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The Build-Out

  • The Cat Rotunda, with a view of the Cat Suites, at the new SPCA of Texas in Dallas. Chad M. Davis

Bright Lights, Big City (Shelter)

Some animal shelters suffer from lousy locations. It’s safe to say the SPCA of Texas’s new home will never have that problem. The facility, which fronts Interstate 30 in Dallas, has a commanding presence. “There are these three big walls that go up about 60 feet that have ‘SPCA’ in neon lights, so when you go by at night, you don’t miss it. The building is terra cotta and purple, so it kind of stands out from all the rest in the community,” says James Bias, president. The facility features a fully equipped medical wing and surgery suite to care for injured animals and to provide spay/neuter and wellness services to both shelter animals and owned pets; playrooms and outdoor green spaces where visitors can connect with adoptable pets; and classrooms for humane education programs and volunteer training. The 75,000-square-foot building already housed the SPCA of Texas’s public call center, its rescue and investigations team, and administrative offices, and replaces the 40-year-old Dealey Animal Care Center near downtown.

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