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Animal lovers in H-Town already depend on the Houston SPCA to care for neglected, abandoned, and abused animals, but now responsible pet owners can turn to the SPCA experts for care of their puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats.

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Regular preventative care can improve your pet's health and wellbeing.

The newly opened Pet Wellness Clinic focuses on preventative care for owned pets, including regular exams, vaccinations, microchipping, and flea and heartworm prevention, all under the direction of Dr. Roberta Westbrook, chief animal welfare and medical officer for the Houston SPCA.

The walk-in clinic is open to the public and their pets Thursday through Sunday, 10 am-5:30 pm, and is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Although it is primarily a walk-in clinic, there are a limited number of appointments available.

The clinic is located on the Houston SPCA's Campus for All Animals, directly behind the Adoption Center and adjacent to the Rehoming and Foster Care Centers at 900 Portway Dr.

Here are some things to know before your visit:

  • The clinic currently only serves cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies
  • All dogs must be on a leash
  • All cats must be in a carrier
  • Veterinary services are not provided for injured or ill pets
  • Spay or neuter services are not currently available

Find a full list of the Pet Wellness Clinic's programs and services here.

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Aquarium Nation Expo

The Aquarium Nation Expo is the will feature thousands of fish, corals, shrimp and other invertebrates, aquariums, supplies and more. There will also be several vendors from all over the country and educational presentations and workshops. Reptilian Nation Expo will be next door.

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Houston SPCA's animal ambulance saves 3 tiny kittens in dramatic rescue

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Each year, the Houston SPCA's 24-hour animal ambulance responds to more than 6,000 calls for help, rescuing puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, wild animals, and even small farm animals.

They are rescued from busy freeways; inside walls, sewers, and drains; and deep ravines and ditches.

Late Monday evening in northeast Houston, the animal ambulance responded to a report of three kittens trapped inside a car’s hot engine compartment.

An Emergency Medical Veterinary Technician (EMVTs are trained veterinary technicians) safely removed the kittens through the car’s undercarriage, followed quickly by treatment for heat distress using cloths soaked in room-temperature water and a portable fan to lower body temperatures.

Veterinary staff reported that it is a miracle the kittens did not sustain burns.

All three little felines — now named Haley, Alexandra, and Luke — were transported to the Houston SPCA Medical Center, where veterinarians say they are doing very well despite the dangerous situation.

The kittens are currently in the Houston SPCA kitten nursery, where they can safely grow until they are old enough for adoption.

The Houston SPCA’s 24-hour rescue animal ambulance is the only one of its kind in the region and serves all of Harris County, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a rotating team that includes five EVMTs.

Under the direction of Dr. Roberta Westbrook, this unit of experienced veterinary technicians can quickly access injured animals’ needs at a scene, helping to save more lives.

If you spot an unowned and injured or distressed animal, call 713-880-4357 (HELP) immediately.

Watch footage of the dramatic rescue below:

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Houston SPCA to host free seminar about estate planning for your pets

Plan Ahead

It's a topic that no one is pumped to sit down and deal with, but August is "Make a Will Month" so let's talk estate planning and your pets.

Just like planning for a child, parents, or grandparents, responsible pet owners should have a Plan B for their beloved pets.

With that in mind, Houston SPCA is hosting a free seminar titled Estate Planning and Your Pets, where such questions as “Whom should you name as a pet’s guardian?" and "For how long and what will the quality of care look like?” will be addressed.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, August 29, at the Houston SPCA's Carruth Education Center from 11 am-1 pm.

John Strohmeyer, a Houston tax and estate law attorney and a good friend of the Houston SPCA, will lead the conversation. Strohmeyer is an accomplished estate planning lawyer with professional insights and experience. He will guide you through the maze of often complex estate law and answer questions specific to planning for yourself and your pets.

A light lunch will be also served. Space is limited, and seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

RSVP now by calling 713-869-7722, extension 161, or by emailing ktaylor@houstonspca.org.

If you have further questions or need more information, feel free to reach out to Pat Quinn, director of major gifts and gift planning, at 713-869-7722, extension 141, or pquinn@houstonspca.org.

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Meet your new best friend at Houston SPCA's Clear the Shelters event

Ready, Set, Adopt

If you've been waiting for a sign that now is the right time to adopt a furry friend, this is it.

On Saturday, August 26, the Houston SPCA is hosting its Clear the Shelters adoption event, happening at the Campus for All Animals from 11 am-6 pm.

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A lifetime of love.

Felines and canines of all sizes will be available at Houston SPCA, plus other animals you might be interested in such as birds and rabbits.

The day-long event offers extra incentives for adopters — in case those adorable faces aren't enough. The Big Dog Days of Summer event is still happening, where all large dogs, at least 35 pounds, are only $10 to adopt.

Their adoption package includes spay or neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccinations, a microchip, free sample bag of Hill’s Science Diet, and free post-exam from any VCA Animal hospital

In addition to adoptable pets and time in the large dog play yards, the campus will host free activities and giveaways throughout the day.

