Jessica Benavides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOW: To register for the 9th Annual Southwest Conference on Hoarding, please sign up on Eventbrite:

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit

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