The Dallas, TX headquarters of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SCPA) has to wait to move their four-legged creatures into their new home due to lack of funds.
Though they have raised over $2 million officials say they need millions more to turn the building bought last year into a center providing shelter, housing, and adoption services.
“The society has already raised $2.8 million, making it possible for officials to purchase a building and six acres at 2400 Lone Star Drive in West Dallas,” said writer Frank Trejo. “But the SPCA still needs about $4 million to transform the 72,000-square-foot building, which formerly contained offices and a warehouse, into an animal facility.”
The SPCA’s downtown Dallas shelter is called the Dealey Animal Care Center by the general public.
Opening in 1973, it houses around 200 animals in a little more than 20,000 square feet.
The center also provides spaying and neutering to over 8,000 animals yearly, according to staff.
But the society said they hope to increase that figure by 25 percent.
“We decided to move the facility after being informed three years ago that the Texas Department of Transportation is planning a major construction project in the Interstate 35-Interstate 30 area and that the Industrial Boulevard site probably would be in the middle of the targeted area,” said a staff member. “The organization is funded entirely through private donations and that the community ahs responded well to the fundraising effort.”
“The organization is excited about being in the area and being able to build a new area for the animals that would be more welcoming,” said SPCA Spokeswoman Maura Davies. “We actually looked upon it as a really great opportunity to replace an older facility that was basically aging and ailing.”
In unrelated SPCA news, the Massachusetts SPCA (MSPCA) announced today that an animal fighting and cruelty bill has been signed into law in that state.
Governor Romney signed H. 1765, a bill that strengthens the state’s animal fighting laws and also prevents abused animals from being returned to the same owners who have been convicted of abusing them. The bill was originally filed several sessions ago as the result of issues raised by the MSPCA, specifically the law enforcement department, about the need to clarify parts of the state’s animal fighting and cruelty statutes.
A list of other supporters of this bill and information about the new law can be found at mspca.org.