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WHAT: The SPCA of Texas is participating in North Texas Giving Tuesday Now, a special emergency campaign to aid nonprofits on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, which will be held on Tuesday, May 5 from 6 a.m. - midnight. This is a special campaign of North Texas Giving Day, which is powered by Communities Foundation of Texas. Beginning on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, donors can make their gift early and create FUNdraising pages to rally support for their favorite nonprofits. To make a gift now, visit https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/spca-of-texas.

Three leaders in North Texas philanthropy invite the community join them on Tuesday, May 5, for an extraordinary giving effort for COVID-19 relief and recovery. The Dallas Cowboys, Communities Foundation of Texas, and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas are bringing the global Giving Tuesday movement, #GivingTuesdayNow, to Dallas-Fort Worth with ‘North Texas Giving Tuesday Now.’ On this day, these organizations and others will lead the community in raising funds for the first responders and nonprofits who are on the front lines protecting, feeding, educating, and nurturing those who are most adversely affected by the impact of COVID-19.

North Texas Giving Tuesday Now will be an online campaign that will run on the Communities Foundation of Texas North Texas Giving Day platform. Donors can support the targeted relief and recovery funds with a gift of any amount, give directly to organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, and/or support the needs of more than 3,000 local nonprofits that participated in North Texas Giving Day 2019. 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 5, 2020, from 6 a.m. to midnight

Beginning on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, donors can make their gift early and create FUNdraising pages to rally support for their favorite nonprofits.

HOW: Visit https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/spca-of-texas to make a gift now and learn more about supporting the SPCA of Texas for North Texas Giving Day Now.

WHY: All charitable organizations, including the SPCA of Texas, are reeling from the devastating impact of this global health emergency. From food pantries, to medical support and financial assistance, to displaced workers and educational programming challenges, there are people in our communities facing real needs, right now. Organizations that relied on spring campaigns and in-person experiences are particularly vulnerable right now with mass closures and indefinite shutdown. The needs are diverse and they are many, and these organizations urgently need support.

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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 in Dallas

WHAT: Get ready to strut your stuff with your furry best friend and the SPCA of Texas at the 15th Annual Strut Your Mutt, The Race to End Animal Cruelty, presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Hill’s Pet Nutrition. On Saturday, May 9th 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 through Strut Your Mutt will help the SPCA of Texas rescue, rehome and rehabilitate thousands of animals in the DFW area. Register today, and start fundraising for the cause at gostrut.org! Online registration will be available until May 9.

The day-of festivities kick-off at 7:30 a.m. with registration and music provided by DJ Mark Cutz and DJ Inzo from Radio DJs. Then, head to the Revamped Security - Authorized ADT Dealer Main Stage for pre-race warm-ups with emcees from 106.1 KISS FM, 102.9 NOW and Lone Star 92.5 and the Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs. 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' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit rescues more than 2,500 animals from cruelty each year, many resulting in criminal convictions in multiple North Texas counties. The SPCA of Texas hopes to continue to positively impact this issue with the support of the community. 

All registrants can do even more help the SPCA of Texas raise funds for its critical work supporting our community’s most vulnerable pets and their people by participating in the individual and corporate fundraising challenges for cool prizes. 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.

In addition to the walk and run, strutters will enjoy refreshments, as well as free food. There will also be plenty of family fun events for you to enjoy in our Bow-Wow-Bazaar and Meow Market, which will include vendor booths, activities for pets and kids, demonstrations and more!

The SPCA of Texas invites the community to take the next step and form a team at gostrut.org 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. Strutters can also download the official Strut Your Mutt app for both iPhone and Android devices by visiting http://spcatx.app.link/, making it even easier to fundraise! 

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to its Strut Your Mutt sponsors, including: Presenting Sponsors: VCA Animal Hospitals, Hill’s Pet Nutrition; Main Stage Sponsor: Revamped Security - Authorized ADT Dealer; Registration/Beer Tent Sponsor: Guaranty Bank & Trust; VIP Food Tent Sponsor: ISN; Photo Booth Sponsor: GEICO Texas; Dog Toy Sponsor: ISN; Water Station Sponsor: North Texas Honda Dealers; Pooch Partner Sponsor: Dash Down Greenville; Media Sponsors: iHeart Radio, 106.1 KISS FM, Lone Star 92.5, 102.9 NOW; Entertainment Sponsors: Dallas Mavericks ManiAACs, DJ Mark Cutz and DJ Inzo from Radio DJs.

