If I had my way, I’d weave canine characterizations and puppy puns into every single article I write for CandysDirt.com. It would admittedly be a challenge for a real estate blog, but homes are just better with pets. (And totally stageable too.) That’s why you paws-itively should head to Watters Creek in Allen this weekend for a mega pet adoption event, “Peace, Love, and Paws” on Saturday, April 28 from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Nice sneak peak Saturday morning at the gorgeous Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center that opens in January, designed by Dallas architect Gus Hinojosa, Managing Principal, Hinojosa, Architecture & Interiors. I caught up with Gus, Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on a tour of the beautiful new facility.

Mayor Rawlings, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones

Karen Urie and Gus Hinojosa, architect

Turns out The Rees-Jones just lost a precious Golden Lab (so sorry!), but have two dogs they adopted from the SPCA! Mayor Rawlings was so impressed with the facilities he asked if he could board his Westie (actually, his son’s Westie) there during vacations!
It says so much about a city to see how well we treat our furry friends, with dignity, kindness and love. And with the opening of Jan’s namesake center, Dallas will be light years ahead of other cities in terms of animal compassion.The 40,000 square foot facility includes a spacious shelter for homeless animals that is just state of the art gorgeous, includes a community veterinary clinic and surgery suite to care for injured animals and neuter healthy ones, welcoming playrooms and outdoor green spaces where families can connect with adoptable pets, plus classrooms for teaching children about animal humanity and volunteer training. The Dealey Animal Care Center near downtown Dallas has been sold, and proceeds will be poured into the new center. The Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center is located at I-30 and Hampton, and Realtor Brian Davis was there with entourage touring, too.

“This is another wonderful reason why everyone should live in Oak Cliff and Kessler, ” Brian told me.

Proceeds from a neighborhood Lemonade stand for the SPCA