes to an animal in need. When you become a foster parent for the SPCA of Texas you are providing one animal with a comfortable, loving home while allowing another animal to take the foster's place at the shelter. There are a lot of misconceptions that keep people from becoming a foster parent, but this month the SPCA of Texas is trying to debunk these myths.

  • Myth #1: The first thing that keeps people from becoming foster parents is that it sounds expensive, but it's actually free to become a Foster Hero. On top of that, the SPCA of Texas provides all of the supplies you need, like food and treats. We also cover all medical care for your foster pet, and our licensed veterinarians and behavioral staff are always there to help if you have any questions.
  • Myth #2: I already have my own pets. The SPCA of Texas encourages people with pets to foster shelter animals. In many cases, personal pets serve as “helper animals” and make the transition into a home easier for the shelter animal when they’re ready. Most of our animals come from cruelty cases and having a friend helps make them feel comfortable. What they often need most is time, patience and love, which are all things you can easily give them. If you need extra help, our foster team, medical staff and behavior specialists are ready to answer any questions. If you're worried about how your pet and the foster animal will get along, you can bring your personal pets in for a meet and greet to make sure they'll be the best of friends!
  • Myth #3: I don't have enough time. Work seems to hold a lot of people back when they consider becoming a foster parent, but most of our Foster Heroes have full time jobs. Foster pets will miss you as any pet would during the day, but the animals can stay at home while you work. And if you have to go out of town, the SPCA of Texas has a whole network of great foster parents to help take care of your foster pet while you’re away.
  • Myth #4: It's very easy to fall in love with our foster pets and a lot of people are worried that it's going to be too hard to say goodbye. However, you don't always have to return your foster pet to the shelter. Through our Adoption Ambassador program, most animals are eligible to be fostered until adoption, and in this way you would get to hand pick your foster pet’s perfect home! Whether that's with you or with someone else! Plus, you can stay in contact with the adopters and receive updates on how your foster pet is doing. That way, you can know first hand that your foster pet is in a loving home and you’ll still be available to help more animals in need.

Each week the SPCA of Texas will release a new video to debunk these four foster myths on our social media pages. To learn more about fostering with the SPCA of Texas you can go to https://www.spca.org/foster.

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The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to present Paws Cause 2019, “4 Paws at a Time,” benefitting the Southern Dallas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Initiative and the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Clinic at Village Fair. The event will be held on Sunday, January 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the beautiful Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. Tickets are limited, and can be purchased online at www.pawscausedallas.com.

This casual, fun-filled evening is a food and animal lovers dream, featuring 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 3015 at Trinity Groves, Komali Restaurant, Parigi, Pink Magnolia, Salum and Whistle Britches.

All money raised at Paws Cause 2019 will go to the SPCA of Texas’ programs that address the serious loose animal and animal overpopulation issues in Dallas. In particular, Paws Cause raises funds for the following programs:

  • The Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair strategically located in Southern Dallas providing low cost medical services as well as anchoring the overall Southern Dallas effort.
  • The SPCA of Texas' Kivo Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics, which are targeting underserved neighborhoods each week and providing free spay/neuter surgeries to residents in 23 Southern Dallas zip codes. The Mobile Spay/Neuter Vehicles help 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 a better place.

Paws Cause 2019 is sure to be 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 will also present the 2018 Mary Spencer Award to Bobbi Snyder that evening. Named for animal advocate extraordinaire Mary Spencer, the award honors individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in the lives of animals in North Texas. For nearly 20 years, Bobbi Snyder's giving nature has touched the lives of thousands of North Texans and their pets, and she has been a longtime advocate of the SPCA of Texas.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful for the tremendous support of its Paws Cause sponsors, including: Platinum Sponsors: Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, and Jack Knox; Diamond Sponsors: Gwen and Leldon Echols, Sally Ann Jalonik Hudnall, Ann Horton Marcus, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Mary Spencer, and Mary and Skip Trimble; Gold Sponsor: Penny and Matt Patton; Silver Sponsors: Debra Burns, Whitney Keltch-Green and Paul Green, Hillary Hurst and Mark Schwarz, J Chester & Associates, Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz, Gigi Potter-Salley, Sharon and Wayne Smith, and The Pope Family Trust; and Bronze Sponsors: Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum, Dealey Family Foundation, Durham Family Foundation, Hinojosa Architecture & Interiors, and Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher.

All media partners interested in covering Paws Cause 2019 please contact Victoria Albrecht at valbrecht@spca.org by January 25, 2019.

