(McKINNEY, TX, DALLAS, TX) August 27, 2012 -- Transport vehicles will arrive at the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, TX between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday, August 28th with approximately 110 cats and 80 dogs transferred from the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Tropical Storm Isaac looms in the Gulf of Mexico. The arrival time for this group was delayed due to a vehicle malfunction that prevented the safe transport of the animals. Another group of animals, approximately 65 cats and 25 dogs, will arrive from the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Mississippi, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. that same morning at the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas.
In an effort to create room for these incoming dogs and cats, the SPCA of Texas is offering a 50% discount off of all adoption fees for dogs and cats from Monday, August 27th through Friday, August 31st. Additionally, the SPCA of Texas’ two shelters will stay open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th. Normal hours for the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney are Noon to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
To ensure proper space to care for all animals, the SPCA of Texas will continue to admit animals who were previously adopted at the SPCA of Texas and animals that owners bring to the organization to be humanely euthanized, however the admitting department will not be available to the general public until more space is made at the SPCA of Texas through adoptions.
The Louisiana SPCA contacted the SPCA of Texas last Friday, August 24th, and asked the SPCA of Texas to provide for the care and placement of these animals, who were already waiting to find new homes at the Louisiana SPCA at the time of the transfer. This transfer will allow the Louisiana SPCA to respond to animals in need before, during and after Isaac hits the Gulf Coast. The SPCA of Texas will immediately begin individually evaluating the animals for placement or adoption and provide spay or neuter surgery for the handful of animals not already sterilized.
The Humane Society of South Mississippi contacted the SPCA of Texas on Sunday, August 26th, with a similar request, also to allow the Humane Society of South Mississippi respond to animals in need as Isaac hits the Gulf Coast. These animals were also already available for adoption before transfer.
The SPCA of Texas has a Memorandum of Understanding with each group that provides for mutual assistance of this type should any natural disaster strike.
The SPCA of Texas asks the community to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters. The SPCA of Texas encourages people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home.
If now is not the best time to introduce a new best friend to the family, the SPCA of Texas encourages people to help by giving to the SPCA of Texas. A donation form is located below this text. Support from the community at this time is especially critical, as the SPCA of Texas' resources are always stretched to the maximum in late summer.
To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, to help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.