A Round of A-Paws

At the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, our staff, volunteers, board members, supporters and donors are family and success is inevitable when we all come together. Each individual is a piece to the puzzle of our organization and everyone plays an important role in ensuring our community continues to improve in hopes of a brighter future for the animals in need. Very recently, we saw the incredible power of “togetherness” in the opening of the new SPCA Thrift Store. As many of you know, the SPCA Albrecht Center is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit and we do not receive any government funding nor funding from the ASPCA (a separate entity). Therefore, we have had to rely on the amazing support f

Doing Right by Our Pets from Puppyhood Through Their Golden Years

Sadie had an inauspicious start to life. Born to a homeless mother who was not much older than herself she was also, most definitely, a mutt. Sadie’s mom was brought to the SPCA, and she was barely a year old when she gave birth to her 8 puppies. Happily, Sadie’s shy and nervous mother was quickly adopted after the puppies were weaned. My Sadie, a Shepherd-Chow mix, quickly grew from a clumsy ball of fur into a sweet, confident and loyal friend. She loved her family and when called upon, was fiercely protective. Everyone who has raised a dog from puppyhood wonders when their puppy will outgrow the chewing, yapping and mischievous chaos. But eventually, they do. Sadie settled into life as a w

Responsibly Rehoming

“…Life [is] like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” At least, that’s what Forrest Gump’s momma taught us, and I agree. Life is beautiful, yet unpredictable and scary at times. Whether it’s discovering you’re expecting a baby, getting laid off of your job, having financial issues or making a big move for your dream job, we never know what each day will bring. With the world spinning from the unexpected news, it’s easy to get swept up in the millions of thoughts racing through our heads without considering a very important family member – our pet. It’s easy to do because we never imagined a life without our pet. You thought the only way you would be without them i

May is Chip Your Pet Month!

My cat Luna is a very happy house cat. She's quite content with her predictable meal schedule, wide variety of windows and numerous nap spots in her safe, domesticated life. Occasionally though, Luna finds herself unable to resist the opportunity that an open door and a distracted human presents, and she slips outside into the wild suburban unknown. Thankfully, she's never been able to escape too far away from home so we've not had to worry more than a few minutes. In preparation of that chance though, Luna and our other two cats have all been equipped with microchips. What is a microchip? Let's start first with what it isn't, because there is a common misconception: A microchip is not a GPS


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