Giving Animals a New Leash on Life!

About Us


Founded in September 2003, APET SPCA is a duly certified 501© (3) non-profit Texas corporation that has relied on private funding for operating its animal care center.  APET SPCA is located in Mineola, Texas, which is in the southern part of Wood County.

Wood County has one of the highest rates of abandoned dogs and cats in Texas. Currently, there is a need to shelter these animals until they can be rehabilitated and placed into loving homes through adoption, or be transferred to a partner rescue shelter.

In order to decrease the over-population, APET SPCA offers an active low-cost spay/neuter program to the public. Through neutering not only the abandoned animals, but also privately owned animals, the number of unwanted/abandoned animals in the area is greatly impacted. To meet the demand and reduce cost, APET SPCA applies for government grants, gives presentations to various groups, holds fundraising events and membership drives, and solicits and accepts individual donations.

Once APET SPCA was established, presentations were given to local government officials in Wood County to bring awareness to this East Texas problem and to ask for assistance. Local government funds from Wood County commissioners, and the cities of Hawkins, Mineola, Winnsboro and Yantis, TX were obtained to support APET SPCA’s low-cost animal health programs and animal shelter.  All other APET SPCA donations come from national foundations, grants, local organizations, citizens and animal lovers.



Chairperson - Currently vacant

Vice Chairperson Randy Munoz - Randy is a teacher who has served as a director for a couple of years now and recently became Vice Chairperson of the board. He brings to APET knowledge of business and grant writing in addition to being a dog lover


Treasurer Gary Nash - Gary brings a wealth of experience from working with rescue groups, and fostering/adopting out animals. He, along with his wife Gayla, relocated to the Mineola area after an administrative career with Spring Hill ISD.  His experience helps keep us in check as we take on additional responsibilities with our NEW ANIMAL CENTER.

Secretary Cindy Thatcher - Cindy has served as board secretary since joining the board in 2005. As such, she is able to provide history and answers concerning previous policies and procedures.  She is an English teacher for Mineola ISD as well as a huge animal lover.


Director of Operations Harvey Carraway -Harvey has been involved since we opened the Animal Center.  He oversees the Operations Manager and has a business background.


Director Connie Carlisle - Connie is our local "dog whisperer."  She is a magnet for stray dogs and cats and a foster for APET-SPCA. She and her husband, George, currently manage of our "Doggone Good Stuff" thrift store and keep that stream of income flowing.  There isn't a task that Connie doesn't tackle for APET-SPCA.


Director Barbara Deen - Barbara has served on the board for several years and brings lots experience with her having been a Vet Tech. She has agreed to serve as our Director of Animal Center Operations.  Her wealth of knowledge about policy, procedures and animal assessments is a major asset to APET-SPCA.


Director Lori Hayes - Lori joined the board in 2014 and has vast knowledge about domestic animals.  She has owned and managed a business in Mineola for the last several years and recently opened a pet grooming business.  She brings business and finance knowledge to the team.


Director Duane Lunday