TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – More space and services are coming to help animals in East Texas. On Wednesday, the East Texas SPCA announced its “Raise the Woof” campaign. This will help them renovate their new 16,000 square foot building in Tyler.
They have already raised over $1 million and are now asking the public to help them reach their goal of $2 million.
With this facility, the SPCA will be able to host all of its programs in one place. They currently operate from three locations in Tyler.
The new building will house a state-of-the-art medical clinic, a shelter for dogs and cats, as well as all their administrative services.
“Better services, the facilities themselves will be upgraded with special flooring to help control disease and new surgical equipment. We are adding a second full-time vet next year. We are trying to meet the demand for animals in East Texas and there is a huge demand. So we’re excited to be able to offer a solution,” said President and Founder Deborah Dobbs.
The SPCA said the new space will help reduce operating costs and increase staff potential. There will be indoor/outdoor animal kennels, an indoor and outdoor run, a snippet clinic, meeting and drop-in rooms for adoption, and more.
Dobbs said the East Texas SPCA was in its twelfth year and they started with two desks and two phones in a one-room office.
“Over the years, we have expanded from place to place, renting various properties around town. But the business model had to be redesigned. So this building became available, it was big enough, it’s close to the community, it’s easy to get to. We just couldn’t say no,” Dobbs said. “It’s almost, I have to pinch myself because a lot of this building was already finished and it’s entrances and windows that exist now. We make maximum use of the existing structure and then we add the unfinished areas.”
To learn more about the campaign, visit //www.spcaeasttx.com/raisethewoof The new building is located at 3245 West Grande Boulevard, Tyler, TX.
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