For high-profile sponsorship opportunities, please contact Victoria Albrecht at valbrecht@spca.org or 214-461-1846.

WHEN: Saturday, May 9 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.
Children 11 years old and under are free, but must register to receive food and a t-shirt.
Pets are also free, but must be leashed at all times.
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 gostrut.org. Download the official Strut Your Mutt app for both iPhone and Android devices by visiting http://spcatx.app.link/.

 
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

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SPCA OF TEXAS
(214) 742-SPCA * FAX (214) 461-1801

Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center,
Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic
and Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center
2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212

Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and
Animal Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
4830 Village Fair Drive, Dallas, TX 75224

Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center
and Spay/Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic
8411 FM 720, McKinney, TX 75070

 

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25th Anniversary Dash Down Greenville www.runproject.org

Dash Down Greenville and Support the SPCA of Texas!
25th Annual St. Paddy's Day Dash Down Greenville 5K is March 14, 2020

 

(DALLAS, TX), February 21, 2020 -- Lace up your luckiest running shoes and get ready to dash down Greenville Avenue in a sea of green! The 25th Annual St. Paddy's Day Dash Down Greenville 5K, benefitting the SPCA of Texas, is March 14, 2020. Registration is $35 until March 8th then prices will increase. Register today at www.runproject.org. When you register, be sure to choose the SPCA of Texas as the beneficiary. 

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 a FREE beer garden available for race participants. Registrants will receive a soft short sleeve race shirt and a special 25th anniversary finisher medal. There will also be live music by Division 80, games and a donut eating contest!

The SPCA of Texas is in need of 100 people to volunteer and help make this year's Dash Down Greenville a success. Plus, the SPCA of Texas will receive a $20 donation for EVERY volunteer that participates! All volunteer shifts are from 5am-11am, rain or shine. Volunteer assignments are given upon arrival and include tasks like bag check, registration, course monitors, beer garden, cheer stations, etc. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt as well as a swag bag at the end of their shift! When you volunteer, not only will you be helping to make the event a success, but you will be helping the SPCA of Texas receive donations, which helps us in our critical work providing vital services to our community’s most vulnerable pets and their people. 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.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.runproject.org.

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 is a series of athletic events, with an emphasis on both a passion for running/biking and for GIVING BACK LOCALLY. Our events bolster local nonprofit organizations and causes with the goal of bringing a sense of community to everyone we serve. The Run Project is owned and produced by Racing Systems, Inc. For more information visit www.runproject.org

 

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SPCA OF TEXAS
(214) 742-SPCA * FAX (214) 461-1801

Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center,
Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic
and Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center
2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212

Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and
Animal Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
4830 Village Fair Drive, Dallas, TX 75224

Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center
and Spay/Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinic
8411 FM 720, McKinney, TX 75070

 

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Group.jpg L-R: Russell E. Dealey, Debra Burns, Karen Urie, Jody Jones, Mary Spencer, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray

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, jackets and suits and getting into the spirit of the season on Sunday, December 8, 2018 at NorthPark Center. SPCA of Texas supporters enjoyed a lighthearted evening while celebrating the 29th 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, to name a few, and sipping on the signature drink of the evening, Merry Berry Pooch Punch, which featured Jameson Whiskey, cranberry juice, ginger beer, cranberries and fresh rosemary, all from Preston Hollow Catering. As guests nibbled and sipped, DJ Mark Cutz from Radiodjs.com played an awesome variety of party music, and even throw in some favorite holiday classics.

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 “Fetch House” taking home the Top Dog (People’s Choice) Award for receiving the most votes online. It was designed by CallisonRTKL and constructed by AECOM Hunt. Also, “TranquiliTea House,” designed by Leo Daly and constructed by Batson Cook, won the Best in Show Award.

Emcee Donovan Lewis from Sportsradio 1310 AM/96.7 FM The Ticket, kicked off the evening thanking everyone for their support of the annual event and informing the audience that since Home for the Holidays started 29 years ago, over 10,000 animals have found their forever homes. He called out another guest for having his personal favorite tackiest sweater of the evening, adding that he love it because it was the exact same one he had on…featuring a reindeer, sporting sunglasses, with lights on its antlers that said “Let it Glow!”

