Jessica Benavides
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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.

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