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Fur Ball Home Show Photo Credit: SPCA of Texas Staff

It was a day full of gorgeous gems and couture candles at the SPCA of Texas’ Home Show, benefitting the upcoming Fur Ball Gala. The amazing show was hosted by and held at the home of Fur Ball Auction Chair Sandra Fite.

Vendors from Swiss-Cillian Marinara Sauce, Red & Ro Luxury Candles, Infused Oil & Vinegars, Alan Waters Paintings and Sandra Fite Jewelry were at the event and are donating 20% of the proceeds to the SPCA of Texas. We are extremely grateful to the vendors and everyone who attended the event. The donated proceeds will go towards helping the SPCA of Texas rescue, rehabilitate and rehome thousands of animals in North Texas.

This year’s black tie gala will be held at the iconic Hyatt Regency Hotel from 6:30pm to midnight on Saturday, September 21st. Fur Ball 2019 marks our 81st anniversary of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming helpless animals in the North Texas community. Support for Fur Ball 2019 supports the SPCA of Texas’ mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

Tickets, tables and high level sponsorships are now available for purchase online at www.furballdallas.com.

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Toast to the Host 2019 Fur Ball Chairs: Chair John Payne, Chair Lana Payne, Co-Chair Jacob Payne, Co-Chair Katherine Payne

The countdown has begun, just one month until the SPCA of Texas’ annual Fur Ball gala. Before the big event, current and former Fur Ball Chairs and Host Committees took the chance to wine down and relax on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Sevy’s Grill in Preston Hollow.

Fur Ball 2019 Chairs John and Lana Payne kicked off the evening by raising their glasses in salute to their predecessors, welcoming the group as they celebrated all of the successes of the chairs who came before them and the legacy they have built. The entire group joins the SPCA of Texas in being thrilled about this year’s upcoming event, which has the grandest live auction yet, thanks to Auction Chairs Sandra Fite and Julia Howard, and includes a special partnership with Tito’s Vodka for Dog People.

The SPCA of Texas is sincerely grateful to the dedicated group for all they have done for the animals in North Texas! Guests included 80th anniversary Chair Cindy Lindsley and Co-Chair Jennifer Lindsley, SPCA of Texas sponsor and former Honorary Chair Russell E. Dealey, board member David Kubes and his wife Carolyn Kubes, host committee member and past co-chair Kristen Greenberg and many others.

This year’s black tie gala will be held at the iconic Hyatt Regency Hotel from 6:30pm to midnight on Saturday, September 21st. Fur Ball 2019 marks our 81st anniversary of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming helpless animals in the North Texas community. Support for Fur Ball 2019 supports the SPCA of Texas’ mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

Tickets, tables and high level sponsorships are now available for purchase online at www.furballdallas.com.

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Photo Credit: Thomas Garza Photography Fur Ball Gala

Time is running out until the SPCA of Texas' annual Fur Ball gala. Enjoy a delicious dinner, dancing with headline entertainment by Party Machine, drinks from this years special partner Tito's Vodka for Dog People and help change the lives of thousands of animals in North Texas! The elegant black-tie gala will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Tickets are available today at www.FurBallDallas.com.

Fur Ball is DFW’s salute to the bond between people and their pets and a celebration of the SPCA of Texas’ important mission to provide every animal with exceptional care and a loving home. All money raised through Fur Ball 2019 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas to help rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals and help keep pets in homes, out of shelters and off the streets. 

Last year, tickets sold out early and Fur Ball 2019 is sure to be the bark of the town thanks to Chairs John and Lana Payne, Co-Chairs Jacob and Katherine Payne, Auction Chairs Julia Howard and Sandra Fite, Auction Co-Chair Amber Camper and Underwriting Chair Arlene Kirkland. The Emcee for the evening is Brian Curtis, NBC 5 News Anchor.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful for the tremendous support of its Fur Ball 2019 sponsors, including: Joy Sponsors: The Addy Family, John and Lana Payne, Sewell Automotive, and Patricia Villareal & Tom Leatherbury; Kindness Sponsor: Jack Knox; Caring Sponsors: Sandra Fite, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Dr. Richard Gray, Tito’s Vodka, Mark Schwarz, and VCA Animal Hospitals; Companionship Sponsors: Brooke and Greg Alexander, Carla Brandt, Diane and Hal Brierley, Eric Broughton, Linda Chapa, Hercules Heroes Championed by Hill A. Feinberg, Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc, Julia Howard, Sally Ann Jalonick Hundall, and Thompson & Knight Foundation; Best Friend Sponsors: John Ackerman, Andrea Alcorn, Alliance Insurance, Debra Burns and Karen Froehlich, CB Choi Family Foundation, Laura Chambers, CityVet, Robert Dombrowski, Gwen Echols, Essex Association Management LP, Rebecca Farris, Lisa Fox, Friends of the Payne’s, Anna Galvan, Pamela Graham and Phil Hixon, Kristen Greenberg, Joe and Maureen Hafertepe & Matt and Mary Metz, Robert Haynsworth, Geoffrey Henley, Hollywood Feed, David Kubes, Eileen and Ryan Lash, Law Offices of Claire Collins Schwarz, Darlene McCorvey, Bob and Scottie McDonald, Merck Animal Health, Katy Murray, MWI Animal Health, Carol and Ed Nelson, Martina Nemer, Hiren and Dhruva Patel, Jacob Payne, Norma Payne, Readivet, RKD Group LLC, Chase and Christina Sanders, Marti and Steve Scruggs, Mary Spencer, Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC, Mary and Skip Trimble, Tuesday Morning, Shannon L.K. Welch, Anja Woodson, and Randy Zoetewey, Dexter Hooks & Friends; Underwriters: Chris and Suzanne Austin, Jeff and Jessica Burrow, Russell E. Dealey, JGX Sign Studio, Rainbow Vomit, Simply Elegant, and Patricia Villareal; and Media Sponsor: Modern Luxury Dallas.