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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Photo Credit: Thomas Garza Photography Karen Urie, Susie Swanson

It was an intimate and relaxed evening for the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause kick-off party at Ralph Lauren on Wednesday, December 5. Guests of Paws Cause Chair, Susie Swanson, and SPCA of Texas supporters pulled their sweaters and jackets tight as they made their way into the warm, welcoming store, happily accepting glasses of champagne as they were ushered in from the cold.

Guests chatted and wandered throughout the store, enjoying the laidback ambiance of the quaint gathering, sipping on Pascal Jolivet’s Sancerre Blanc wine, and snacking on a selection of warm brie on croute with cranberry chutney, mini crumpets and mini apple pies with cinnamon and mini s’mores.

Sincere thanks to Ralph Lauren Manager, Curtis Gribble, and his exemplary, attentive staff for welcoming the cheerful crowd.

The event was held in support of the SPCA of Texas’ Paws Cause 2019, Four Paws at a Time. The fun-filled evening, to be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the beautiful Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, will feature wonderful food from some of North Texas’ finest restaurants, libations, musical entertainment and of course a chance to mingle with some furry friends.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful for the tremendous support of its Paws Cause sponsors, including: Platinum Sponsors: Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, and Jack Knox; Diamond Sponsors: Gwen and Leldon Echols, Sally Ann Jalonik Hudnall, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Mary Spencer, and Mary and Skip Trimble; Gold Sponsor: Penny and Matt Patton; Silver Sponsors: Debra Burns, Whitney Keltch Green and Paul Green, Gigi Potter Sally, and The Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz; and Bronze Sponsors: Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum, Dealey Family Foundation, Durham Family Foundation, Hinojosa Architecture & Interiors, and Betsy Orton and Sharon Fancher.

All money raised through the generous kick-off party at Ralph Lauren and Paws Cause 2019 will benefit the SPCA of Texas' Southern Dallas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Initiative, which provides free spay/neuter surgeries to 23 Southern Dallas zip codes, and the Mary Spencer Clinic at Village Fair, which provides low cost medical services.

Paws Cause supporters, sponsors and chairs and former chairs joined Susie Swanson, including Karen Urie, Penny Patton, Pat and Cindy Ford, Patti Hurst, Chris Hurst, John Bergner, Chuck Stewart, Durane Castleberry, Sharon Fancher and Betsy Orton, Athar Bhatti and Claire Schwarz.

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Photo Credit: Thomas Garza Photography Debra Burns, James Bias, Mary Butler, Alanna Sarabia, Jordan Ortiz

The warm December weather couldn’t stop 300 plus guests at the SPCA of Texas’ Jingle and Mingle Housewarming Party from donning their tackiest holiday sweaters and getting into the spirit of the season on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at NorthPark Center. Clad in cat- and dog-bedecked pullovers and suits, jolly dinosaur Santa hats and festive baubles, SPCA of Texas supporters enjoyed a lighthearted evening while celebrating the 28th annual Home for the Holidays event.

The joyful bunch chatted and enjoyed the laidback ambiance, examining 24 custom-made luxury dog houses and cat condos that were up for silent auction. All while enjoying delightful nibbles, including fresh veggie baguettes, tomato basil and fresh mozzarella skewers and petit focaccia bites with shaved honey ham, and sipping on the signature drink of the evening, Feliz Navidog, which featured Absolut Elyx vodka and fresh rosemary, all from Preston Hollow Catering.

The architectural wonders were built by AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association members for the annual Bark + Build luxury Dog House/Design Competition. Competition Chair Jordan Ortiz and Chair Emeritus Mary Butler announced the winners, with the Purrrch Cat Condo taking home the Top Dog Award for receiving the most bids in the online auction. It was designed by GFF Architects and constructed by MAPP Construction. Also, Dogometry, designed by JACOBS and constructed by K2 Construction, won the Best in Show Award.

Emcee Alanna Sarabia, Co-Anchor of WFAA’s Good Morning Texas, kicked off the evening thanking everyone for their support of the annual event and informing the audience that since Home for the Holidays started 28 years ago, over 10,000 animals have found their forever homes. She called out SPCA of Texas President/CEO, James Bias, for having her personal favorite tackiest sweater of the evening, admitting that she herself is allergic to cats, but the sweater was downright adorable.

The Grinch himself and Cindy Lou Who even made an appearance at the Housewarming party. In a very un-Grinch-like fashion, he even agreed to pose for a couple pictures with the ecstatic animal lovers.