Lewis then introduced Debra Burns, SPCA of Texas’ Senior Vice President for Development, who thanked everyone for coming, inviting them to bid high on the pet houses and make a gift to help the SPCA of Texas care for North Texas’ neediest pets and introducing Mrs. Joan Rogers. Rogers said a few words of thanks, and, in a sweet moment of holiday merriment, Burns led an impromptu holiday sing along!

Sincere thanks to NorthPark Center for hosting the Home for the Holidays Bark + Build competition and Adoption Pavilion, and to AIA Dallas, and TEXO, The Construction Association for their generous support, creativity, and friendship in making Bark + Build possible. So far, the SPCA of Texas’ Home for the Holidays event has raised more than $87,000 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; Companion Courtyard Sponsor: Hill's Pet Nutrition, as well as our Home for the Holidays Sponsors: Guaranty Bank and Trust, Jameson Black Barrel, North Texas Cheddarheads, Sewell Automotive Companies, VCA Animal Hospitals, Pet Supermarket, and Barefoot Wine.

Guests included: Russell E. Dealey, Mrs. Joan Rogers, Mary Spencer, Karen Urie, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Patricia Villareal and Tom Leatherbury, Mike and Catherine Merritt, Sandra and Colin Fite, Robert Dombrowski, Rick and Beverly Fetterman, Judge Clay Jenkins, Jody Jones, Denise Wallace, Bill Driscoll, Mary Butler, Jordan Ortiz and Cathy Boldt.

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Crystallis Designed by 5G Studio Collaborative. Constructed by Kalterra Construction, LLC.

The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to present the 29th annual Home for the Holidays event at NorthPark Center from November 21 through December 23, 2019. 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 Thursday, November 21 with the annual Bark + Build Luxury Dog House and Cat Condo 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 Thursday, November 21. These one-of-a-kind pet houses were designed and built by members of the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter (AIA Dallas) and TEXO, The Construction Association.

All of the entries will be auctioned off online at spcaholidays.com. You can bid online and also vote for your favorite house or condo until 8 p.m. on December 8, 2019! 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. Awards include: Best in Show (1st place) and the Hot Dog Award (runner up). As well as the Teacup Pup Award, Doggy Decor Award, Big Dog Award and the Cat Condo Award.

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 votes! You can bid online at spcaholidays.com for an opportunity to take home one of these gorgeous pet houses and to cast your vote. Awards will be announced on December 8, 2019 at the SPCA of Texas' Home for the Holidays Jingle and Mingle Party.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to NorthPark Center, AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association for their generous support, creativity and friendship. We are also grateful to the Bark + Build Lane Sponsor Dr. Larry and Mrs. Joan Rogers, Companion Courtyard Sponsor Hill’s Pet Nutrition, as well as our Home for the Holiday Sponsors: Guaranty Bank and Trust, Jameson Black Barrel, North Texas Cheddarheads, Sewell Automotive Companies and VCA Animal Hospitals. For more information on the event, please visit spcaholidays.com.

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Giving Tuesday #GivingTuesday is December 3, 2019

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday?! This holiday season, the SPCA of Texas has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that celebrates generosity worldwide! Occurring this year on December 3, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, following Black Friday and Cyber Monday which kick-off the holiday giving season. On #GivingTuesday, gifts made online at spca.org/GivingTuesday will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000, 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 thousands of 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, 747 gifts were made to the SPCA of Texas, helping the organization raise over $97,000. This year, the goal is $100,000.

Entering its eighth 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 serve the most vulnerable animals in our community and make North Texas 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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Community Cat Month SPCA of Texas

There’s nothing scary about it, tomorrow the SPCA of Texas is ending Community Cat Month with a free/spay neuter event for free roaming outdoor cats. This month, the SPCA of Texas and the DFW Cat Networkshed light on free roaming outdoor cats, also known as community cats, and how people can help effectively control the cat population through Trap-Neuter-Return. The month-long informational celebration will conclude with a free spay/neuter surgery event for the first 100 community cats brought to the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center.

There is a direct link between the intake of kittens in area shelters with the number of unaltered free roaming cats in a community, and kitten intake is on the rise. Most experts agree the best and most humane way to manage the outdoor cat population and reduce its numbers is through the Trap-Neuter-Return method. This method involves spaying and neutering the cats, vaccinating them for rabies and returning them to their environment to be overseen by people in their community.

