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COVID POLICIES

Covid-19 updates from SPCA of Texas

This page is intended to provide updates as we have them. We recommend you follow the SPCA of Texas on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest news.

POLICIES & UPDATES

Following CDC guidelines.

In a continued effort to reduce the potential spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect the health and well-being of the animals in our care, our dedicated staff and volunteers, and our community, as well as follow the guidance of health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the SPCA of Texas’ is following all appropriate CDC guidelines and operating on an appointment-only basis with limited space and availability.

We will monitor the situation closely and remain in contact with our local authorities. As an organization, we will move forward and make any further decisions on operations based on facts, guidance, and recommendations from health authorities as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, TVMA, AVMA, and others.

Adoptions continue.

We will continue to offer adoptions on an appointment basis, as we continue to have many wonderful animals in need of new homes. Adoptions will be available by appointment. Adoption counseling will be done virtually. Adopters may submit an adoption inquiry form to begin the tele-adoption process and schedule an appointment to complete the adoption.

Our clinics are open.

Our Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Veterinary Care Clinic offers:

Spay and neuter surgeries by appointment only;
Wellness appointments available;
Walk-in wellness Mon-Fri: 9am – 3pm.

Our Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter and Veterinary Care Clinic offers:

Spay and neuter appointments: Tues, Wed, Fri: 7:30am – 3:30pm for scheduled spay-neuter appointments;
Wellness appointments: Mon, Tues: 8:30am-5:30pm, Wed 8:30am-4pm;
Vaccination clinics: Every other Sunday, 1pm-4pm (starting January 30), walk-ins only.

You can make your pet’s appointment online today! Or call us at 214-742-7722.

Assistance for pet owners.

Our Russell H. Perry Pet Resource Center offers assistance (primarily food and urgent medical assistance through our outside veterinary partners) to families that have been affected by illness and/or business closures due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. Please visit this page for more information on how we may provide food, medical, housing, or other assistance for your pet.

Here for you and animals.

Our Customer Care Center is answering phone calls Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Animal care staff will continue to meet the daily needs of all of our shelter pets and foster pets currently living in the community. The animals in our care are not at risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19.

Volunteering.

Volunteers at the SPCA of Texas give their hearts and time to make every day special for the animals who are waiting for a loving home. We depend on hundreds of volunteers every year to help in our shelters, our clinics and the community. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, learn more and sign up today!

Animal Cruelty Investigations.

Our Animal Cruelty Investigations team continues to respond to cases of suspected animal cruelty in the City of Dallas and the following Texas counties: Hunt, Kaufman and Van Zandt. Call 214-742-7722 or submit a report online. The identity of individuals reporting abuse is kept confidential.

Animal surrenders.

Currently the SPCA of Texas is only accepting returns of animals originally adopted from the SPCA of Texas. To request an appointment to return the animal you adopted from the SPCA of Texas, please email us at spca@spca.org.

To surrender a pet that was not adopted from the SPCA of Texas, we recommend connecting with your local animal control.

Also, you can safely rehome your pet to a new family without them ever entering a shelter. Set up your pet’s profile in less than 10 mins on Adopt-a-Pet.com, and your pet’s profile will be seen by millions of visitors each month.

Need some happy tails?

Looking for happy tails and stories to brighten and enlighten your and your kids’ days? Please follow the SPCA of Texas on all of our social media platforms, primarily Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll be working hard to keep you educated, smiling, and informed.

Please stay tuned to this page and to our social media channels for further information on how you can help, for updates on hours, and more.

Hug your pets close and please reach out to us with any questions during this time by contacting us at spca@spca.org or 214-742-SPCA (7722).

What you can do.

We will be here, as we have since 1938, to provide critical services to our community’s most vulnerable animals and their people now and long after this pandemic is over. And we need you to be there for us. This global pandemic will have an impact on our organization, volunteers, staff, fundraising, events, and the economy. Your support enables us to continue in our important work to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

In addition to the animals at our Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas and equine and livestock at our Equine and Livestock Center in McKinney, we have animals in our care at the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center who are under significant medical and/or behavioral treatment, and they will continue to rely on us to rehabilitate them and care for them until they are ready for adoption. These animals came to us from rescues performed by our Animal Cruelty Investigations team. Give generously and be there for these animals. Your support will allow us to continue in our important work.

Looking for other ways to help?

  • Check out our Amazon Wish List at spca.org/wishlist.
  • Use AmazonSmile when ordering, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the SPCA of Texas!
  • When you shop at Tom Thumb, assign the number for the SPCA of Texas 542 to your Rewards Card at Customer Service. Once the number is assigned, 1% of your purchases will be credited to the SPCA of Texas each time you use your Rewards Card.
  • For Kroger shoppers, enroll online, add SPCA of Texas 80210 to your Kroger Plus Card. We will receive a portion of your purchases.
  • Check out all our shop-to-give opportunities, including Chewy.com, Cat’s Pride, Fresh Step and 1-800-Pet-Meds and more, check out spca.org/shoptogive.

Emergency Planning for Your Pets

Additionally, the SPCA of Texas strongly encourages everyone to remember their pets when planning for emergencies. It is always important to be prepared and have a plan for your pets.

Prepare an emergency kit for your pets.

  • Info sheet with your pets’ rabies tag number, microchip number, identifying features, medical conditions, and photograph. Attach your pets’ vaccination and medical records.
  • Two weeks of your pets’ medications.
  • Three-plus day’s supply food and food bowls, water
  • Litter boxes with litter, if you have cat
  • Extra leashes and collar
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Stickers you can attach to your pet’s tags with the information of your intended destination and outside temporary contact information

Additionally:

  • Make sure your pets are wearing proper identification at all times; this includes animals that don’t normally go outside. Having your pet microchipped can further protect your pet and help identify them if they were to become lost.
  • It’s a good idea to include your cell phone number or the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area in case your pet is lost and you aren’t at home. Arrange for trusted friends or family who could care for your pets in the event that you become sick or require a period of quarantine.

For additional emergency preparedness tips, click here o aquí para Español.

Resources

CDC Guidance Regarding Pets
CDC FAQ
World Health Organization
Texas Health and Human Services
TVMA – COVID-19 Fact Sheet