The SPCA of East Texas will celebrate the grand opening of its adoption center on Saturday.
The animal welfare organization was founded in 2010 and recently moved to the new location at 4517 Old Bullard Road in August.
Thirty-five local businesses contributed to renovating the house into an adoption center.
The new space features a reception area, indoor kennels, indoor rooms with cat towers, outdoor fenced areas and catteries, or outdoor enclosures for cats.
The catteries were separated from the house to give the cats their own space away from the barking dogs.
The center is a foster-based program, meaning that during the week all the pets stay in foster homes, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, an adoption event is held to find those pets a forever home.
In this way, the SPCA East Texas considers itself a shelter without walls.
When a family fosters the animals, they learn what it is like to be in the home environment.
“They are learning those good behavioral skills, which makes them more adoptable,” Executive Director Karen Parker-Kilgore said. “That is the one thing that keeps us going here.”
People who are interested in adopting an animal should fill out an application for the animal. They also need to provide veterinary information if they already own an animal and bring any existing pets to visit the animal they are looking to adopt. For all dogs that are adopted, out a home visit is required.
In addition to the adoption center, the SPCA operates a clinic at 3405 ENE Loop 323 in Tyler. The clinic provides affordable spay/neuter services along with vaccinations, heartworm tests and prevention, flea prevention and nail trims.
“Our goal is to reduce the pet overpopulation in East Texas by offering affordable spay and neuter,” Kilgore said. “We are hoping to reach people out in the community that may not otherwise get their other animal spayed or neutered.”
The center receives between 25 and 50 calls a day from people in the community who need help with stray animals.
“We can only take animals in when we have foster families to help us,” Kilgore said. “We have a great set of foster families, but we could probably use 100 more.”
The adoption center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
IF YOU GO
WHO: SPCA of East Texas
WHAT: Adoption Center Grand Opening
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
WHERE: 4517 Old Bullard Road, Tyler
INFO: Refreshments, giveaways and pizza
There will be adoption fee specials with cats for $50 and dogs for $125.