For high profile sponsorship opportunities, visit www.FurBallDallas.com or contact Brandi Johnson at 214-461-1832.

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North Texas Giving Day SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to take part in the 11th annual North Texas Giving Day on September 19, 2019! Every year, the people of North Texas come together to help thousands of local non-profits for North Texas Giving Day, including the SPCA of Texas. Our donors' generosity makes it possible for us to rescue, heal and find homes for more thousands of animals each year. It takes about $800 to care for each animal that comes through our doors. By donating people give us the ability to say yes to do whatever it takes to save an animal's life. Whether it's $10 or $200, every dollar helps save animals! Visit spca.org/givingday on North Texas Giving Day to make a donation.

The giving begins early this year, with scheduled giving starting on September 9, 2019. Plus, get in on the fun today with a personal FUNdraising page! Creating your own page is a fun and easy way to raise support from your family and friends for the SPCA of Texas and our mission to help more animals.

The SPCA of Texas will start off the week's celebrations on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at North Texas Giving Day's North Park Center Family Philanthropy Festival and at Party in the Park: A Fiesta at Finch Park in McKinney. Numerous Dallas County and Collin County non-profits will be there celebrating with interactive activities and live performances.

On September 19th, join the SPCA of Texas and other North Texas charitable organizations in celebrating North Texas Giving Day, presented by the Communities Foundation of Texas. This 18-hour event galvanizes citizens to come together and support local nonprofits through online giving!

North Texas Giving Day: NorthPark Center Philanthropy Festival
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: NorthPark Center, 8687 N Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225

North Texas Giving Day Party in the Park: A Fiesta at Finch Park
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Finch Park, 301 W Standifer Street, McKinney, TX 75069

The community's support is truly inspiring, and gives us all renewed energy to live our mission: to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home. North Texas Giving Day is not just a day. It's a movement that inspires and unites tens of thousands of donors across the world to support their favorite North Texas causes online through www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

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Adoption Special! Adopt a dog 40 pounds or more from July 5- 21 for $20

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 a “Mutts, They're Just Like Us” adoption special at its two Metroplex-area shelters. They might not always be followed around by the “puparazzi” but these dogs are stars in our eyes. Just like the celebrities in the magazines our mutts enjoy splashing in the pool, taking naps, eating snacks and hanging out with friends. Believe it or not they're just like us! From Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 21 come adopt your new hang out buddy from the SPCA of Texas; all dogs that weigh 40 pounds or more will be only $20. The new owners of the first 15 dogs adopted under this special will also receive free DNA tests for their mutts! 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!

Jessica Benavides
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Safety Tips SPCA of Texas

Texas summers bring brutally hot conditions, but more than just the heat can be harmful to your pet. Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of July are the top three holidays for pet emergencies because of outdoor activities where pets run loose. Firecrackers, with their loud, startling and scary noises, can also be harmful to your pets’ well-being. The SPCA of Texas recommends these tips to make your pets’ Fourth of July a safe one:

  • Keep your pets indoors with the air conditioner running and the windows closed or keep a radio on to help mask out as much noise as possible. Also try distracting them: follow their regular routine, play with them, give them chew toys or crate them up until the fireworks are over. Make sure they have current tags and a microchip to ensure their safe return should they bolt out of fear.
  • Allow your pets the freedom to seek refuge under the bed, behind the toilet or in the back of the closet. This may soothe them more than cuddling with them.
  • Be aware of neighborhood pranksters throwing firecrackers over your fence to frighten your pet. Also be careful using sparklers, as they can burn animals as well as people.
  • If your pet gets especially stressed or your neighborhood is particularly noisy, you may wish to talk to your veterinarian about the practicality of using tranquilizers or homeopathic remedies.
  • Even if the proper precautions are taken, some animals may develop deeply rooted fears of loud noises after fireworks displays or thunderstorms. Commonly seen effects include: shaking; trembling; excessive drooling; barking; howling; trying to hide or get into or out of the house, fence, or other enclosure; refusing to eat food; loss of bladder or bowel control or temporary diarrhea. If you notice these symptoms in your pet, contact your veterinarian for help.
  • Heat is another reason to keep your pets indoors this holiday. Be sure your pet has access to cool water at all times and never leave pets in parked vehicles.

