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About Us

Combining a love for animals with a desire to do something about the stray pets in Wharton County, a group of concerned citizens, led by County Judge John Murrile, met in March 2008 to form an organization called Wharton County Stray Pet Outreach Team (SPOT). SPOT was incorporated in June 2008 and received its non-profit status in February 2009.

SPOT is a support system for people who choose to rescue homeless dogs and cats in Wharton County. SPOT has rescued, cared for and placed more than 4,700 animals since our beginning.

Initially focused on rescuing abandoned dogs and cats, SPOT established a Spay-Neuter Program in 2013. This Program is designed to help residents get their pets fixed and prevent unwanted litters which lead to the abundance of strays in our county. In 2014, a Barn Buddies Program (also known as a Trap-Neuter-Return or TNR Program) was added to address the problem of community or feral cats. In addition, SPOT has made numerous presentations to civic and church groups, schools and youth organizations to educate county residents on responsible pet ownership.

Now celebrating our 14th year, SPOT is promoting adoptions of dogs and cats in nearby animal shelters, while rescuing, rehabilitating, and relocating found or surrendered dogs and cats to our no-kill partners in other states.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of community volunteers. If you would be interested in becoming a SPOT volunteer, please call or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!

President/Treasurer – Christine Stransky
First Vice President – Becky Burrell
Secretary – Kathleen Toomes
Fundraising – Melanie Cochrum
Public Relations – Christine Stransky
At Large – 

Wharton County SPOT

PO Box 584
Wharton, TX 77488


Our Mission

The mission of SPOT is to "Educate the public on the plight of abandoned pets, and to provide humane care, treatment and suitable homes for animals without owners."