SPCA of Texas Board of Directors

Katy Murray, Chair

Chief Financial Officer, A. H. BELO Corporation

Katy has more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience and is currently the Chief Financial Officer for A.H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC). Prior to this role, Katy served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for several multi-national public and private software and service companies.

Katy grew up in Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University where she received both her Bachelor and Masters of Accounting. Katy joined the SPCA of Texas' Board of Directors in March, 2014. Katy also sits on the boards of directors for Downtown Dallas, Inc. and Dallas Morning News Charities, Inc.

While Katy enjoys traveling, being outdoors and sports, her passion is to help with the protection of all animals and working to create sustainable environments that we share with them. Katy shares her Dallas home with Mack and Stella, her French Bulldogs, and her fours cats Frank, Wynken, Blyken and Nod.

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Bill Driscoll

William B. Driscoll, CPA, Vice Chair

Owner, William B. Driscoll, CPA

Bill is a native of Dallas, where he graduated from the University of North Texas with a BBA in accounting in 1982 and works as a CPA specializing in taxation. Since childhood, animals have brought great joy and love to his life.

He believes that volunteering with the SPCA of Texas is the best way to say thank you for these gifts. His dog, Hadoy, rules the house. The cats, Grace and Woody, do not agree.

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Bill Driscoll

Patricia Villareal, Treasurer

Attorney, PatVillarealLaw

 

 

 

 

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Steve Atkinson, Secretary

Realtor, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate 

Steve is a residential realtor with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and has worked in the field of real estate since college. He grew up in Keller, Texas and graduated from Baylor University. Since 1989, he has resided in Dallas. Throughout his adult life, Steve has been heavily involved in volunteer work, most of which has been in political and activism roles that have focused on protecting and advancing equality for LGBT people.  

His volunteer leadership has included working for LGBT rights on the local, state, and federal levels—as the President of Dallas Gay & Lesbian Alliance, the Co-Chair of the Board of Equality Texas and the Co-Chair of the National Board of Governors for Human Rights Campaign. He has also served on numerous other boards and committees, including the board of Black Tie Dinner (the largest LGBT fundraising event in the country). Steve has worked on many political campaigns and led several local activism battles that resulted in non-discrimination ordinances being passed by the Dallas City Council, the Dallas School Board and the DART Board. He currently serves on the boards of Equality Texas and The Dallas Way.

Steve’s husband is Ted Kincaid, an artist and art educator at Plano West High School. They have been a couple for 27 years, and live in North Dallas with their two small rescue dogs, Simone and JoJo. Steve and Ted are vegans and passionate supporters and advocates of causes that benefit animals. After serving on the committee for a fundraising event for the SPCA of Texas in 2016, Steve was asked to join the SPCA of Texas' Board, and is thrilled to be serving in that role.

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James Bias, CAWA

SPCA of Texas President and CEO

James Bias is a native of Arizona but a Texas resident for over forty years, and has been in the animal care and control industry for the past three decades. James holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Animal Health Technology; is a former reserve Texas Peace Office, Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator; holds a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from SMU and the Center for Nonprofit Management; and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

Prior to becoming President of the SPCA of Texas in 2004, James was Executive Director of the Humane Society SPCA of Bexar County in San Antonio. While in San Antonio, James successfully spearheaded a fundraising campaign to build a 21,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Humane Society Adoption and Education Center, completed in November 2002. James also started the preliminary work for the Bexar County Maddie’s® Fund Shelter Data Grant benefiting many community animal shelters throughout the U.S.

James has also served as Regional Coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States Southwest Regional office, Animal Services Manager for the City of Albuquerque Animal Services, Executive Director for the Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth and Operations Director for Citizens for Animal Protection in Houston. James is a current Board member and Past Board Chair of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council on Pet Population and has joined the Board of the Lone Star Business Park Association. 

Under James’ leadership, the SPCA of Texas serves as Lead Agency and a partner in the No More Homeless Pets of Dallas Coalition. Conceived in 2007, the Coalition is comprised of Dallas-based animal control and traditional adoption guarantee organizations whose mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets in Dallas and work with others to transition Dallas to a no-kill community. James oversees the Coalition’s transparent and consistent shelter statistics reporting made possible through a series of Maddie’s® Fund Starter Grants for shelters. Maddie’s® Fund publishes the Coalition’s statistics and others throughout the nation on its website for easy public access and measurable results. James was Named Non-Profit CEO of the Year in 2011 by the Center for Nonprofit Management. In 2014, James was honored with the 2014 "Humane-itarian" award in recognition of his lifetime of helping animals at the Texas Humane Legislation Network's sixth annual Animal Advocacy Conference.

