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About the SPCA of Texas

About the SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas with two shelters, and two spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas, Collin and Ellis Counties, and serves as an active resource center providing an array of programs and services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

A comprehensive animal welfare agency, 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 humane organization.

The SPCA of Texas is comprised of two shelters, and two spay/neuter and veterinary wellness clinics in Dallas, Collin and Ellis Counties. We also feature adoptable pets at a host of other offsite venues.

See our hours, locations and directions.

See our calendar of events.

The SPCA of Texas is a managed intake shelter. We will never euthanize animals because of time or space. In extreme cases, we do euthanize animals for aggression and for untreatable and/or contagious illnesses based upon available treatment space and SPCA of Texas policies.

Once a reservation is secured, an animal will not be turned away because of looks, breed or non-contagious, treatable health conditions based upon available treatment space and SPCA of Texas policies. The only factors that determine whether an animal is adoptable are the results of the health and behavior evaluations.

We do not place any time limits on how long animals can stay with us. We shelter many animals for weeks and sometimes months while we find them a loving home.

Visit our adoptable pets online.

The SPCA of Texas may, as space allows, accept any previously owned animal for which we have space and that passes behavior and health evaluations. These evaluations are made via reservation appointments.  Once a reservation is made, an animal will never be turned away due to looks, breed or non-contagious, treatable health conditions based upon available treatment space and SPCA of Texas policies. The person surrendering the animal will always be informed of all their options so that they can make an informed decision on whether or not to surrender the animal.

We also have a variety of programs that support our North Texas community, such as our clinics, Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit, educational resources, social outreach and offsite adoptions that ultimately help in finding homes and keeping animals in homes.

Donations

Making a financial contribution is easy and goes right to work helping the animals in our care. You can use our secure online donation form to make your gift right now, or you call us at 214-461-1828 to make a donation over the phone.

All checks must be made out to SPCA of Texas and can be mailed to:
SPCA of Texas
Attn: Development
2400 Lone Star Dr
Dallas, TX 75212

Because we are a private nonprofit organization, 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 humane organization. $.87 of every dollar goes directly to helping animals. View our Annual Report for more information.

The SPCA of Texas always respects the privacy of its donors. We do not sell or exchange any individual donor information. View our privacy policy for more information.

Make a secure online donation today.

Please mail your contribution to:
SPCA of Texas
Attn: Development
2400 Lone Star Dr
Dallas, TX 75212

All checks must be made out to: SPCA of Texas

Of course! You may make a gift to the SPCA of Texas in honor or in memory of a special person or pet online or mail it to us at:

SPCA of Texas
Attn: Development
2400 Lone Star Dr
Dallas, TX 75212

Our top, most-needed wish list items are new or gently used blankets, towels and linens, dog and cat toys, dog and cat treats, canned cat and dog food, paper towels and baby wipes. See our complete wish list.

You can drop off supplies from our wish lists at our main headquarters in Dallas at the front door. If you’d like an in-kind donation receipt, please plan to come between noon-5 p.m. so that someone on our team may assist you.

Our address is:
2400 Lone Star Dr
Dallas, TX 75212

Clinics

Yes! Every pet up for adoption has already been spayed or neutered. We also provide low-cost spay/neuter services as well as veterinary wellness services for those who could not otherwise afford to do so at our two clinics.

See our hours, locations and directions.

Book a spay or neuter appointment online today.

For other low-cost veterinary wellness services, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) today to make an appointment. Pricing is available online.

The SPCA of Texas features two spay/neuter and animal wellness clinics: our Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic in Dallas and our Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair in South Dallas.

You may make a spay/neuter appointment online or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

Our focus is low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, annual exams, vaccines, heartworm preventative and preventive care for pets belonging to people with low incomes.

View a full list of services and prices online (subject to change).

We are not equipped to assist with emergency medical care situations. For more extensive or emergency veterinary care, you will need to see a full-service vet or emergency animal clinic. Our corporate partner, VCA Animal Hospitals, has options available for more extensive or emergency veterinary care.

The SPCA of Texas refers heartworm positive dogs of our veterinary clinic clients to VCA Animal Hospital locations for treatment. All SPCA of Texas Spay/Neuter and Wellness clinics provide heartworm tests, heartworm preventative medication and all pre-heartworm treatment tests (x-rays and bloodwork) to our veterinary clinic clients.

The easiest and least expensive way to make sure dogs (and cats) stay heartworm free is to keep pets on heartworm preventative medication at all times. Before you start your pet on heartworm preventative, you must first get them tested to make sure they are heartworm free. The SPCA of Texas provides testing for heartworm disease, as well as preventative medication. Call 214-742-SPCA (7722) today to schedule your pet’s appointment at the SPCA of Texas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in Dallas.

Adoptions

Visit our online gallery of available pets (updated hourly, seven days a week).

We are excited to welcome our community to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center from Noon – 6 pm, seven days a week, for walk-in adoptions.

Adoptions can also be made by appointment spca.org/adopt. Equine and livestock adoptions will continue by appointment at spca.org/equine.

Once you’ve picked out your new BFF, visit us at one of our adoption locations or offsite adoption events.

