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SPCA of Texas re-opens Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center; other facilities remain closed as distemper outbreak continues

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The SPCA of Texas is re-opening its animal shelter in Dallas for adoptions today (Thursday, July 14) after being closed for several weeks due to the canine distemper virus outbreak that began in early June. The Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center will resume its normal adoption hours, which means it will be open from noon-6 p.m.

seven days a week. Officials said this re-opening is for adoptions only at this one location, and the SPCA of Texas is not able to take in any animals at this time, including those previously adopted, those surrendered by owners and non-emergency stray animals from unincorporated Dallas County or Ellis County.

After the first cases of canine distemper were identified at the facility, SPCA of Texas’ medical team, led by Dr. Amber Alu and in consultation with veterinary viral disease expert Dr.

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