Bias has several children, as well as four dogs, eight cats, one horse and several aquariums full of tropical fish.

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John Ackerman

Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Development, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

John Ackerman serves as Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Development at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. He leads DFW’s Airline Relations, Cargo, Research and Analytics, Strategy, and Government Relations functions. Mr. Ackerman joined the DFW staff in January 2015.

Mr. Ackerman has more than 25 years of experience in aviation, including military aviation, commercial airlines, and airports. Prior to DFW Airport he worked as Denver International Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer, was a pilot and executive at United Airlines, and was a Senior Director of Product Management at Standard & Poor’s. 

Mr. Ackerman served as an active duty officer and pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University.  John is also a board member of Visit Dallas and the City Lab High School Foundation, and is a member of the Dallas Council on Foreign Relations. In his free time he enjoys travel, contemporary art, and has climbed more than 15 of Colorado’s highest mountains.  He lives with his wife Sunny and their rescue cat Kinko, who enjoys sleeping, eating, and belly rubs.

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Joy Brawner

Owner, Joy Brawner, CPA

Joy has 25+ years of combined audit, accounting, reporting and finance management experience in accounting and management of financial operations with multi-national technology, software-as-a-service and service companies.

A former audit partner of RSM US, LLP, Joy started her audit career with Arthur Andersen. At RSM, Joy was a certified trainer for the firm and was instrumental in organizing the volunteer activities for the Dallas office which lead to RSM winning the Communities Foundation of Texas’ Entrepreneurs for North Texas Star award for volunteer work.

Transitioning to industry she has held the Chief Accounting Officer position with SourceHOV Holdings, Inc, a global provider of business process solutions, strategic consulting and data analytics services, and most recently the Chief Financial Officer for Goodman Networks Incorporated, a full service solution provider of wireless network programs. After retiring in September of 2016, Joy is currently providing consulting services to both public accounting firms and technology companies.  

Joy grew up on a farm working with horses and cattle. She started rescuing animals at a young age and has fond memories of rescuing lambs, baby pigs, dogs and kittens. She is currently a proud owner of two rescue dogs.

Joy graduate from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting Control Systems. She is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas. 

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Ambassador James W. (Wally) Brewster

Principal, Insignias Global

Ambassador Brewster is an internationally recognized businessman, political leader and human rights activist. He most recently served as the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic from November 26, 2013 to January 20, 2017, during the administration of President Barack Obama. His appointment made history as he became the first openly gay Ambassador to serve the United States in the Western Hemisphere alongside his husband Bob J. Satawake. Ambassador Brewster is credited with advancing the human rights of the Dominican people and migrants of Haitian descent through dedicated work with multiple governments.  

His political and strategic expertise is credited for exposing corruption and advancing the rights of the marginalized and changing the landscape of equality in Latin America. His policy expertise led to advancements in environmental laws, indictment of corrupt foreign officials, trade policy, international immigration laws and enforcement of drug policies against international drug cartels during his tenure. He is a top negotiator for multiple agreements and treaties between the U.S. and foreign governments. 

As an expert in Latin America and the Caribbean business and political communities, he has a positive and significant impact on trade between the U.S. and countries in the Western Hemisphere. His knowledge of NAFTA, CAFTA, HELP and HOPE in addition to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and trade policy has made the Ambassador a top resource for international companies and leaders of foreign governments. Ambassador Brewster continues to promote democracy around the world meeting with leaders in Western Europe and Latin America while serving on the Advisory Boards of the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), National Democratic Institute – Ambassador’s Circle (NDI) and The Atlantic Council - Ambassador Leadership Council.

In addition, Ambassador Brewster is a senior level strategist in organizational design, internal/external communication, e-commerce, and innovation combined with high-level international and domestic business and political experience. He served President Obama and the DNC as LGBT National Co-Chair, National Co-Chair of Obama Leadership Circles, member of the NFC and a Presidential Partner.  He is also a top Democratic fundraiser for multiple Democratic Senate and House candidates nationally. 

