About Us

Mission Statement

The Mission of the SPCA of East Texas is to improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering and elevate their status in society.

Vision Statement

The vision of the SPCA of East Texas is to design, build and operate a warm, family friendly, local animal services center where we safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt, educate and advocate for animals in need.


External Values

  1. Animals enrich our lives
  2. Inspire responsibility for long-term commitment to animals
  3. Promote spay/neuter practices
  4. Strengthen relationships with city and county governments
  5. Be responsive to changing community needs
  6. Enlist the confidence of our donors, volunteers, and the community

Internal Values

A strong and supportive Board of Directors as evidenced by:

  1. Focusing on the mission of the SPCA of East Texas
  2. Respecting one another’s opinions and beliefs
  3. Sharing thoughts and ideas honestly and openly
  4. Demonstrating commitment to the organization and its goals

Current Situation

Currently, animal control services in Tyler and Smith County, along with Bullard, Whitehouse, Lindale, Chapel Hill, Arp and Troup must try to independently care for all animals taken into their custody. None of these entities have an animal shelter for the rescue and adoption of the thousands of homeless dogs and cats picked up each year.  This fragmented system results in confusion for local citizens, unnecessary spending, and extremely high volumes of euthanasia for many wonderful, adoptable animals.

In 2010, the SPCA of East Texas was established specifically to address the need for a local animal adoption center.  The SPCA of East Texas is currently developing plans for their beautiful 60 acre site at 3393 Grande in South Tyler.  The vision includes a modern, inviting, family friendly adoption center to house dozens of healthy, happy dogs and cats ready for adoption.  The master plan includes a 20 acre dog park, walking trails and picnic sites for the public to enjoy with their pets.  

Located in the heart of our community; This adoption center will not be just a “shelter” or “pound” where people drop off animals to be condemned to die. We will help all dogs and cats entering our program find loving forever homes. We want Tyler and Smith County to be recognized as an area of hope for homeless animals. Where dogs and cats picked up as strays are not condemned to die but given a second chance.

In 2014, the SPCA of East Texas opened the first local low cost spay/neuter clinic for Tyler.  Serving the public, our SNIPPET Clinic has already performed over 3500 surgeries to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens and reduce the number of animals euthanized by local animal control agencies.