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Annual Bark + Build Competition Kicks Off at NorthPark Center


(DALLAS, TX); November 17, 2021 – The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to present the 31st annual Home for the Holidays event at NorthPark Center from November 18 through December 23, 2021. 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 18 with the 7th annual Bark + Build Luxury Dog House and Cat Condo Design/Build Competition and display portion of Home for the Holidays. Eighteen 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 18. 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 You can bid online for your favorite house or condo until 8 p.m. on December 5, 2021! 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, Furr-Niture 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 bids! You can bid online at for an opportunity to take home one of these gorgeous pet houses and to cast your vote. Awards will be announced on December 1, 2021 and the Top Dog award will be announced December 6, 2021.

The SPCA of Texas is also grateful to the Bark + Build Lane Sponsor, Mrs. Joan Rogers, in memory of Dr. Larry Rogers, as well as the Home for the Holiday Sponsors: Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Sewell Automotive Companies, VCA Animal Hospitals, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Olivella's, North Texas Cheddarheads, North Texas Vinyl and Turf Labs. For more information on the event, please visit


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