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This is a difficult time for so many, and we know that everyone’s concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are top of mind. We all love our pets, and now more than ever, their importance in our lives is front and center. To that end, the SPCA of Texas would like to share the most up-to-date information on our response, including its impact on animals and important information regarding SPCA of Texas programs, services, and events.

Click here for a message from our president with more information about the precautions the SPCA of Texas is taking for COVID-19.

MOST RECENT UPDATE - MARCH 30, 3 p.m.

In an effort to reduce the potential for COVID-19 to spread to more people via gatherings of people and protect the health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff and volunteers, as well as our community, the SPCA of Texas is closing our shelters, clinics, mobile adoption and mobile wellness events to the public starting Wednesday, March 18 through at least Sunday, April 5.

Keeping the safety of pets and their people in mind, we will continue to be here, as we have since 1938, to provide critical services to our community’s most vulnerable animals and their people. 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 continued support will allow us to continue in our important work to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

Redeploying Resources

Meanwhile, we will continue in our mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home. Please note that as of Tuesday, March 24, we are redeploying resources to support what our community needs most, specifically:

  • Will not offer adoptions to the public during this time and will cease placing animals out to foster.
  • Animal care staff will continue to meet the daily needs of all of our shelter pets, who are not at risk of contracting or transmitting coronavirus.
  • We are no longer offering spay/neuter services for our feline trap/neuter/return partners during this time.
  • We will continue to offer Pet Resource Center 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 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please visit www.spca.org/prc for more information on how we may provide food, medical, housing, or other assistance for your pet.
  • Volunteer shifts are closed at this time and badges will be deactivated to support the safety and wellbeing of all.
  • Our Animal Cruelty Investigations team will respond to emergency cases only.
  • We have paused transfers of kittens in from Dallas Animal Services.
  • We will take in alumni surrenders in the case of an emergency.

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.

What you can do

In addition to the pets at our Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas and Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, we have around 180 pets 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 These animals came to us from rescues our Animal Cruelty Investigations team performed over the last several weeks in Hunt, Van Zandt and Dallas Counties. 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, you have to 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 of Texas the SPCA 80210 to your Kroger Plus Card.  We will receive a portion of your purchases.  
  • Check out all of 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

 

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