Prior to his position as a U.S. Ambassador he was the managing partner of SB&K Global, an executive strategy firm specializing in consumer dynamics, political and human rights advocacy and reputation management, and Officer/Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications for General Growth Properties, the country’s second largest Shopping Mall REIT with over 250 shopping malls worldwide. 

Having served as a diplomat, chief executive and corporate leader, he understands how consumerism and cultural dynamics impact international business and development. Through his robust political and professional experiences, Ambassador Brewster has proven to be an innovator and leading expert in the areas of retail, international politics, trade, government relations, business strategy, diplomacy, crisis communication, global retail and product development, consumer evolution, market intelligence, positioning and branding.

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Roberto Cañas

Criminal Court Judge, Dallas County

 

 

 

 

 

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Gustavo N. Hinojosa, AIA, IIDA, NCARB, LEED AP

Owner - HINOJOSA, Architecture & Interiors

A 13th generation Tejano, Gus grew up in San Antonio and is descended from the founding families of South Texas and Northern Mexico. Ancestors include several conquistadors, colonial  governors, magistrates and the historian Don Juan Bautista Chapa, chronicler of the 17th century  first Texas (Tejas) history.

He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of  Notre Dame in 1982 and returned to San Antonio to work with the newly established firm of - Fisher Heck Lake & Flato.

In 1986 New York called and he moved to Manhattan with the firm of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. While there he worked on a variety of domestic  and international projects including Chase Manhattan Bank and Bruxelles Banque Lambert.

Recruited by Gensler in 1992, he headed design for many large clients including Paine Webber, CS First Boston and Goldman Sachs. Likewise, his portfolio includes smaller award winning and published projects like Ducati Motocycles , worldwide. As a design principal, he transferred to the Dallas office in 2005.  He served as design lead for major commissions including : Haynes & Boone, The Rosewood Corporation and Bracewell Giuliani.

The summer of 2009 he founded – Hinojosa Architecture & Interiors, PLLC. This boutique firm provided big firm experience with a small firm design focus. A noted project was the award winning and highly published “ SPCA of Texas.” This design augmented pet adoptions by 40%,  proving that design does matter and is good business.

The Spring of 2013 had HKS knocking at his door and he agreed to join the firm as their Director of Commercial Interiors, closing his own firm at the end of that year. Current projects include headquarters for: DFW Administration, Raytheon and  Murchison Oil & Gas.

Gus is a registered architect in Texas as well as New York State. He is on the board of TACA and the Notre Dame alumni group-GALA-ND/SMC; while serving on the advisory committee for the 12th edition of the AIA Graphic Standards as well as an architectural committee for Dallas Independent School District. He is founder and president of the Leal-Hinojosa Scholarship Fund which celebrates its 25th year in 2014. Along with his partner and rescue dog “Bear” he lives in the Farmers Market district of Dallas.

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Felicia Kerney

Dallas County Asst. District Attorney

Felicia started her government career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office where she served as a misdemeanor and felony prosecutor for nine years. During this time, Felicia prosecuted a number of cases such as Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Murder.

While working in Galveston, Felicia came into contact with a number of Spanish speaking victims, however was unable to communicate with them effectively due to the language barrier. Having the desire to better communicate with the Hispanic community, Felicia moved to Costa Rica to study the Spanish language. Upon her return, Felicia taught English to Spanish speakers and worked with the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance in Jackson, Mississippi.

In 2011, Felicia moved to Dallas, Texas and began working as an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. In 2013, Felicia was placed in a specialized unit where she prosecuted solely domestic violence cases; it was here that she came into contact with her first animal cruelty case. Felicia’s desire to protect our four-legged friends as well as educate the community about animal abuse inspired her to apply for the position of animal cruelty prosecutor and in March 2015, Felicia was transferred to the animal cruelty unit where she has been proudly serving as chief prosecutor ever since.  

As Felicia began to settle into her new position she began to realize more and more that the abuse of animals was more than just that. There was a link between animal abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and domestic violence. Felicia’s mission is twofold:  make sure that those who harm animals are appropriately punished and educate the community about animal cruelty by speaking wherever anyone will listen. 

Felicia is always asked if she has a pet to which she replies no because her investigator Steve Wilson will not allow her to have one. His reasoning…she spends way too much time at the office fighting for animals to own one.