Yes! Although people most often associate the SPCA of Texas with dogs and cats, we offer other animals for adoption such as horses, pigs, sheep, birds, donkeys, ponies, cows, goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits, ferrets, rats, guinea pigs and mice. All of these adoptable animals can be seen online.

Equine and livestock animals require a separate adoption application (this process is different from adopting a dog, cat or small mammal). You may complete this application in advance on our Equine and Livestock page.

Throughout the year the SPCA of Texas will offer different adoption specials and they will be advertised on our social media pages and in our monthly e-newsletter, Paw Street Journal. If you’d like to sign-up for the Paw Street Journal, click here.

We will always offer the Senior for Senior special where animals that are 7 years old and over are free to adopt for individuals 65 years old and over. We also offer 20% off adoption fees for military and first responders.

You can contact 24PetWatch at 1-833-602-6913 or www.24PetWatch.com.

  • Puppies 0-6 months: $150
  • Adult dogs 6 months or older: $75

The adoption fee includes:

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • 30 Days free pet health insurance provided by 24PetWatch Pet Insurance Program
  • Physical exam
  • Health evaluation
  • Behavior assessment
  • Distemper vaccination
  • Kennel cough (Bordetella) vaccination
  • Rabies vaccination (if at least 4 months old)
  • A rabies tag
  • Starter bag of Hill’s Science Diet Dog Food
  • Flea/tick treatment
  • Heartworm test (adults)
  • Heartworm preventative (puppies & adults)
  • Free heartworm treatment for all heartworm positive dogs thanks to our partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals
  • De-worming treatment
  • Microchip
  • Follow-up support
  • Free health examination within fourteen days of the adoption thanks to our partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals
  • A temporary leash

Please note that you must have a valid picture ID to adopt an animal from the SPCA of Texas.

  • Kittens: $150
  • Cats: $75

The adoption fee includes:

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • 30 Days free pet health insurance provided by 24PetWatch Pet Insurance Program
  • Physical exam
  • Health evaluation
  • Behavior assessment
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis, Caleci and Pan-Leukopenia vaccination as appropriate
  • Kennel cough (Bordetella) vaccination
  • Rabies Vaccinaiton (ifat least 4 months old)
  • A rabies tag
  • Starter bag of Hill’s Science Diet Cat Food
  • Flea/tick treatment
  • De-worming treatment
  • Microchip
  • Follow-up support
  • Free health examination within fourteen days of the adoption thanks to our partnership with VCA Animal Hospitals
  • A temporary carrier

Please note that you must have a valid picture ID to adopt an animal from the SPCA of Texas.

We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please make all checks out to SPCA of Texas.

We do not hold animals or take payment over the phone to reserve animals. We adopt strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.

The SPCA of Texas no longer holds animals, as many animals who were put on hold by potential adopters were never adopted. We want to find the best, loving home for each animal, so it is important for us to go through the full adoption process with each animal and potential adopter.

No. Any animal that is released from an animal shelter must be spayed or neutered under Texas law.

Any adoptable shelter dog that tests positive for heartworms will be treated for the disease after adoption, at no cost to the adopter, by SPCA of Texas partner VCA Animal Hospitals. The adopter may choose the Metroplex-area VCA Animal Hospital location from a list given to the adopter at the time of adoption. This partnership will provide the best total care for heartworm positive dogs in treatment, as the animals will have access to emergency care and overnight stays if necessary. The easiest and least expensive way to make sure dogs and cats stay heartworm free is to keep pets on heartworm preventative medication at all times.

No.

SURRENDERING OWNED ANIMALS / RESERVATION REQUIRED

Possibly. See our Surrender/Rehome page for information about bringing your pet to us.

The SPCA of Texas may accept dogs, cats, livestock and small mammals as surrendered pets as our space allows. Please see our Surrender/Rehome page for information and to schedule an appointment if space is available.

The SPCA of Texas does not euthanize animals due to time or lack of space. To give each animal the best chance at a happy life, the SPCA of Texas only accepts owner surrendered pets based on available space with reservations required. This means that surrendered animals will be taken in based on available space, by a reservation only that is made on a first-come, first-served basis.

The SPCA of Texas does not take in stray animals, except for those found within unincorporated Dallas County or in Ellis County, for surrender to increase the likelihood that the stray animal will be reunited with their owner. Individuals who have found a stay animal will be directed to the animal control agency closest to where the animal was found.

Due to space limitations, the SPCA of Texas is only able to accept animals that were originally adopted from the SPCA of Texas. Please visit our Rehome-Surrender page for more information.

Animals will be taken in based on available space, by a reservation only that is made on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, reservations are Tuesday-Saturday between Noon and 5 pm. The Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney is only in-taking equine and livestock at this time.

Each reservation is scheduled 20 minutes apart so that all animals under six months can be assessed with health evaluations and all animals six months and older can be assessed with health and behavior evaluations while the owner waits.

Upon completion of the evaluation(s), notification will be given whether or not the animal will be eligible to be placed in the SPCA of Texas’ adoption program. After they are fully briefed on the evaluation outcome, each person will be given a final option to leave the animal with the SPCA of Texas or take it with them.

