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$27 Million Expansion For Houston SPCA

The addition of three new buildings will double the capacity of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals facility which serves much more than just dogs and cats.


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Construction is underway on an expansion project of more than 100,000 square feet at the Houston SPCA. More than 350 species of wildlife injured or orphaned will be rehabilitated at the new $27 million campus.

Patricia Mercer is the director of the Houston SPCA. She says, "While many shelters just focus on dogs and cats, we are all about all, in fact this will be called our campus for all animals."

Included in the expansion is a 55,000 square foot pet adoption center and native wildlife center. The adoption facility will allow people to interact with dogs, cats and other small animals that are available for adoption.

There will be flight spaces for recovering owls, pelicans, and other birds. A 27-stall barn will house horses and other farm animals. Currently Mercer says they have roughly 16,000 cats and dogs coming in per year, about 10,000 native wild animals coming through the facility, and several thousand more that are horses and farm animals.

She says that they had no choice but to expand. "We have animals coming in from literally all across the Gulf Coast. There are not a lot of services for native wildlife and this is the only campus in the country where horses, farm animals, native wildlife and companion animals like dogs and cats are provided services on the same campus."


When complete there will also be two dog parks, and even a dormitory for Texas A&M veterinary students are part of the expansion.

"All fourth-year senior students are required to go through a two-week rotation and the plan has always been to actually move those students onto our campus." says Mercer.

Construction should be completed in early 2018. When the expansion is finished they will renovate the current adoption center and convert it into a state-of-the-art animal hospital and rehabilitation center for animals rescued by the Houston SPCA cruelty investigation team.


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