About Us



APET-SPCA Animal Center will be closed until further notice, starting 4/1/2020

If you are interested in adopting one of our animals, please call to make an appointment.



Currently there are six directors who serve on the APET-SPCA Board. They are as follows:


CJ Thatcher, Chairman

CJ moved to Wood County in 1986 and has lived in Mineola, Lindale and Winnsboro. After working for KMOO Radio and the Mineola Monitor, she became a teacher at Mineola ISD in 1988. She later left MISD to become a secondary principal at Yantis ISD, and most recently at Hawkins ISD. CJ has loved animals of all kinds her whole life, and joined APET in 2004. She served as Board Secretary for many years and currently serves as Board Chair.  When she isn't working at the APET thrift store or animal center, she is actively rescuing and fostering dogs and cats in need. CJ shares her home with five dogs and two cats. 

Roberta Edwards, Secretary

In 2017, Roberta and her husband Mark moved permanently to East Texas from the DFW area after regular weekend visits to their property which they have owned for 30+ years. East Texas with all its beauty and hospitality has always been their target for retirement. Roberta has worked for the same company, Bank of America for 40 years. Once settled in to their new home, Roberta went to the APET Shelter to look for opportunities to become a volunteer in her local community. After supporting local adoption events,  she was approached to join the Board as a member, which she gladly accepted  Her love for all animals goes far back to her roots in Georgia, 45+ years, where her Mom and Dad rescued feral cats, had them neutered or spayed and either adopted them, or if too wild, released them back where they found them. After moving to Texas, she continued on with their legacy by supporting local rescue groups in the DFW area in pet adoption events, clear the shelter events and transporting animals from local shelters to rescue /foster groups within the state. Her passion is and will always be protecting all God's animals.

Tim Cagle, Treasurer

Tim and his wife Glenda moved to Mineola from Dallas in 1980. He formerly worked as an auto mechanic at the Porsche dealership in Richardson, Texas. He graduated from UT Tyler in 1986 with a BA in computer science. Tim worked at several jobs in information technology and software programming at various firms in the East Texas area before retiring in 2013. He and Glenda enjoy caring for a sixteen year old Dachshund named Maggie they raised from a puppy when they were first experiencing being empty nesters. Tim joined the APET board in 2016. He believes people of all ages can benefit from the opportunity to care for and interact with our deserving animals.

Dyane Vaughn, Director

Dyane and her husband, Dudley, moved to Yantis in 2018 due to Dudley’s employment transfer and their desire to be near their only child who lives in Frisco. After 40+ years as a legal assistant, Dyane chose to retire and pursue the things she had always hoped to find time to do. Dyane has been a board member since 2019. In a chance meeting with CJ, she mentioned her desire to volunteer with animals and now serves on the Board after a few months of volunteering.  Dyane is proud that all her current pets, 4 dogs and 2 cats, are all rescues. She has also been a parent to three parrots and two cockatiels.