The surrender fee for dogs, cats or small mammals is $25.

The following surrender fees apply to persons wanting to surrender a livestock animal(s):

  • $50.00 per small livestock (goats, sheep)
  • $100.00 per large livestock (horses, cows, donkeys)

Once a reservation is secured, an animal will not be turned away because of looks, breed or non-contagious, treatable health conditions based upon available treatment space and SPCA of Texas policies. The only factors that determine whether an animal is adoptable are the results of the health and behavior evaluations.

Additionally, more animals will be treated for minor health issues. All animals with treatable conditions will always be treated under veterinary supervision until the animal is healthy or the condition is no longer treatable.

The SPCA of Texas will never euthanize for time or space, however the option will still be available for those animals that do not pass the health and/or temperament evaluations or for those animals that are injured or too sick to be treated.

This process, paired with the SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Pet Resource Center, is geared towards keeping pets in homes, off the streets and out of shelters.

Upon surrender, each dog will go through a health evaluation and our dog behavior evaluation program. This test provides shelter staff with the ability to evaluate a dog’s behavior accurately and efficiently.

A cat’s behavior will be evaluated based on its temperament shown during the intake procedures and the health evaluation.

If an animal is deemed not adoptable at the time of their reservation, the individual who brought the animal is given the following options: to keep the pet and/or to take the animal to a veterinarian for treatment, to seek placement at a local animal shelter or rescue group, or owner-requested euthanasia (if the SPCA of Texas concurs). Owner-requested euthanasia, if approved by an SPCA of Texas veterinarian, must be scheduled through the clinic for a fee of $75.

The SPCA of Texas takes in stray animals in unincorporated Dallas County and in Ellis County. To increase the likelihood of a stray being reunited with their owner, individuals finding a stray animal outside of these areas will be directed to the animal control agency closest to where the animal was found.

Animals that are brought to the SPCA of Texas through the organization’s Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit will remain separate from the regular intake of owner-surrendered animals, not affecting the number of spaces available to owner-surrendered animals each day. These animals will be given the same evaluations as any other animal that comes through the system to determine whether or not they are adoptable.

As space permits, we work with animal control agencies in the surrounding areas to transfer adoptable animals to the SPCA of Texas.

All healthy, treatable and non-aggressive animals will stay in the shelter until adopted unless the animal contracts a contagious, non-treatable illness or becomes behaviorally unadoptable. The SPCA of Texas has never placed a limit on the amount of time animals stay in the shelter. If they stay happy and healthy, they’ll stay at the SPCA of Texas, waiting for loving homes.

No. We require a reservation for all animals to be taken in by the SPCA of Texas.

Yes, we can euthanize your pet at your request on an appointment basis for medical reasons only. Our veterinarians do not euthanize for behavioral issues and must agree that euthanasia is an appropriate course of action for your pet.

VOLUNTEERING

We’d love to have you as a volunteer! We offer several different volunteer options, so please visit our volunteer page learn more and complete a volunteer application.

SPCA of Texas volunteers help in many ways that make our work providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home possible. Some of our volunteers help us clean kennels and socialize our animals while others walk dogs, brush cats and help customers find the perfect pet for their lifestyle. Volunteers also help us with administrative duties.

All volunteers are required to be 15 years of age or older. If you are under the age of 15, please bring a parent or legal guardian with you to all volunteer shifts. Volunteers under 12 will not be able to participate in animal handling opportunities but will be able to assist with shelter support activities such as preparing activities for pet enrichment, washing animal bedding, and working in our dietary area. If you are volunteering for a position at PetSmart, you must be 18 years or older.

You can foster an animal once you complete your foster application and training. For more information, visit our Be A Foster Hero page.

Lost and Found

The SPCA of Texas takes in stray animals in unincorporated Dallas County and in Ellis County. To increase the likelihood of a stray being reunited with their owner, people finding a stray animal outside of these areas will be directed to the animal control agency closest to where the animal was found.

The SPCA of Texas does not take in stray animals for surrender to increase the likelihood that they stray animal will be reunited with their owner. Individuals who have found a stray animal will be directed to the animal control agency closest to where the animal was found.

Take a look at a listing of local animal control agencies.

PREVENTING CRUELTY AND ABUSE

Yes. Our Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit investigates reports of animal abuse or neglect, focusing on these counties to better respond to animals in need: Dallas, Hunt, and Van Zandt.

To reach our Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit, please report suspected cruelty or abuse online or call 214-742-SPCA (7722) and select option 4.

EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS

The SPCA of Texas offers a variety of programs that enhance our human experience through interaction with animals.

These programs include:

OTHER/MISCELLANEOUS

Please take a look at our Careers page today to see if we currently have any job postings.

The SPCA of Texas has four major events each year and many smaller events. Learn more about Paws Cause, Strut Your Mutt (a fun run/walk and timed run), Fur Ball (our annual black tie gala) and Home for the Holidays.

View our online calendar for more events throughout the year.

You can find all of that and more on our News and Publications pages.

We’d love to count you as a part of the SPCA of Texas online family! You can subscribe to our email newsletter today quickly and easily.