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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

Geographic areas served: North Texas


Pet Adoptions:

The SPCA of Texas operates two animal shelters in Dallas and Collin Counties—the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Adoption Center in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Adoption Center in McKinney—and finds homes for more than 5,000 pets each year. The animals up for adoption at the shelters are either rescued from cruelty and abuse, brought in through owner surrender or are transferred from our partner shelters. In addition to cats and dogs, the SPCA of Texas finds homes for small animals, including rabbits, hamsters, ferrets and birds. Our Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney also houses livestock facilities where people can adopt horses, sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs and fowl. The SPCA of Texas is a managed intake, reservation required shelter and does not euthanize animals for time or space. There are no limits on how long animals can stay in the shelters. Dogs and cats adopted from the SPCA of Texas are spayed or neutered, current on age-appropriate vaccinations, have a microchip and come with a fourteen day health check-up.

Veterinary Services - Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinics:

The SPCA of Texas features three spay/neuter and animal wellness clinics in Dallas and McKinney: the Myron K. Martin Clinic in West Dallas, the Mary Spencer Clinic in South Oak Cliff and the Russell H. Perry Clinic in McKinney. The focus is low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, annual exams, vaccines, heartworm preventative and preventative care for pets whose owners are indigent and/or doe not have the resources to provide for their pets' basic veterinary care. Clients are able to care for their pets using low-cost co-pays. Additionally, the SPCA of Texas has a mobile spay/neuter clinic that moves through Southern Dallas, providing free spay/neuter to residents in need as part of the Community Pet Program.

Animal Cruelty Investigations:

The Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit (ACI) investigates complaints of animal cruelty and neglect from both the public and law enforcement. The ACI Unit consists of a chief investigator, six humane investigators, one case manager and one veterinarian. The chief investigator, a full-time employee of the SPCA of Texas, is also a commissioned special investigator for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Animal Cruelty Unit and each of the humane investigators come from extensive law enforcement backgrounds. Each year, the ACI Unit answers nearly 4,000 calls resulting in over 3,000 investigations, the seizure of over 2,000 animals and several criminal convictions. The ACI Unit has signed Memorandums of Understanding with several law enforcement agencies in North Texas which allow investigators to independently obtain warrants, make arrests and file cases directly. The ACI Unit directly serves seven counties in North Texas, and will assist in large scale seizures across the state of Texas. All animals that are rescued by the ACI Unit are transported to the Animal Rescue Center where veterinary teams, behaviorists, and animal care staff can provide specialized attention to rehabilitate these animals.

Community Pet Program:

The Community Pet Program (CPP) works to keep pets in homes, off streets and out of shelters. The program focuses on pets and their people living in poverty by using a multi-faceted approach of community outreach, spay/neuter services and preventative care through the Pet Resource Center. 1. Community outreach is at the heart of the program. Outreach coordinators go door to door in the community, educating people on necessary care for their pet and to inform of them of free services for their pets. The main component of community outreach are numerous wellness events per year that provide free vaccinations, wellness exams and spay/neuter to residents. 2. Free spay/neuter is essential to prevent the continued growth of the pet population. In southern Dallas, currently facing a crisis of loose dogs roaming the streets, a massive spay/neuter effort is required to increase public safety by lowering the amount of loose animals. 3. The Pet Resource Center is a community resource that works with owners at risk of turning their pets loose on the streets or surrendering them to the shelter by providing free medical, behavioral and pet housing assistance.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

These people are not only angels, but they are talented, experienced, and skilled at evaluating and rehabilitating the neglected and abused furry souls that they rescue. 4 years ago I adopted a Rottweiler-Shepherd mix that had been rescued from a deplorable situation, emaciated and very fearful of people to the point he would not make eye contact, with a fear of small confined spaces to the extent had difficulty walking through doorways and would not get in a vehicle for transportation. They worked with him for a couple months, taught him to sit and motivated by food, he learned to bond. On their recommendation, I chose him. When I adopted him, he continued to gain weight, learned to jump into my truck, and is now a 95 lb lap baby. He's the sweetest most loving and well behaved dog I've every owned. THANK YOU to the staff at SPCA of TX for seeing his potential, helping him overcome his issues and choosing him for me. Ya'll are the BEST.


Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the SPCA for over 7 years. I have adopted 4 animals from them. Yes, I am sort of the crazy dog lady. They are dedicated and compassionate people that infest all of themselves in every animal that crosses their path. My experience both as a volunteer and as an adopter has been overwhelmingly positive. This is a top notch organization with a really big heart.


Rating: 5

In my opinion, the SPCA does some amazing work! I've volunteered there and have seen first hand the work the employees and the volunteers do on a daily basis. So many caring people who truly have the animals' best interest in mind. The work is not always fun, sometimes sad, but people are resilient (as are many animals!) and they continue on doing great work!



Rating: 5

Every time we watch a story on the local news where they highlight some situation where the SPCA of Texas has helped animals, we am glad we donate to them. We know our dollars are doing good and that local animals are benefiting from their staff and the efforts the provide.

Donald A.1


Rating: 5

Been donating to them for a while and have been very pleased at how they operate and what they represent. Also, I live in Kansas.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Of course the SPCA does amazing things for animals, but the way their treat everyone (Employees, Volunteers and Clients) is just as amazing. It's basically a big family all working together on something they are all passionate about. I deal with a lot of businesses this size, and it's rare to find one that is this caring of their staff. Great Organization that's extremely passionate about what they do.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

I love the SPCA of Texas! They are such a great organization and treat the animals with such care. The facility is clean, and the animals are lovingly fussed over by employees and volunteers. I also like the fact that the SPCA of Texas does not euthanize for lack of space. All of the animals get the time they need to be adopted.


Rating: 5

SPCA of Texas is an outstanding nonprofit that has gone great lengths to serve the surrounding area whether by providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries, taking in unwanted animals and helping them find their forever homes, or coming to the rescue of abused or neglected animals. I have been a volunteer with the SPCA of Texas for over 5 years in multiple capacities and I have always seen generosity, compassion, and love for the animals in their care. They are also very appreciative of their volunteers and their customers. Stop by the Dallas or McKinney locations to see it for yourself!
~Christine P.