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Who We Are

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paw What Does "No Kill" Mean?
paw The Staff of the Trudy Brune Hill Country SPCA
paw The Hill Country SPCA Board of Directors
paw Our Volunteers
paw Location and Contact Information

Our Mission and History

The Hill Country SPCA is the only non-profit, no-kill animal shelter providing services to the Texas Hill Country.

Our funding comes strictly from donations, grants, and fundraising events. We are not supported by tax dollars.

Our Mission

Because every single animal has value, the Hill Country SPCA is dedicated to:

  • Preventing cruelty and neglect of domesticated animals in the Texas Hill Country

  • Reducing the number of homeless and unwanted companion animals

  • Eliminating euthanasia of unwanted animals

  • Fostering responsible pet ownership

  • Providing shelter and placement services for homeless and unwanted animals

Our History

The Hill Country SPCA was chartered as a 501(c) (3) non profit organization in the state of Texas in October, 1997.

From Day One, it was the dream of the HCSPCA organizers and volunteers to have their own shelter facility.

This dream came true in 2003 when Ed and Trudy Brune offered to underwrite a new shelter facility to be named after Trudy, in recognition of her life-long love of animals.

Construction on the new building began in 2004, and the animals and staff moved into their new quarters in September, 2005.

The grand opening of the Trudy Brune Hill Country SPCA shelter facility was held in January, 2006.

image of our new shelter

From October 1997 through December 2013, the Hill Country SPCA has found loving homes for more than 3,360 unwanted dogs and cats and has paid for an additional 4,726 dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered at NO COST to their owners.


What Does "No-Kill" Mean?

Once an animal is accepted in our adoption program they are not euthanized for space reasons. Unless there are medical or behavioral issues that develop deeming an animal un-adoptable, a cat or dog will stay in our adoption program until they find their forever home.

The policy regarding euthanasia of animals under our care is that no animal will be euthanized unless:

1.  Medical Necessity:  The animal is proven to have a disease or injury so severe as to be untreatable, incurable, or irreparable by currently available humane medical procedures.  At least two Hill Country SPCA directors must agree, AFTER consulting with a licensed veterinarian regarding the animal’s condition, that euthanasia is indicated.

2.  Dangerous aggression beyond rehabilitation:  The animal is so vicious as to be a threat to other animals or human companions, and such temperament is deemed not correctable by available professional training methods.  At least two Hill Country SPCA directors must agree, after consulting with an Animal Behavior Consultant, that euthanasia is indicated.

The Staff of the Trudy Brune Hill Country SPCA

The staff of the Trudy Brune Hill Country SPCA is responsible for the management and operation of the shelter facility.

Staff members:

  • Evaluate and admit unwanted dogs and cats,

  • Care for the animals while they are in the shelter, and

  • Facilitate their adoption by loving new families.

In addition, the staff supports the fundraising and community outreach efforts sponsored by the Board of Directors.


Members of the staff include:

Director: Kristin Szafraniec Email: ShelterManager@hillcountryspca.com

Animal Caregivers: Kaitlyn Esensee, Adam Haun, Itzi Howard-Kneitz, Tia Schenewerk

Email: Info@hillcountryspca.com and Adoptions@hillcountryspca.com

 

The Hill Country SPCA Board of Directors

The Hill Country SPCA Board of Directors is responsible for the health and welfare of the Hill County SPCA organization and oversees the management and operation of the Trudy Brune Hill Country SPCA shelter facility.

Board members:

  • Provide liaison to other community organizations,

  • Coordinate fund raising activities,

  • Provide financial planning and management, and

  • Work to ensure that the Hill Country SPCA is a contributing member of our community.

Currently, members of the Board of Directors are:

President: vacant

Vice President: John Klein

Secretary: Karen Kiehne

Treasurer: Jennifer Ottmers

Board Members are:

Trudy Brune

Kristin Szafraniec

The HCSPCA Board of Directors meets at 6 PM on the second Monday of every month at the Trudy Brune Hill Country SPCA. Interested persons are welcome to attend with prior approval of the Executive Committee.



Our Volunteers

Volunteers are the life blood of the Hill Country SPCA.

Volunteers:

  • Help care for the animals,

  • Provide animal training and TLC,

  • Maintain the shelter grounds,

  • Serve as receptionists at the front desk,

  • Conduct fundraising and community outreach activities, and, in general,

  • Do whatever is needed for the welfare of the animal

Visit our Volunteer page to learn how you can help.


Location and Contact Information

The Trudy Brune Hill Country SPCA is located at:

2981 Highway 16 South,
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 Map It!

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Our mailing address is:

The Hill Country SPCA
2981 Highway 16 South
Fredericksburg, TX 78624


We can be contacted at:

Phone: (830) 990-9085

email: info@hillcountryspca.com


Our hours are:

Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm
Sat 10 am-2 pm
Closed Sunday


Driving Directions

From Austin

Take I-290 West to Fredericksburg. Turn left on Highway 16 and drive south approximately 5 miles. Our facility is on your left, across from the Gillespie Country Fairgrounds and the Airport.

From San Antonio

Take I-10 North/West toward El Paso. Exit at 87 North to Fredericksburg. Take 87 to Highway Street and take a left. Follow Highway Street west to Highway 16 South. Turn left at the stoplight onto Highway 16. Go approximately 2.5 miles south. Our facility is on your left, across from the Gillespie Country Fairgrounds and the Airport.

From Kerrville

Take Highway 16 North to Fredericksburg, approximately 22 miles. Our facility is on your right, across from the Gillespie Country Fairgrounds and the Airport.


Make a Donation for the Animals in Our Care

We spend more than $50 a month to provide food, shelter, and medical attention for each animal in our care.

If you would like to help us, please visit Help the Animals to make a secure online donation.

The Hill Country SPCA respects the privacy of its donors and does not sell or exchange any donor information.


Remember…. It’s all about the animals!

The Hill Country SPCA
2981 South Highway 16
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
(830) 990-9085