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Chelsea McAnally '05 November 15, 2023 10:24 AM updated: November 15, 2023 10:38 AM

Chelsea Paige McAnally, DVM 

July 6, 1982 - November 5, 2023 

Chelsea McAnally was born in Dallas, Texas on July 6, 1982, and passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 5, 2023, due to complications from her courageous and hard fought 4 year battle with a rare form of brain cancer. She was 41 years old. She grew up in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas and graduated from Lake Highlands High School class of 2000 where she excelled in academics and played on the varsity softball team.

She attended Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 2005 and then graduated from Ross School of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2009. “Dr. Mac” as she was referred to from her many clients and medical associates, was a popular and successful veterinarian in the Dallas area for 14 years treating and saving thousands of cats and dogs as well as exotic animals and birds and other unusual species brought to her locally and from other areas across Texas. She received volumes of client letters over the years thanking her and her team for the extraordinary work on their animals.

Dr. McAnally lived with her 5 cats who she considered her children all of which were brought to her by rescue agencies seeking care and treatment from accidents, fires, fights, abandonment, and other causes that required a high level of medical attention. She provided these services eagerly and in most cases for little or no charge along with the support of the animal clinics she worked for. She volunteered countless hours to animal rescue groups not only treating animals no one wanted but also trained other veterinarians, technicians, and rescue group professionals on the latest methods of modern veterinary medicine.

Chelsea had many hobbies including softball, knitting, sewing, and was a licensed deep dive scuba diver traveling all over the world on exotic scuba diving trips with her many scuba diving family divers. She dove in faraway oceans over one hundred feet deep and even swam with sharks looking for the adventure of it all. But her favorite hobby was shopping and she excelled in it greatly from touring the aisles of major world class malls to the shelves of curiosity shops and antique stores. Many of the items she purchased were gifts for her friends and family over the years as she was extravagantly generous. “Giving gifts is my love language” she said and she proved it time and time again.

Chelsea McAnally is survived by her parents Louis and Brenda McAnally, her brother Tyler McAnally, nieces Skye and Kennedy McAnally, aunts and uncles Mark and Connie McAnally, Mike and Sharri McAnally, Norma and Glen Hatcher, Debbie and Jerry Burrows, David and Karen Burrows, Don Burrows and many other relatives and friends. She loved the Lord and was a lifelong Christian. Her choice was to be cremated and her ashes spread over the waves of the exotic ocean she loved. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the animal rescue Dr. McAnally helped found and supported as Honorary Medical Officer of Awwdoptable Rescue, online at or mail to Awwdoptable Rescue 303 S Edgefield Ave. Dallas, TX 75208, or the charity of your choice.


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