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SPCA of Texas Announces Leadership Change



(DALLAS, TX); February 15, 2019 – The SPCA of Texas and its Board of Directors are announcing a leadership change. Effective Friday, February 15, 2019, James Bias, President and CEO, will transition out of the organization and begin a new chapter in his career. The SPCA of Texas will immediately begin the search for a CEO while announcing Karen Froehlich as interim President and CEO.  

The SPCA of Texas continues in its mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home. In its 80 year history, the SPCA of Texas has become the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas, and has rescued, healed and found homes for millions of animals. Now, as ever, the organization will work to keep countless more animals in homes, out of shelters and off the streets.

“I feel that the SPCA of Texas is in an excellent position right now,” said Bias. “The staff and volunteers are led by a committed Leadership Team and Board of Directors. In fact, it is that good standing that has helped me make this difficult decision.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to thank James for his contributions to the SPCA of Texas,” said Patricia Villareal, Chair of the Board of Directors. “James will be transitioning to a short-term consulting role as we work to bring on a leader who will take this great organization to the next level.”

The Vice President for Animal Welfare, Karen Froehlich, will assume duties as interim President and CEO, reporting to the Board of Directors, until a permanent President and CEO is appointed. Karen is an accomplished animal welfare professional with proven experience directing all aspects of daily business operations within the animal welfare sector. She is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

As one of the oldest and largest non-profit organizations in North Texas, the SPCA of Texas continues to grow each year and is committed to serving the needs of animals in this community.

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 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


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