The SPCA of Texas is closing its facility in Collin County, known for housing horses and other livestock. According to a release, the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center and Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic (Perry Campus) in McKinney will close on April 30.
The SPCA'S other locations will remain open, including the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic, Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in South Dallas, and Ellis County Animal Care Center in Waxahachie. The SPCA also features adoptable cats at five PetSmart stores.
The SPCA of Texas first got into McKinney in 1993 when it merged with the Humane Society of Texas, providing them with a northern presence/branch. In 1997 and 1998, the SPCA of Texas purchased two adjoining properties that make up the now 30-acre lot that would later house the Perry Campus. Following construction, animals moved in on March 25, 2002.
Dogs, cats, and small mammals currently on site will continue to be up for adoption until the facility closes and will then be transferred to other locations.
Equine and livestock will be housed at the Perry Campus or partner boarding facilities until a permanent location is secured. Staff will remain to care for the animals on site until the facility permanently closes.
The SPCA of Texas expects that the campus will be permanently closed by summer.
They're also exploring other options for a continued presence in Collin County.
As a commenter noted on Facebook, the property is in the heart of all the Craig Ranch development, making the land very valuable.
The SPCA says that the future of the building and property is "still under consideration."
President/CEO Karen Froehlich said in a statement that "the organization completed a facility and operational review of the Perry Campus and determined that with the changing nature of animal sheltering versus pro-active community pet support and cost to repair or replace the facility would not be feasible financially at this time."
A spokesperson said:
- The group is more about medical and behavioral rehabilitation
- The group is shifting away from sheltering
- They don't expect the closure will deluge other groups with animals since they've been more focused on animal cruelty