North Texas LINK Coalition Meeting August 10, 2018

When:     Friday, August 10th, 2018 at 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Where:   SPCA of Texas, 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, Texas 75212 – Continental Breakfast courtesy of SPCA of Texas

What:     Special Presentation by Dr. Erin Shults, Mazie’s Mission

RSVP:     To, no later than Tuesday, August 6, 2018

Dr. Erin Shults, founder, Mazie’s Mission will share the story of how Mazie’s Mission began, explain its non-profit, multi-tiered approach to animal welfare, and present on the organization’s community outreach with Hope’s Door New Beginning Center, a Plano/Garland based non-profit that provides hope and healing to victims of domestic violence and their children.


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Don’t forget to RSVP to by Tuesday, August 7, 2018!


North Texas LINK Coalition Meeting – July 13, 2018: The Coalition met at North Texas LINK Coalition member Brighter Tomorrows Irving Center to learn more about their Purple Paws program that accepts domestic violence victims and their pets in its Grand Prairie location.


North Texas LINK Coalition Meeting – June 8, 2018: The coalition met at SPCA of Texas’ headquarters, the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, Texas 75212. The SPCA of Texas presented on its Pet Resource Center that supports pet owners, including domestic violence victims, who are at risk of having to surrender their pets.


The coalition also welcomed new member, the Irving Family Advocacy Center! FAC functions in partnership with the City of Irving to provide free counseling services to that city’s youth and families. In addition, the Dallas County District Attorney operates a satellite office at the Irving FAC and assists victims with obtaining protective orders.

North Texas LINK Coalition Meetings May 2016 – Current: Since its formation in May 2016, the North Texas LINK Coalition has met monthly at its host agency SPCA of Texas Headquarters in Dallas or various coalition member facilities. 

2018 LINK Conference – March 8, 2018 – Dallas, Texas: A great success thanks to our sponsors, speakers, panelists, and attendees! Breaking the Cycles of Violence: A Species-Spanning Approach to Safer Families and Communities on Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Dallas, Texas.

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On March 9, 2018, professionals from cities throughout Texas and Oklahoma met in Dallas, Texas at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Richardson for an all-day conference, Breaking the Cycles of Violence, A Species-Spanning Approach to Safer Families and Communities. Keynote speaker was the internationally acclaimed lecturer, author and educator Phil Arkow, Chair of the Latham Foundation’s Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project, and Co-Founder of the National LINK Coalition. Breaking the Cycles of Violence explored the research-based LINK between animal abuse and human violence – “the dark side” of human-animal interactions and its impact on human relationships and social services, animal care and control, law enforcement and criminal justice, and human and veterinary medicine.

CLICK here to see the 2018 LINK Conference Brochure

Conference participants also heard presentations on link-related public policies, new animal cruelty code enhancements, and innovative programs to prevent family violence and to respond to its human and animal victims. Following the presentations, Mr. Arkow facilitated an open-floor Ask The Experts Q&A Panel featuring Felicia Kerney, Animal Cruelty Chief/Dallas County District Attorney’s Office; Shelby Bobosky, President/Texas Humane Legislative Network; David Alex, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office; and Art Munoz, Chief Investigator/SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit.

CEUs were offered: 4.5 hours TCOLE provided by The Family Place. 4.5 CLE hours provided by Texas Humane Legislation Network. 5.5 SW/LPC hours provided by The Family Place. 5.5 CE hours approved by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to apply toward animal control officer continuing education (CE) requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. 5.5 CE hours approved by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators [CAWA].

The Conference was hosted by the SPCA of Texas and North Texas LINK Coalition, and Debra Mitchell-Ibe, LMSW Senior Director, Training & Community Education, The Family Place served as Announcer. Sponsors included: SPCA of Texas, Texas Humane Legislation Network, Bamboo Grove Creative, Adult Protective Services Region 3 DFW, and these individuals: Linda Ross, Linda Yarbrough.

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