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(DALLAS, TX); April 10, 2017
—The SPCA of Texas is excited to announce that it has received a generous grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Hoglund Foundation over the next two years to help support the Community Pet Program in its efforts to provide free spay/neuter services through the South Dallas Pet Initiative and community outreach via the Pet Resource Center to help keep pets in homes, off the streets and out of shelters. These services will be provided to pets of people living in poverty in eleven South Dallas zip codes. Zip codes include: 75203, 75208, 75210, 75211, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75223, 75224, 75227 and 75241.

The goal of the Community Pet Program is to improve the quality of life for pets, increase the ability of owners to keep their pets within their current homes, and improve the relationship between families and their pets.

The Community Pet Program’s South Dallas Pet Initiative, which began in 2016, offers spays/neuters and vaccinations free of charge, and where residents have neither the resources nor the access to stem the growth rate of the number of loose dogs, which pose a threat to personal safety.

The Community Pet Program’s Pet Resource Center aims to provide medical, behavioral and housing help for pets of people living in poverty and provide assistance to owners who may otherwise relinquish their pets to local shelters.

The specific zip codes were chosen because the region serves as a virtual desert for animal services that help ensure responsible pet ownership. There are only three veterinary clinics for over 400,000 people across the 11 zip codes in South Dallas, including the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Clinic on Village Fair Drive. According to the Dallas County Community Health Needs Assessment, 25% of residents in South Dallas live below the federal poverty line.

The SPCA of Texas is able to provide exceptional care for these animals, and keep them in their loving homes, thanks to this generous grant from the Hoglund Foundation. Without support from foundations and donors like the Hoglund Foundation, the SPCA of Texas would not be able to afford the cost of the care for the animals necessary to save lives.

About the SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas. Founded in 1938, the non-profit operates two shelters, three spay/neuter clinics and an animal rescue center, all located in Dallas and Collin Counties, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators who respond to thousands of calls in seven North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. 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 national humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

About the Hoglund Foundation
Sally and Forrest Hoglund created The Hoglund Foundation in 1989 as a way to help others and give back to their community. Since its inception, the Foundation has grown dramatically, and has contributed more than $48 million in funding to more than 500 agencies. The Hoglund Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of at-risk children and families in the City of Dallas, Texas by partnering with organizations that provide education and family support services.











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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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