NDG’s 25 Days of Christmas: The SPCA’s Holidays Pet Adoption Center offers the gift of year round pet love

Shelby, my co-editor, guardian protector and daily buddy

Giving the gift of a loving pet is one of the best gifts, when properly planned, you can give. The SPCA of Texas is again hosting the SPCA Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Center at NorthPark Nov. 23 – Dec. 23.

Seven years ago this month, as the first anniversary of my mom’s passing approached my friend – on her birthday – gave me the best gift ever, Shelby, my not so miniature (the picture says it all) Miniature Schnauzer. She belonged to a co-worker with health issues who no longer could care for her. We have been stuck like glue ever since.

Studies show that pets bring not only happy smiles and wagging tales but also, learning opportunities and health benefits. The responsibility of taking care of pets can not be taken likely but it can help teach children empathy and social skills.  For older family members the companionship goes a long way toward relieving a sense of loneliness. Also, according to the Center for Disease Control it can help lower not only their blood pressure but cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well.

Celebrating its 22nd year, the SPCA Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Center at NorthPark has provided special adoption experiences for more than 6,000 four-legged animals and their loving new families. Assistance is offered at select times to help families choose the right animals for their lifestyle. This year the event is scheduled for Nov. 23 – Dec. 23.

Please note that you must have a valid picture ID in order to adopt an animal from the SPCA of Texas.

The adoption fees are:

  • $95 to $125 for puppies 0-6 months,
  • $75 to $95 for dogs 6 months and older,
  • $50 for senior dogs 7 years and older; and
  • $50 for VIP dogs (those that have been waiting for a home for over 30 days).

The adoption fee includes:

  • age-appropriate vaccinations (which can include Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza and Bordatella),
  • spay/neuter surgery,
  • de-worming treatment,
  • initial heartworm preventative,
  • a rabies tag,
  • a leash,
  • a microchip; and
  • dogs over 6 months of age are also givena heartworm test (SNAP occult).

Don’t get your fur up cat lovers they have plenty of pets for you too! The cost to adopt a cat is $95 for kittens, $75 for cats, $50 for senior cats 7 years and older, and $50 for VIP cats.  The adoption fee includes age-appropriate vaccinations (which can include Rabies, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Caleci and Pan-Leukopenia), deworming treatment, spay/neuter surgery, a rabies tag, a temporary pet tote made of heavy-duty cardboard, and a microchip.  Cats over 4 months of age are also given a feline Leukemia test.

The storybook home-away-from-home of the pet adoption center is located on Level One between Macy’s and Dillard’s.

Pet adoption hours:

Monday – Friday  12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday   12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

So, this year, think about giving a gift that will make a difference year round. You will be rewarded with wet kisses, wagging tails or purling TV buddy.

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