Expect expert chats and live demonstrations about horses in the Equine Rescue Arena and wildlife talks inside the Carruth Education Center every hour between noon and 3 pm.

Bring the kids for some fun, free goodies beginning at noon, until supplies last, including custom-made balloon art animals, face painting, and snow cones.

For the adults, Eureka Heights Brewery will be handing out samples of its brews.

During the Clear the Shelters adoption event, every canine and feline adopter will receive a free Hill’s Pet Nutrition gift bag (while supplies last, one per family/person).

You can browse the available pets before you go by checking online at houstonspca.org.

If you aren't able to make it to the Clear the Shelters event, don't sweat it. You can stop by the Houston SPCA, located near Memorial Park at 7007 Old Katy Rd., to adopt any time Monday-Sunday, 11 am-6 pm.

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Friends For Life 2023 Gala: It's a Kind of Magic

The Friends For Life 2023 Gala: It's a Kind of Magic will feature some of the animals that they have helped save so that guests will be able to see their transformations.

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Beyoncé brings dazzling Renaissance Tour to big screens with new concert film

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“The goal for this tour was to create a place where everyone is free ...and no one is judged.”

So declares Queen Bey in a just-released trailer for RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ, a new documentary and concert film coming to major movie theaters on Friday, December 1 across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The new film chronicles Houston-born Beyoncé's journey from concept to performance as she treks across the globe in her worldwide, 56-performance, 39-city Renaissance tour.

Houstonians are still buzzing from the two-day H-Town homecoming (read our review here) that near-capacity crowds pack NRG Stadium for the often breathtaking, three-hour shows that featured a cameo by fellow Houston-born superstar Megan Thee Stallion.

Tickets for the concert film — a joint production between Parkwood Entertainment and AMC Entertainment — are on sale now at amctheatres.com and Fandango.com. Fans can also find tickets at Cinemark, Regal, Cinepolis and Cineplex, all of which will screen the movie. Tickets will also be available at numerous movie theatre circuits in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico later this week, according to an announcement. Admission for all standard showtimes will start at $22, plus tax.

RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ is a must for any Beyhive member — as well as those who want to reminisce attending the epic shows, or those who missed her tour stops. The big-screen treatment is fitting: short of seeing the shows live, there is no better way to take in the Renaissance tour's dazzling effects, lasers, and pyrotechnics, mind-bending visuals on huge screens, unforgettable costumes (A.I.!), Megan's surprise, and of course, Queen Bey riding through the air atop a glittering Reneigh, her trusty, mirrorball, shimmering steed.

Fans can look forward to multiple showtimes daily on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, for a minimum of four weeks, according to press materials.RENAISSANCE will also be available in IMAX (the ideal viewing) at AMC and Dolby Cinema at AMC, and other branded premium large format screens.

Kicking off atthe opening show in Stockholm, Sweden and documenting each stop to the grand finale in Kansas City, Missouri, the film captures rarely seen, behind-the-scenes moments of a Beyoncé tirelessly working and preparing and sharing tender moments with her children and family.

Meant to further articulate her “everyone is free/no one is judged” mantra, scenes will depict the more than 2.7 million fans from around the world who dressed in silver and shiny outfits, took part in her Joy Parade, and nailed the Mute Challenge at each show.

Call us biased, but we can't wait for the up-close Megan scenes and backstage action before and after she shocked NRG Stadium — and all of Beyoncé's Houston moments as the queen returned to the kingdom where it all started.


Find RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ tickets at at amctheatres.com and Fandango.com.

J.J. Watt, wife Kealia, and his family and friends ring it in at Ben Berg's swanky supper club

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Houston celebrated J.J. Watt’s triumphant homecoming this past weekend, as No. 99 was fittingly inducted into the Houston Texans Ring of Honor during the team’s 30-6 win Sunday, October 1 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Watt donned the Texans red jacket during halftime, officially joining the late Houston Texans founder/owner/CEO Robert “Bob” McNair and NFL Hall of Fame nominee (and Watt’s former teammate) Andre Johnson.

“It feels like you’re at a family reunion and it feels like I’m back with all my family in a place that feels like home and I’m just loving it,” Watt told the packed NRG Stadium. “The fans have been great, the McNairs have been great, the whole organization has been really, really great and I'm just thankful to have my whole family here. My wife and my son are here, my parents are here, my brothers are here. It’s my mom’s birthday so it all kind of culminates into a great day today.”

Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair placed the jacket on Watt’s mountainous shoulders as Johnson, Watt’s family, and nearly 90 former Texans players cheered him on for his induction. Adding to the memorable day, Watt’s brother T.J., currently on track to be 2023’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year at very least, served as the Steelers opposite our Justin James as coin toss team captain.

The Watts and crew ring it in

While Houston showed up and out for Watt, where did No. 99 celebrate? He and his family and friends opted for Ben Berg’s famed, swanky speakeasy supper club, Turner’s.

