Trapping Cats to Save More Lives

Last week I read an article reporting that 11,454 cats were euthanized by a Florida animal shelter in 2010. These were feral, community or otherwise trapped cats brought into the only public shelter in Florida's most populous county, and the shelter simply had no room, and no alternatives. Being a cat owner, cat lover, and having known many felines throughout my life, all with their own distinct personalities, unique quirks, and endearing ways of showing affection, it's heartbreaking to think of 11,454 individual cats' lives being brought to an end because of a lack of space, funding, resources or support . Fortunately, that same animal shelter's live release rate (the percentage of animals

July 4th Pet Safety

Pop quiz! What's often the busiest day of the year in animal shelters? It's not "Happy Mew Year", or "Mayday for Mutts". It's not even "World Animal Day" or "World Pet's Day", which fall on the same day (Oct. 4) and happen to be the day before "National Do Something Nice Day", which could make for a great couple of days. No, the busiest day of the year in animal shelters, according to is July 5th "as companion animals that fled in fright the night before are found miles from their homes, disoriented and exhausted, and anxious families often find themselves searching the streets and shelters looking for a treasured family member whose fear drove him to jump a high fence or

Familiar Faces

It's been said that an animal shelter in the southeast runs like a faucet with the drain open. There are adoptions and return-to-owners every day, but then newcomers arrive as strays through Animal Control or as surrenders from owners who are no longer able to care for them. Open spaces are often immediately filled with new pets looking for a second chance, and sometimes they come and go before I have a chance to meet them. But then there are the familiar faces. The cats and dogs who have been in our shelter for an extended period of time. Since the SPCA Albrecht Center operates what is commonly referred to as a "no-kill" shelter, pets are never euthanized to make room for new arrivals. So,

What's in a Name?

I have to thank my mother for granting me with a name that 99% of people know how to pronounce; the 1% mostly being sweet, elderly southern ladies who address me as "Say-ruh" or as my dear friend Peggy teased, "Say-ree". Most folks get the spelling right too, minus the standard "with an H or without an H?" It is "with" for the record. Not all names are so common though. Take "Albrecht" for example, the name our organization acquired five years ago when moving from Wire Road to Willow Run Road and transitioning from the "Aiken SPCA" to the "SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare". Albrecht is pronounced "All-brekt", and it's a German name meaning "noble" or "bright", two words that accurate


Polka was picked up by City of Aiken Animal Control just a little over a month ago when an anonymous caller reported seeing her wandering along a local street. As you can see, Polka was not in great condition. She was malnourished, dehydrated, and would not have lasted much longer on her own. Despite her physical condition and initial fear, Polka wagged her tail and was excited to meet everyone in our shelter. She was especially excited when presented with food to eat. Since that time, Polka has continued to enjoy each of her meals, she's received veterinary care including vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and spay surgery, and she's warmed the hearts of our staff and volunteers. Would you

Yappy Happy Dog Days of Summer

You've likely heard the phrase "Dog Days of Summer", but do you know what it means? Despite the image the phrase conjures, it actually has nothing to do with dogs lying around in the heat. The popular phrase originated in ancient Greece, when the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, known as "dog star", in the constellation Canis Major, Latin for "the greater dog" was visible during what was then a time of heat, drought, thunderstorms, lethargy and fever and is now the hottest time of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. Ancient Romans called the dog days dies caniculārēs and celebrated the radial setting of Sirius by sacrificing a dog, incense, wine and a sheep to the goddess Robigo so that


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