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Stacey Kivowitz

National Council Member, Humane Society of the United States

Stacey Dorfman Kivowitz was the founder of Sheers The Bodywear Bar, a trailblazer in the fashion lingerie world. She is an active leader in animal welfare issues including serving as the North Texas chapter president for the Texas Humane Legislation Network, board member of the SPCA of Texas and involved in The Street Dog Project.

Stacey was Learning Chair for Young Entrepreneurs Organization and is widely known for her far-ranging civic involvement with the North Texas Food Bank, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, World Affairs Council, School Year Abroad, Vogel Alcove and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Stacey worked for Ed Rollins post-Reagan White House, with Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in the House and Senator Chic Hecht (R-NV) in the Senate.

She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Owner/VP of the Dorfman Production Company, a pilot, a vegan, political junkie, a Francophile (fluent in French), working on her Italian and Spanish, and fosters animals at The Kivo Humane Halfway House (their penthouse on Turtle Creek).

She also directs the Stacey and Don Kivowitz Charitable Foundation.

Stacey and Don have two grown daughters (both in the entertainment business) and one grandson in LA. In Dallas, they have 5 four-legged children.

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David Kubes

Marketing Consultant

David is originally from Chicago – where he started his career in Advertising. He moved to Dallas in 1984 to be President of Tracy Locke/ DDB Direct and continued his Advertising career in Dallas with senior management roles at Brierley & Partners, The Richards Group and Torchmark Corp.

He now does Advertising & Marketing Consulting projects and lives in McKinney with his wife Carolyn, daughter Olivia and Charlie…their rescue mutt with a distinctive under-bite.

David started his relationship with the SPCA of Texas as a Volunteer at the McKinney facility, became a participant on last year’s Strut Your Mutt committee, and is also on the Marketing and Communications Committee.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. He has served on the Board for the Dallas Direct Marketing Association, Children’s Oral Health Center and currently on Hopeful Solutions.

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Brent Lemon

Attorney, Law Office of D. Brent Lemon

Brent Lemon is an attorney with over thirty years of experience. His litigation practice involves a wide range of topics, including contracts, construction, consumer, business, and personal injury issues.

Brent is a native Texan and received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and law degree from Baylor School of Law.

While his law office is located in downtown Dallas, Brent lives on a ranch with his rescue dogs Orville and Wilbur, several rescue horses, a stubborn donkey named Pepper, and a herd of longhorns. Brent is a pilot and makes time to fly animal rescue missions for Pilots N Paws and volunteer medical transport missions with Angel Flight.

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Brian Loughmiller

Partner, Loughmiller Higgins P.C., and former mayor of McKinney

Brian grew up in Illinois and attended Illinois State University receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science followed by attending Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio obtaining a Juris Doctorate Degree.

Brian has been a practicing attorney for 32 years practicing predominantly family law. In addition to his law practice, Brian is a strong believer in public service in his community. Brian served on McKinney City Council as a council member from 2002 to 2008 and as Mayor of McKinney from 2009 to 2017 during which time McKinney was named by Money Magazine as the best city in America to live in. In addition Brian served as President of the Collin County Bar Association, worked with non profits such as Relay for Life and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Brian joined the SPCA of Texas Board of Directors in June of 2018.

Brian resides in McKinney with his wife Donna and has three grown children. Brian and Donna have a passion for animals. Moxie, the Black Lab in the picture as well as Nico, their Lab Great Pyrenees Mix were both adopted pets. Moxie passed away after 13 wonderful years with the family and Nico is now six years old. Brian believes the SPCA of Texas is the perfect organization to continue his volunteer activities as the organization continues to extend its services in both Dallas and Collin County.

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Rocky McKelvey, DVM

Regional Medical Director, VCA Animal Hospitals

Dr. McKelvey grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma before attending veterinary school at Oklahoma State University. During his childhood, his entire family was involved in everything from cattle ranching to race horse breeding and training. That, along with the constant pack of dogs around his home, instilled the passion for becoming a veterinarian at a very early age.

He has been a veterinarian in the DFW area for the past 35 years. From 1982 until 1996, Dr. McKelvey owned Beltline East Animal Hospital in Sunnyvale on the eastern side of the Metroplex.In 1996, he decided to join the VCA family of veterinary practices as the first VCA hospital in Texas. That led to his current position as President of the Veterinary PC and Regional Medical Director for VCA–currently overseeing the medicine practiced in over 60 VCA hospitals in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Dr. McKelvey met his wife Janet in 1996 and the couple was married in 2002. Currently, they live on five acres in Heath, Texas with two spoiled rotten Beagles, one of which they inherited after he had been abandoned at one of the VCA hospitals. In their off-time, they love to travel pretty much anywhere. Italy and the tropics seem to be ever present on their destination list. Even though Dr. McKelvey has not treated any horses in years, he still has a love for the horse races. Dr. McKelvey and Janet try to make a pilgrimage to Saratoga Springs, New York every August for a week of cool weather and racing.