The Berg connection comes from Watt’s retirement announcement dinner last year, where he and some close friends and teammates celebrated at B&B Butchers. “So the Texans reached out to us and asked if we could do a dinner at Turner’s for J.J. and his family,” Berg explains to CultureMap.

Watt posted photos on Instagram with his lovely wife Kealia sitting in his lap, he and his brothers Derek and T.J., mom Connie and dad John, and their close friends at Turner’s, which Berg closed for the private celebration.

“It’s a big honor,” Berg notes. “You know, when you create these spaces, the goal is to be a memorable part of people’s lives. And so the fact that we were chosen for him to celebrate with his family, loved ones, and his closest friends — for such a huge accomplishment and huge honor — was a big responsibility.”

What’s J.J. eating?

For the big bash, Berg and company crafted a special — and beefy — steak-stacked menu, with special treats for Connie, who was celebrating her birthday — and her son’s big day. While Berg and the staff didn’t create specific themed items — like, say, the Onion Rings of Honor that Trill Burgers fried up for the weekend — “we made sure we brought over some of his favorite dishes from B&B,” says Berg.

Those dishes included the A5 Japanese Wagyu Katsu Sando, the always popular Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell, Chef Tommy’s Bacon slabs (served with blue cheese and truffle-infused honey), and more of No. 99’s favorites. Other items included buttermilk fried quail, Maine lobster gnocchi, and a feast of sides like mac and cheese casserole. Sweet finishes included a signature triple chocolate layer cake, a walnut caramel tart, and the Berry Butter Cake from B&B.

Though we’d have imagined tearing up a Porterhouse or massive ribeye, Berg reports that Watt ordered the Wagyu Filet Rossini (decadently dressed up with foie gras and spinach truffle jus) and the IYKYK classic Turner’s Wedge salad.

Speaking of orders, partiers ordered up some song requests from Turner’s resident vocalist and pianist Thomas Cokinos, who’s always on fire at the supper club, but really turned up for Watt. No. 99, an ol’ softie, requested Beatles classic “Here Comes the Sun” for Kealia (also writing “I love you” on the ticket — well played, J.J.), while others opted for tracks by country stars Zack Brown and Morgan Wallen.

Derek Watt requested Lil’ John’s “Get Low” with a shout out to his two brothers, leaving us disappointed that nobody asked for “99 Problems” in honor of J.J. (Next time, gents).

Ryan Reynolds + J.J. = goals

J.J. Watt Turner's Houston songs family friendsHey J.J., something you wanna share with the rest of us? Photo by Thomas Cokinos

Our favorite shout out? One “Ryan Reynolds” requested the bro singalong classic “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers. Watt fans will recall that he buddied up with the handsome Canadian actor and soccer fan and backer when he and Kealia announced their investment in UK football side Burnley FC. (Kealia also seems to be a big fan of Reynolds, as we reported in May).

Berg made sure to let Watt and Co. enjoy themselves until late, but also made sure to stop by and greet his VIP guests. “I wanted to say hello and thank you; it was really an intimate affair for him, his family, his brothers, and really close friends,” says Berg.

“J.J. is just a super nice guy and just super down to earth,” Berg adds. “And, you know, he’s really big.”

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Hometown hero J.J. Watt and his wife Kealia pose at the Turner's party.

Familiar farmers market face goes wild with new dinner series at mystery Montrose venue

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Houstonians will once again be able to enjoy Jane Wild’s food in air conditioned comfort. Best known for her time at Tomball’s Jane and John Dough bakery and The Dunlavy on Allen Parkway, the chef is launching a new dinner series to showcase her perspective on farm to table fare.

Titled Jane’s Dine Inn, the bi-monthly dinner series will supplement the sweet and savory baked goods Wild sells at farmers markets across the Houston. The intimate, five-course meals will be served to only 22 diners per night. Unlike outdoor markets, serving diners in a more traditional, restaurant-style setting allows Wild to serve a wider variety of dishes that meant to be eaten hot.

“Jane’s Dine Inn is a space for me to share another side of my story with food,” Wild said in a statement. “Where art has a narrative that celebrates the seasons. A place where I can honor localism in all its forms. To nurture the regeneration of connections, with each other and the land around us.”

It begins this Saturday, October 7 with a meal titled “Texas Autumn.” Wild’s menu includes pumpkin and tomato soup, apples and celery salad, roasted pork with peaches, and a persimmon shortcake.

Meals will take place at a local venue in Montrose that will only be revealed to ticket holders. They begin with pre-dinner snacks. From there, diners take their seats at communal tables ($190 per person or a complete group of six for $1,000) or at a kitchen table with a better view of the action ($225 per person). Each meal will mix both individually plated and family-style dishes. Add wine or non-alcoholic pairings for $60 per person.

Wild plans to hold similar dinners on October 21, November 4 and 18, and December 2 and 16. A monthly brunch pop-up will be announced in the future.