Sincere thanks to NorthPark Center for hosting the Home for the Holidays Bark + Build competition and Adoption Pavilion. So far, the SPCA of Texas’ Home for the Holidays event has raised more than $84,000 to support the SPCA of Texas’ mission to provide every animal with exceptional care and a loving home. The event comes to a close on December 23rd, when the Adoption Pavilion run ends.

The SPCA of Texas sincerely thanks special donors, Bark + Build Lane Sponsor: Dr. Larry and Mrs. Joan Rogers; Bark + Build Competition Sponsor: Blackson Brick Company; Companion Courtyard Sponsor: Hill's Pet Nutrition; and Event Sponsors: North Texas Cheddarheads, Absolut Elyx, Cash Store, Guaranty Bank & Trust, Ron and Sandi Haddock, Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Katy Trail Animal Hospital and Activ4pets.

Guests included: Russell E. Dealey, Carolyn and David Kubes, Dr. Larry and Mrs. Joan Rogers, Steve Atkinson and Ted Kincaid, Brent Lemmon, John and Lana Payne, Alanna Sarabia, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Mary Spencer, John and Kelly Murrell, Phyllis Meyerson and Mike Merritt.

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A puppy finds his forever family at the Adoption Pavilion at North Park Center

The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to present the 28th annual Home for the Holidays event at NorthPark Center from November 16 through December 23, 2018. This signature event brings shoppers and pet lovers together to raise awareness for homeless pets, and to help these wonderful animals find their forever, loving families.

The annual festivities kick off this Friday, November 16th, with the annual Bark + Build luxury Dog House Design/Build Competition and display portion of Home for the Holidays. Twenty-four custom-made dog houses and cat condos will go on display at NorthPark Center on Level One between Dillard's and Macy's this Friday, November 16. These one-of-a-kind pet houses were designed and built by members of the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter and TEXO, The Construction Association.

This year all of the entries will be auctioned off online at spcaholidays.com. You can bid online until 8:00 p.m. on December 2, 2018 and try to win your very own luxury dog house or cat condo! All money raised will go towards the SPCA of Texas' important mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

All entries for AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association's Bark + Build Doghouse Design/Build Competition will be judged on both design and construction quality by a jury panel. This panel includes Dr. Troy Cobb, Veterinarian at VCA Central Expressway Animal Hospital; Mary Spencer, Board Member of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and former SPCA of Texas Board Member; Rhonda Reinhart, Editor-in-Chief of Modern Luxury Texas; Andy O'Nan, Pre-Construction Manager of Sebastian Construction Company; Chuck Sloma, Director of Business Development for the Dallas office at JE Dunn Construction; Don Gatzke, FAIA, Professor for the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, Design Team at Dennehy Architects; and Marc Blackson, President/CEO of Blackson Brick Company, Inc. Awards include: Best in Show (1st place) and the Hot Dog Award (runner up). As well as the Teacup Pup Award, Big Dog Award, Cat Condo Award, Enviro Dog Award, and Doggy Decor Award. Awards will be presented on December 2, 2018 at the SPCA of Texas' Home for the Holidays Housewarming Party.

Additionally, the final prize, Top Dog Award or "People's Choice," will be given to the dog house or cat condo that received the most bids! You can bid online at spcaholidays.com for an opportunity to take home one of these gorgeous pet houses and to cast your vote. The winner will be announced on December 3, 2018.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to NorthPark Center, AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association for their generous support, creativity and friendship.

We sincerely thank our Bark + Build Doghouse Design/Build Competition sponsors, Bark + Build Lane Sponsor: Dr. Larry and Mrs. Joan Rogers; Companion Courtyard Sponsor: Hill's Pet Nutrition; and Event Sponsors: Absolut Elyx, Activ4pets, Barefoot Wine, Cash Store, Fearing's Restaurant, Guaranty Bank & Trust, Katy Trail Animal Hospital, North Texas Cheddarheads and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

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You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about #GivingTuesday! This holiday season, the SPCA of Texas has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 27, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.). Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities. On #GivingTuesday, gifts made online at spca.org/GivingTuesday will be matched dollar for dollar up to $9,000, thanks to a generous gift provided by Northern Trust.

