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Extra! Extra! Read all about these fantastic fifth-graders!


The fifth grade class at River Oaks Baptist School has made headlines in our hearts. At the beginning of the year, for the past several school years, the fifth grade class has been challenged to collect as much newspaper as they can to donate to the Houston SPCA. Their yearly service project yields stacks of paper to help keep the animals’ kennels comfortable and clean. This year these spectacular students collected SIXTY-SIX BOXES full of newspaper! These eight amazing representatives of the class had the opportunity to visit the shelter and even get a tour as a token of our gratitude.


And that’s not all! After learning about child labor laws of the early 1900s, all of the students in the class work with their parents to come up with house chores for which they’ll get paid, and then they donate their earned wages to the Houston SPCA. We applaud River Oaks Baptist School for teaching their students to be responsible and humane young citizens and we’re honored to be on the receiving end of their continued generosity.

Way to go, kids!


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iWalk for Animals 2013 Is Right Around the Corner!

Sometimes you probably wonder what you can do to help out the animals at the Houston SPCA.

Or maybe you think about how you can help out your animals that you already have at home.

This weekend the Houston SPCA has an event taking place in which you can do both!

It’s called iWalk for Animals and it is a great way for you to help out the rescued animals at the Houston SPCA AND give your pets a bit of exercise, love, and attention!

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The Houston SPCA started iWalk for Animals three years ago as an event to encourage animal enthusiasts around Houston and the world to walk their animals together to help give abused, neglected, and orphaned animals a second chance at life.

The best part about iWalk for Animals is that you can walk with your pets any time of day or night and anywhere you choose on November 10, 2013 and know that you are walking with thousands of people across the world to help animals who need a home.

You are doing something on a GLOBAL scale with people just like you who care about animals! That’s pretty darn awesome!

How does this benefit your animals you may ask? Taking your pets for a walk or spending some extra time playing with them has many health benefits as well as emotional benefits for them. They get a bit more exercise to help with cardiovascular health as well as more bonding time with their favorite people in the world– YOU! So grab you best friend and take them on a nice walk!

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So what is the goal of iWalk for Animals?

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The Houston SPCA wants to raise $350,000 to help support all of the life-saving programs that they offer to the community, including adoptions of rescued animals to loving families, animal cruelty investigations, the 24-hour injured stray animal rescue ambulance, disaster relief, and much more. How could you not want to support that??

From the President of the Houston SPCA Patricia Mercer, “We are very excited about the flexibility of iWalk for Animals. We understand people are especially busy these days. With iWalk for Animals, we want to offer a new, refreshing opportunity for people who love animals to enjoy a simple outdoor activity – wherever they are – while raising money to support animal protection and rescue. Participants do not have to go far, but the dollars they raise will have a profound impact on thousands of animals in need of our help.”

To be a part of iWalk for Animals, register by Sunday November 10, 2013. You can register as an individual or as a team with your family, friends, and co-workers. Everyone who registers will receive their own iWalk for Animals t-shirt to show your support for animals in need! It takes about 5 minutes to register – what are you waiting for?

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We’re ready for iWalk for Animals – Are you?

If you want to be a part of the movement on Sunday November 10, 2013 you can register as an individual or as a team by clicking on this link:

Want to support the Houston SPCA iWalk for Animals team? Click on this link: