‘Paws in the Plaza’ is Tuesday at Victory Plaza

There’s more to the SPCA than just dogs and cats! Check SPCA.org/findapet to see all the animals currently available for adoption through SPCA of Texas.

American Airlines Center is hosting “Paws in the Plaza” on Tuesday June 20, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center in Victory Plaza as a way to help homeless critters find loving homes as well as benefit the SPCA of Texas and its Community Pet Program. The event will collect leash and collar donations for the Community Pet Program and raise funds for SPCA.

Organizers hope to collect at least 35,000 leases and collars for the program, which “provides another layer of support to the people and their pets of Southern Dallas, keeping pets in homes, off the streets and out of shelters.” Chewy.com kicked off the effort by donating 400 leashes and collars.

Paws in the Plaza will include pet-friendly activities, vendors, food trucks, $25 on-site pet adoptions, raffles and more. For each leash or collar you donate, you’ll get a raffle ticket, and Dustin Kross with The New Hot 93.3 will be broadcasting live from the Victory Plaza studios.

SPCA of Texas is offering $25 dog and cat adoptions through Sept. 3. The fee includes spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older, and an FIV/FeLV for cats for months and older. It also includes an initial flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative, a microchip, 30 days of free PetHealth Insurance provided by PetPlan, a free 14-day wellness exam with VCA Animal Hospitals, a free year-long subscription to Activ4Pets, a rabies and tag and a free leash.

The event is sponsored by American Airlines Center, Chewy.com, Citydog! Club, DFW Street Eats, Levy, Noah’s Bark All-Natural Dog Biscuits, The Arrangement, Uber, Victory Park and Victory Tavern City Grille. Good Morning Texas/WFAA and New Hot 93.3FM are media sponsors.

Check here for information on pets available for adoption through SPCA, and here for more information on SPCA of Texas. Read Dallas Voice each Friday, online and in print, to see our SPCA of Texas Pet of the Week. And watch DVtv in Spayse on the fourth Friday of each month — streaming live on the Dallas Voice Facebook page and on the Spayse Studios YouTube channel — for our video Pet of the Month from the SPCA of Texas.

—  Tammye Nash

SPCA offering reward in animal cruelty case

Here at Dallas Voice, we are getting ready this week to publish our Pet Issue, which will hit newsstands on Friday. Since we are preparing for that special issue, I thought it would be appropriate to pass along this bit of information:photo774

The SPCA of Texas, through funding by the Murrell Foundation, is offering a $5,000 reward tO anyone who provides information leading to the indictment of the suspect or suspects responsible for impaling two house cats by their hind legs on a fence outside an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Redmond Drive in Dallas.

The complex is located near the intersection of I-30 and Westmoreland Road. The incident happened shortly before 3 a.m. on June 27.

Anyone with information on the crime should contact Dallas Police Detective Ira Carter at 214-671-0633.

SPCA of Texas President James Bias noted that there is “a well-documented link” between cruelty to animals and violence against humans. Cruelty toward animals, he said, is “often an early warning sign of violent tendencies” toward humans, and “Child cruelty to animals has been linked to later anti-social and aggressive behavior.”

The SPCA statement announcing the reward also said: “The SPCA of Texas is committed to stopping this cycle [of abuse] through maintaining an active Rescue and Investigations team that responds to reports of abuse and neglect in eight North Texas counties, through lobbying the Texas Legislature to strengthen animal cruelty laws, by encouraging the community to get involved in their local and state government to advocate for animals and by encouraging individuals to report suspected animal cruelty to their local law enforcement agency and the SPCA of Texas. To report suspected animal cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse.

—  Tammye Nash

Dallas Animal Services releases new gay-friendly pet adoption ad

Dallas Animal Services has a simple message: “Adopt a shelter pet.” The inclusive ad depicts a couple of LGBT families adopting dogs and cats.

The modern, new shelter is located on the northeast corner of Westmoreland Road and I-30. From downtown, exit Hampton Road and remain on the service road to Westmoreland, then turn right. This shelter replaced the old ones in Oak Cliff near the zoo and in Pleasant Grove.

—  David Taffet

Pet lovers unite and shop tonight at Northpark

Just a quick mention that tonight, Lilly Pulitzer at Northpark is hosting a cocktails and shopping event tonight. Now, shopping and drinking might be some of y’all’s weekend hobby but tonight, it’s about the cats and dogs. This party kicks off the SPCA of North Texas’ FurBall in November. Tonight is a sort of the teaser trailer for the big shindig with 10% of sales benefiting the SPCA.

If only I could tell you how this relates to my upcoming lead story this week in the Life+Styles section.

The event starts tonight at 6 p.m. This party must be fancy. The last line of their e-mail said, “We will have a photographer there, but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.”регистрация сайта в яндекс каталоге

—  Rich Lopez