On October 31st, the first 100 community cats will receive a free spay/neuter surgery, ear tip and rabies vaccine. It will be first come, first served. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and pick-up will be at 3:30 p.m. All cats must be checked into the clinic in a humane trap with your name and contact information (including phone number) attached to the trap. Traps should be covered with a large towel or part of a bed sheet to help keep the cats calm. We reserve the right to refuse service if the animal is contained in an inappropriate carrier.

The SPCA of Texas will cover the costs of these spay/neuter surgeries. To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to rescue, heal and find homes for animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/give.

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Halloween-Pet Safety Tips SPCA of Texas

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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Home for the Holidays Photo Credit: Thomas Garza Photography

Don’t be a hum-pug, kick off the most wonderful time of the year with the SPCA of Texas' Home for the Holidays! For 29 years, this extraordinary event has taken place at the prestigious NorthPark Center. The event features adoptable pets at our Adoption Pavilion and, for the past five years, has also featured a wonderful auction of custom-made, luxury dog houses and cat condos, thanks to a wonderful partnership with AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association. From November 21 through December 23, 2019 the howliday event brings shoppers and pet lovers together to raise awareness and funds for homeless pets, and help wonderful animals find their forever families.

The annual festivities kick off Thursday, November 21 with the annual Bark + Build Luxury Dog House and Cat Condo Design/Build Competition and display portion of Home for the Holidays. Twenty-five custom-made dog houses and cat condos will go on display at NorthPark Center on Level One between Dillard's and Macy's. 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. All of the entries will be auctioned off online at spcaholidays.com. Bidding begins on November 21, 2019 and you can bid online on your favorite house until 8 p.m. on December 8, 2019! All money raised will go towards the SPCA of Texas' important mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

Then the Home for the Holidays Adoption Pavilion will open on Black Friday, November 29, and run through Monday, December 23. The SPCA of Texas will feature adoptable pets every day of the week from noon to 6 p.m. with the hope that over 350 animals will find their forever homes this holiday season. Since the SPCA of Texas' first year of Home for the Holidays in 1990, over 10,000 pets have been adopted. Children who came with their parents and adopted a pet, are now coming back as adults with their families and adopting again. This event is a holiday tradition for many families here in North Texas! You can also help support the SPCA of Texas by purchasing pet holiday-themed goodies available at the Adoption Pavilion.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to NorthPark Center, AIA Dallas and TEXO, The Construction Association for their generous support, creativity and friendship. We are also grateful to the Bark + Build Lane Sponsor Dr. Larry and Mrs. Joan Rogers, Companion Courtyard Sponsor Hill’s Pet Nutrition, as well as our Home for the Holiday Sponsors: Guaranty Bank and Trust, North Texas Cheddarheads, VCA Animal Hospitals, and Jameson Black Barrel. For more information on the event, please visit spcaholidays.com. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brandi Johnson at bjohnson@spca.org.

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North Texas Facing Family Violence Conference

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas will take part in the 17th annual North Texas Facing Family Violence Conference (NTFFV), hosted by the Collin County Council on Family Violence (CCCFV) from Wednesday, October 23 until Friday, October 25. NTFFV is held to provide an environment where professionals can gain valuable insight into best practices and emerging trends in criminal justice response, victim assistance, education and mental health. Online registration has ended but walk-ins are still welcome to register on-site any day of the conference. To learn more visit ntffv.com.

The SPCA of Texas and the North Texas LINK Coalition will have an exhibit table at the conference where people can learn more about the link between animal cruelty and family violence. Nationally, about 71% of pet owners entering domestic violence shelters report that their abuser had threatened, injured or killed family pets. The SPCA of Texas hopes to enlighten people about this disturbing trend and highlight the resources available to victims of abuse in our community like The Family Place, which offers housing for their clients and their pets.

Featured speakers at the conference include:

  • Dale Hansen, Sports Anchor, WFAA: Emcee of the conference and recipient of the Dallas Peace and Justice Center’s 2019 Inspiration Award
  • Phil Arkow, Co-Founder of the National Resource Center on the LINK between Animal Abuse and Human Violence
  • Felicia Kerney, Esq: Assistant District Attorney, Dallas County District Attorney's Office

Over 250 mental, health, law enforcement, legal and faith professionals will be at the event. The theme of this year's conference is Family and Intimate Partner Violence: Responding to Experiences Throughout the Lifespan. This includes recognizing the intersections of race, class, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and nationality.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to Friday, October 25, 2019

WHERE: Collin College - Spring Creek Campus
2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074