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SPCA of Texas Receives a $1.5 Million, Three-Year Grant from The Right Horse Initiative to Expand the Equine Program



(DALLAS, TX); May 14, 2018
— The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to announce that The Right Horse Initiative has granted $1,503,000 to expand the SPCA of Texas’ equine program over the next three years. The goal of the program is to focus on the quality of life for these horses and increase adoptions from an average of 75 per year to 300 per year in 2020.

The grant will allow the SPCA of Texas to become a leader in equine welfare by expanding its capacity to care for equine. This program will allow for managed intake through owner surrender, thus reducing the number of equine at-risk for cruelty/neglect. The SPCA of Texas will have the only owner-surrender program in the state of Texas and will act as a resource for owners in need.  

The SPCA of Texas currently houses equine at the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center, located at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, Texas. All of the current equine residing at the SPCA of Texas have been removed or surrendered in response to complaints of animal cruelty or neglect through the SPCA of Texas’ Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit. By allowing owners to surrender their equine, the SPCA of Texas hopes to prevent cruelty and neglect to equine before it happens, providing a solution for equine owners who are unable to care for their equine.

"This grant will allow us to say yes to equine owners in need of support,” said James Bias, President and C.E.O. for the SPCA of Texas, “There aren’t many resources for equine owners, so this program will provide a much-needed service to our community and beyond to improve the lives of horses.”

“We have high hopes for this program to make a big impact in the region. It’s an important step towards building the infrastructure to ensure owners will always have a humane option when they can no longer care for their horses and need help transitioning them safely,” stated Christy Counts, President of The Right Horse Initiative.

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, two mobile spay/neuter vehicles, one mobile adoptions vehicle 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. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, visit

About The Right Horse Initiative
The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. The Right Horse is an initiative funded by the WaterShed Animal Fund, a division of the Arnall Family Foundation dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals. Our goal is to massively increase the number of successful horse adoptions in the United States by working together to reframe the adoption conversation and shatter the stigma surrounding horses in transition.







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