The City of Tyler and SPCA of East Texas reached an agreement that will expand help for homeless and recently adopted animals in the area after dissolving a prior lease agreement not due to expire until 2022.

A new agreement between the two parties will allow SPCA to repurpose a vacant building located at 3393 Grande Boulevard that was originally constructed to help with the abrupt closing of the Klein Shelter in Jacksonville in 2013.

The 3500 square foot building will be a new SNIPPET clinic and animal intake facility. The SPCA of East Texas will offer 850 vouchers to provide spay/neuter/rabies and microchipping to animals adopted from the City of Tyler shelter.

SPCA of East Texas has also agreed to tag 175 homeless pets per year for the next five years. They will be picked up by the SPCA within 48 hours of tagging, which will help reduce the burden on the number of animals housed in the city shelter.

The SPCA is also looking at building a 10-acre dog park.

The City of Tyler opened a new animal shelter earlier 2017, leaving the building on Grande Avenue vacant.

Established in 2010, the SPCA of East Texas is the fastest growing non-profit animal rescue in our community; providing rescue and adoption of homeless dogs and cats and offering affordable spay/neuter and vaccination services at their SNIPPET Clinic. Since 2014, the SPCA of East Texas has already spayed and neutered over 15,000 dogs and cats.