The SPCA of Texas invites the North Texas community to support the animals on #GivingTuesday through donations to help the organization rescue, heal and find homes for more than 35,000 animals each year. It takes about $800 to care for each animal that comes through our doors. Whether it's $10 or $200, every dollar makes a difference in an animal’s life. During last year's #GivingTuesday, 946 gifts were made to the SPCA of Texas, helping the organization raise over $85,000. This year, our goal is $100,000. Hitting that goal means we can provide care for 125 animals.

Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that provides a platform for people to encourage the donation of time, resources and talent. As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. The SPCA of Texas is participating in #GivingTuesday this year to spread the word about the importance of adopting, spaying/neutering and vaccinating pets to alleviate pet homelessness and make North Texas communities and beyond safer and healthier for pets and people alike.

Show your support for the SPCA of Texas on #GivingTuesday, by donating at spca.org/GivingTuesday. All money raised will go towards the SPCA of Texas’ important mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

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(VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX); November 6, 2018 – Yesterday, before a civil custody hearing, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the owner of 110 allegedly cruelly treated animals seized from a property near Canton, Texas on October 26, 2018, for the owner to reliquish custody of all of the animals to the SPCA of Texas. Judge Sandra Plaster awarded the SPCA of Texas restitution in the amount of $31,263.50 to be paid by the owner for the cost of investigation, expert witnesses, housing and care for the animals from the time of the seizure to the hearing in accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The SPCA of Texas will continue to provide rehabilitative care and individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

On October 26, 2018, the SPCA of Texas and the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office seized and the SPCA of Texas took custody of 110 allegedly cruelly treated animals from a property near Canton, Texas. The animals seized include 39 puppies, 35 dogs, 24 cats, 11 kittens and one horse. The puppies, dogs, cats and kittens were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center and the horse was transported to an offsite care facility.

To download photos from the scene, please visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ko1eba3y8lqjhgw/AACCRnhLi6ZGwYCVGvHQk26Ea?dl=0

Many of the dogs were found roaming free inside the feces-filled, urine soaked living room of the residence with no access to food or water. Most of the cats were found inside of a bedroom with several litter boxes full of feces and no access to food or water. More dogs and several litters of puppies were found confined to large, wire crates inside the master bedroom of the residence. Another bedroom held a few cats and a single litter of kittens. Two dogs were kept in a large outdoor pen on the property and the remainder of the dogs were found in the backyard of the residence.

The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level to be 279 parts per million (ppm) inside of the residence. For a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

The animals appeared to be suffering from various health conditions, including hair loss, open sores, eye discharge, long nails, diarrhea and matted fur.

In June of 2018, during an investigation initiated by Child Protective Services, the Children’s Advocacy Center contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding a large number of animals at the property. The SPCA of Texas visited the property right away and was denied access to the inside of the residence. At that time, there was not enough probable cause to obtain a warrant to gain access to the inside of the residence. The investigation continued, and on October 19, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office notified the SPCA of Texas that new evidence had become available during the course of the investigation that indicated unhealthy living conditions and potential animal cruelty. The lead agency, Child Protective Services, working with the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and the SPCA of Texas, was able to obtain probable cause and provide proper evidence of dire living conditions inside the residence to a judge in order to seek a search and seizure warrant. Both warrants were executed on Friday, October 26.

The owners of the animals were arrested at the scene for child endangerment and animal cruelty and were booked into Van Zandt County Jail.

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.

 

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The SPCA of Texas is excited to announce the recipient of the 2018 Mary Spencer Award, Roberta "Bobbi" Snyder. Bobbi Snyder has been a longtime advocate of the SPCA of Texas and was one of the first supporters of the organization's Southern Dallas Initiative, which provides free spay/neuter surgeries to 23 Southern Dallas zip codes.

This award, named for animal advocate extraordinaire Mary Spencer, honors individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in the lives of animals in North Texas. For nearly 20 years, Bobbi Snyder's giving nature has touched the lives of thousands of North Texans and their pets. Her family's foundation, the Snyder Foundation, led the charge at the SPCA of Texas' Paws Cause event last year, which benefits the Southern Dallas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Initiative and the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Clinic at Village Fair. The Snyder Foundation challenged all 2018 Paws Cause supporters to donate and they would generously match all donations up to $100,000. Bobbi Snyder expressed to us that she was moved to provide the match to help elevate excitement about donating to the SPCA of Texas.

The Snyder Foundation has been a constant supporter of the SPCA of Texas, helping the organization purchase an essential heating and AC unit at our Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center, building an outdoor kennel area at our Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, providing medical equipment and supporting the SPCA of Texas' mission to provide every animal with exceptional care and a loving home.

