The former first couple, who adopted their beloved pup Freddy through the organization in 2016, will be the honorary chairs of this year's swanky Fur Ball.

By Meghan Overdeep
July 25, 2018
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The SPCA of Texas is going presidential to celebrate its 80th anniversary this year.

The organization recently announced that former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will be the honorary chairs of their annual Fur Ball, set to take place on Sept. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

"Fur Ball is DFW's salute to the bond between people and their pets and a celebration of the SPCA of Texas' important mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home," the organization explained in a release.

The SPCA of Texas is the largest animal welfare group in North Texas. Dallas Morning News reports that in the first six months of this year alone, the agency found homes for 3,763 pets and cared for 1,740 animals rescued from abuse and neglect. They also performed a whopping 12,280 spay and neuter surgeries.

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The Bushes are no stranger to the work the SPCA does. The former first couple adopted their beloved puppy Freddy from the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in November of 2016.

"If you could use a little extra joy in your life, consider adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group," the 43rd president wrote alongside a Facebook photo announcing the new addition to their family.

This year's swanky black-tie dinner will feature music by Party Machine Band as well as live and silent auctions. All money raised through Fur Ball 2018 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas to "help rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals and help keep pets in homes, out of shelters and off the streets."

Visit to buy tickets starting at $300.