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Jan Rees-Jones (non-voting)

Co-founder, The Rees-Jones Foundation

Since co-founding The Rees-Jones Foundation in 2006 with her husband Trevor, Jan Rees-Jones has poured time, energy and resources into improving the lives of animals in North Texas.

In fact, SPCA of Texas was one of the first organizations to benefit from The Rees-Jones Foundation. After Jan and Trevor saw a heart-tugging story about the SPCA of Texas’ struggles to meet the demand for animal welfare services, they picked up the phone and asked how they could help. They participated in the capital campaign, helping the SPCA of Texas expand its ability to provide high-quality care and assistance for thousands of animals in North Texas.

In addition to promoting the humane treatment of animals, The Rees-Jones Foundation focuses on helping children who suffer from abuse or neglect, face mental health challenges and other disabilities, or who could benefit from opportunities for enrichment and character development.

Through her work with The Rees-Jones Foundation, Jan feels blessed to be able to pursue with Trevor their personal mission of “serving God by serving others.”

Faith and family are at the top of Jan’s list of priorities. Jan and Trevor are privileged to spend a lot of time with their sons Trevor and David and their wives Jenny and Margaret, respectively – all of whom graduated from TCU. They all are actively involved in the family’s ongoing work through The Rees-Jones Foundation, where Jenny and Margaret serve on the staff. Jan is a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, where she has served in several board positions and actively participates in women’s Bible studies. 

Jan grew up in Richardson and graduated from Texas Tech University, where she currently serves as co-chair of the National Advisory Board for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

In her free time, Jan enjoys spending time with family and friends, flying (she recently achieved her dream of earning a pilot’s license), and loving on her three dogs, two of whom were rescued through the SPCA of Texas.

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Christina Sanders

Assistant General Counsel, NGP Energy Capital Management

Christina is the assistant general counsel at NGP Energy Capital Management, a private equity firm making direct equity investments in the energy sector. She applies her broad experience in the energy and private equity industries to the structuring and execution of transactions on behalf of both NGP and its portfolio companies. Prior to joining NGP, Christina was an Associate with the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP for over five years. As a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group, she focused her practice on energy private equity work, including investments in portfolio companies, oil and gas transactional work and private equity fund formations.

Christina has previously served on the Board of Directors for Equest and The Hockaday School Alumnae Association. A native of Dallas, she and her husband live in Richardson along with two cats (Ranger and Paisley). Christina is an avid horseback rider and enjoys spending her free time riding horses. She is passionate about rescue animals and is looking forward to contributing to SPCA of Texas’s mission.

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Kelly Thompson

Realtor, Ebby Halliday Realtors

Kelly grew up in the panhandle of Texas, attended Texas Tech University and now works as a Realtor for Ebby Halliday Realtors, Preston Keller Office.

She has lived in the Metroplex for over a decade and resides in north Dallas with Cassie, her beloved Sheltie. Before making the SPCA of Texas a priority, she was a sponsor for heartworm positive animals and fostered for a Sheltie rescue group.

She continues to foster for the SPCA of Texas. Kelly loves tennis, reading and snow skiing but her true passion is helping animals. Kelly is proud to be a part of this fabulous group of dedicated professionals who care passionately for the welfare of animals.

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Danny Tobey

Partner, Commercial and Business Litigation, Vinson & Elkins

Danny Tobey is a partner at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins, LLP. A Dallas native and graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Danny represents clients in trials and appeals in state and federal court. A long-time advocate of the SPCA of Texas, Danny has served as lead outside counsel for the organization in several matters and donated hundreds of hours of pro bono service.

Danny also sits on boards of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science and the Parkland Foundation and is 2016 co-chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Dallas Bar Association. Danny lives in Dallas with his wife Judith, a trust and estates attorney, and his three children. In his spare time, Danny enjoys writing fiction and is a published novelist with Simon & Schuster.

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"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

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