"Bobbi Snyder enriches all of our lives with her generous spirit," said James Bias, SPCA of Texas President/CEO. "Her unwavering support for the SPCA of Texas, fierce love of animals and selfless desire to give back to her community has not only helped local families and their pets, but has helped others realize the fulfillment that comes from giving."

Bobbi Snyder will receive the award at the SPCA of Texas' Paws Cause 2019, Four Paws at a Time. 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.

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, which provides low cost medical services and anchors the overall Southern Dallas effort.
  • The SPCA of Texas' Kivo Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, which targets underserved neighborhoods each week and provides 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 provides 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 wellness services to underserved communities, including monthly community wellness events offering free vaccinations, flea/tick preventative and microchips to residents in the community.

This casual, fun-filled evening features wonderful food from local chefs, libations, musical entertainment, provided 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. To purchase tickets or to learn more about high profile sponsorship opportunities, visit www.pawscausedallas.com.

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Happy Howl-O-Ween from the SPCA of Texas! With all of the gremlins, goblins and ghosts out on the prowl, the SPCA of Texas wants to remind pet owners to keep their pet’s safety in mind this Halloween. Here are some helpful tips to ensure the whole family has a spooktacular Halloween this year:

  • Don’t give any candy to your pets! All forms of chocolate can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Other candies may contain the artificial sweetener xylitol that can also be poisonous to pets. Make sure that all Halloween treats are in a high place and dispose of any leftover candies or wrappers where your pet cannot reach them. If pets consume chocolate or candy, contact your vet immediately.
  • Keep pets away from live flame decorations like candles and jack-o-lanterns, and restrict your pet’s access to hanging decorations such as streamers. Your pet could possibly receive an electrical shock if they chew on electrical cords. If your pet chews on cords, make sure you keep them out of your pets’ reach. Pets are curious and can become tangled or even choke if they chew on the decorations.
  • Keep your pets away from the door when trick-or-treaters arrive so that he or she doesn’t get scared or dart outside. Keep pets in a familiar place with lots of toys and familiar sounds to distract them from the doorbell.
  • Don’t let the family dog accompany the kids on their trick-or-treat outing. Although bringing your pooch may seem like a fun family outing, your pet would likely feel much safer and more comfortable in his or her own home away from all the Halloween festivities.
  • Be careful with costumes. For some pets, wearing a costume can be uncomfortable and stressful. If you dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, vision, breathing or ability to bark or meow. Monitor your pet for signs of discomfort, and if he or she seems distressed, remove the costume and opt for a festive collar or bandanna instead.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and identification tags, so you can be contacted if he or she does slip away during all of the Halloween commotion. In addition to identification tags, ensure your pet is microchipped.

And of course, if the thought of more homeless, unwanted dogs and cats scares you like it does the SPCA of Texas, always remember the importance of spaying and neutering your pets.

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The SPCA of Texas announced its receipt of an $85,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to solely support the medical care and rehabilitation of pets in North Texas recovered from environments of cruelty and neglect such as hoarding, dogfighting, starvation and abandonment.

More specifically, this unique grant will support medical interventions, such as testing, vaccinations, microchipping, wellness medications, extenuating medical treatment and rehabilitation, for some 3,000 animals rescued from abuse. Grant funds are also allocated for upgrading laundry equipment to include a commercial washer and dryer for the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center. "The current washer and dryer do not have the capacity to handle the daily laundry need," said James Bias, President/CEO of the SPCA of Texas. "The increase in capacity allows SPCA of Texas volunteers to spend more quality time interacting and working on enrichment with these animals, instead of transporting laundry to offsite locations."

This grant will allow the SPCA of Texas to continue its work of providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. The organization houses thousands of animals each year that are surrendered by their owners, rescued from abuse and displaced by natural and manmade disasters. Upon intake, rescued animals are brought to the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center where veterinary staff evaluate each animal and create individualized rehabilitation plans. After being medically rehabilitated, these animals are made available for adoption so that they may find their forever homes.

“Every pet deserves a safe and loving home however, sadly, this is not always the case. It’s not often an opportunity comes along to specifically help an especially vulnerable selection of the pet population – those who have experienced neglect and/or abuse,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “That’s why we are thrilled to lend our support to the SPCA of Texas through this grant, that will not only address the immediate medical needs of these pets, but also provide continued treatment and rehabilitation so these deserving pets can find their forever homes.”