Tyler SPCA celebrating opening of new adoption location on Saturday

KENNETH DEAN/STAFF The mural on the SPCA building at 5136 Old Bullard Road was painted by an Robert E. Lee High School art student. The SPCA is holding a grand opening event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the location.

The drywall is being finished and walls painted for Saturday's big event to celebrate the opening of the Tyler SPCA's temporary adoption location.

Deborah Tittle-Dobbs, of the SPCA, said the new building on Old Bullard Road behind Chip Swinney's dental office is a 1,700-square-feet facility where dogs and cats will be available for adoption on Saturdays.

"We really needed a place so we were able to secure this location, and it will be much easier to have our animals displayed on Saturdays for adoption," she said.

Mrs. Tittle-Dobbs said some local contractors donated their time to install air-conditioning, electrical and other much-needed items so the SPCA could save their money for the animals. 

"We've had a lot of support from some real animal lovers here in Tyler," she said.

Mrs. Tittle-Dobbs said the event Saturday will include hot dogs, snow cones, a bounce house for children, clowns and of course, dogs and cats that are up for adoption.

She said the cats are being brought by O'Malley's Cats, which is a local rescue group that takes in stray cats and attempts to find them homes. 

The sign on the front of the building, which can be seen from Old Bullard Road, was painted by a Robert E. Lee High School art student. 

Mrs. Tittle-Dobbs said plans are still underway to build on the location donated to the SPCA last year on Grande Boulevard and Old Noonday Road. 

"We had to get a permit and do some tree planting and erosion maintenance so to not lose our agricultural status on the land, which lowers our taxes," she said.

The event Saturday is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and more information can be found at spcaeasttx.com.

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