With all of this excitement and talk about Barkaritaville and dogs, let's bring the cats into the spotlight this week. Right now, there are 70 cats and kittens mewing, frolicking and napping in the "Kitty Kat Kastle" adoption area of the SPCA Albrecht Center. They're all right up front to greet you when you walk through the lobby doors. And then there are the 73 cats and kittens you don't see who are in the "Kitty Kat Kare" holding area. These cats are new arrivals, waiting for veterinary checks, vaccinations, or undergoing medical treatment for various conditions before they can be placed on the adoption floor. You may remember the SPCA's "Empty the Shelter, Fill Your Heart" free adoption e

Cooking for a Cause

September comes to a close this week, believe it or not, and October is just four days away. October means falling leaves, cooler temperatures (eventually), pumpkin spice everything, Halloween decor and treats in all the stores and for the SPCA Albrecht Center, it means Barkaritaville! In case you haven't heard yet, Barkaritaville is the fall fundraising event for the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. The SPCA's large parking lot will be transformed into a block party featuring 20-30 fun, themed booths, each offering a variety of tasty food & drink samples. In addition to the booths, there will be carnival games with prizes, a costume contest, and live music by Third Time Charmers. Le

Couches & Cat Claws

My husband, Tom and I bought new living room furniture earlier this year. It was the first brand new furniture purchase for both of us. Up until then, furniture was always secondhand, so we plan to keep this new set looking new as long as possible. Thankfully, it's easy to keep clean. What's not so easy, is keeping the cats' claws out of it. Our three adopted felines: Bastian, Luna and Grady seem to like the furniture as much as we do, maybe more since it doubles as a sleeping spot and scratching post all in one. Lots of people struggle with this same problem. Furniture is expensive, and you love your cats, so what's to be done? Many people think declawing is the best solution. No claws, no

Barkin' 'Bout Barkaritaville

The 4th annual Barkaritaville event is only 39 short days away, so today I'll fill you in on who, what, when, where, and why you should be there! Who: The event is organized and hosted by the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare; a private, nonprofit, animal welfare organization located right here in Aiken since 1935. We provide shelter, medical care and adoptions to homeless pets, effective and fun training to dog owners, low-cost spay/neuter, full-service veterinary care and humane education opportunities to local school children. What: Barkaritaville is an annual fall fundraiser and street party for people and their dogs (or really brave cats). Themed booths will line our parking lot o

It Takes Teamwork to Make the Dream Work

"Great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands anxiously engaged in a good cause." Elder M. Russell Ballard I'll be honest, I was never much of a team player before beginning my career in animal welfare. I was always more comfortable and more efficient working solo. I don't like relying on others and prefer to be responsible for myself and my own work. I may have stretched the truth slightly about my ability to work well with a team during my interview for the volunteer coordinator position four years ago. Sorry about that, Chrissey! They hired me anyway though, thankfully, and I learned quickly that there really is no "I" in this team . I learned


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