As always, to keep your pets happy and healthy, make sure your pets are spayed and neutered, that they are up to date on appropriate vaccinations and that you take your pet to the veterinarian for regular check-ups. To learn more or schedule an appointment at one of the SPCA of Texas' low-cost spay/neuter & wellness clinics, please visit www.spca.org/clinicservices or call 214-742-7722.

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Photo Credit: SPCA of Texas ARREST MADE: Owner of 11 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized by SPCA of Texas

Patti Rechelle Coleman, 42, was arrested on Monday afternoon by the Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office on a felony animal cruelty charge after the SPCA of Texas, the Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Constable's Office and the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office seized 11 cruelly treated animals abandoned at a property in Van Zandt County on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Coleman was booked into the Van Zandt County Detention Center and charged with Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals for “tortures an animal or in a cruel manner kills or causes serious bodily injury to an animal,” which is a third-degree felony. According to the Texas Penal Code, torture includes any act that causes unjustifiable pain or suffering. The case has been filed with the Van Zandt County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. A bond of $10,000 was set, and Coleman was released on bail as of June 18, 2019.

To view photos of this case, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3to3w3kkc3ox96z/AACq_1tZrRs9IILLt8jwJEMCa?dl=0.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the SPCA of Texas seized 11 animals, including five puppies, four dogs and two cats from an abandoned property in Van Zandt County via an exigent warrant. The animals were transported to the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center, where they received immediate, life-saving veterinary treatment.

The animals appeared to be afflicted with numerous medical issues, including starvation, dehydration, hair loss, flea infestation, intestinal parasites, eyes issues, ear issues and skin pustules. Many of the animals were so weak that they required immediate intravenous fluids. Two dogs were humanely euthanized at the recommendation of an SPCA of Texas’ veterinarian. One dog, the mother of the puppies, was euthanized due to suffering from extensive medical issues, including extreme malnourishment and decompensated shock. Decompensated shock occurs when the body is unable to maintain proper blood pressure, resulting in the failure of body systems and functions. One puppy was also humanely euthanized due to his suffering and unresponsiveness to treatment.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty on June 10, 2019, and an SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property on June 12, 2019. The investigator observed animals inside and outside of a residence on the property with no access to food or water. All of the animals appeared to be severely underweight and to have been abandoned for a significant amount of time. Upon witnessing the animals’ dire conditions, the investigator executed an exigent warrant immediately.

A civil custody hearing was held on Monday, June 17, at the Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, the Honorable Judge Wade McMillian presiding. At the hearing, Coleman agreed to surrender custody of the animals to the SPCA of Texas. Following the hearing, Coleman was arrested and charged with third-degree felony Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals.

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. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

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Photo Credit: Tammany Stern Gift Giving Party

Fur Ball Chairs John and Lana Payne welcomed dozens of SPCA of Texas donors and sponsors into their home for a Gift Giving Party on June 5, 2019. The group donated some great live and silent auction items for Fur Ball 2019 and they helped raise money to go towards the auction. Thanks to everyone at the party who came together to help purchase a Mediterranean Cuisine Cruise package valued at $9,600!

We are very excited for all of the packages that will be available at this year’s Fur Ball, which includes a trip to Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga in concert, a trip to the Westminster Dog Show in New York, and other remarkable packages! Thank you to our wonderful Auction Chairs Sandra Fite and Julia Howard, Auction Co-Chair Amber Camper and their Auction Committee for working so hard to create these amazing items. We also want to thank Fur Ball Chairs John and Payne, their children and co-chairs, Katherine and Jacob Payne for opening up their home for the Gift Giving Party.

This year’s black tie gala will be held at the iconic Hyatt Regency Hotel from 6:30pm to midnight on Saturday, September 21st. Fur Ball 2019 marks our 81st anniversary of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming helpless animals in the North Texas community. Your support ensures we can stand by our promise to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

Tickets to last year’s gala sold out early, so if you want to be a part of this amazing event make sure you buy your tickets before it’s too late at www.furballdallas.com. If you have any questions about Fur Ball, including sponsorships, please contact Jan Scoggins, Manager of Special Events, via email: jscoggins@spca.org or via phone: 214-461-1830.

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Game of Homes

If you've been looking to adopt an animal from the SPCA of Texas to help you make it through the final episode of Game of Thrones and beyond, you're in luck! The SPCA of Texas is having its final Game of Homes adoption special this weekend at its two Metroplex-area shelters. From now until Sunday, May 19, adoption prices for dogs and cats that have been with us for over 100 days are $8 in honor of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones! To see all available animals, 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 or House Puggaryen the SPCA of Texas is ready to help you find the pet of your dreams!

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.

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 www.mhadallas.org.

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-hoarding-conference-a-multi-discipline-approach-to-hoarding-tickets-59413954738

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit www.spca.org.