Yappy New Year!

Another year has flown by and we are all thinking of ways we can improve ourselves in the New Year. Is your New Year’s Resolution to get fit? Come walk some dogs in need of enrichment and love. Want to have your voice heard? Help us pass important animal welfare legislation. Want to save money better? Shop at one of our SPCA Thrift Stores, ‘Where Shopping Saves Lives,’ and find boutique items at thrift store prices, all while giving back. There are numerous ways you can get involved with your local shelter in the New Year. Here are just a few of our favorite ways: Get involved in legislation. This is the best way to ensure protection for animals today and in the future. Research all

Set Your Pet Up for Success

It’s the season of giving and you may recently have given a shelter pet the gift of a loving home. Maybe you had been planning for your new pet for months or perhaps she came into your life as a surprise. Either way, your pet deserves the chance to become the best companion she can be, and she’s relying on you to guide her through your new life together. During those first few days, weeks, or even months, there’s a good chance your new dog or cat will be overwhelmed by the sudden change in her life. She’ll likely feel anxious and will not know what is expected of her. By being patient and proactive with training and also by giving her ample space and time to settle in, you are setting her up

HSUS New State Director

From a small South Dakota town, Kelsey Gilmore-Futeral spent her upbringing surrounded by dogs, riding horses and discovering her love for animals. She always had a passion for companion animals, but a high school tour of a hog slaughterhouse turned her love for animals into full-on advocacy for all living beings. After high school, Kelsey moved to the Lowcounty to ride horses competitively with the College of Charleston’s equestrian team and went on to the Charleston School of Law, where she started the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. With a law degree in hand, Kelsey went on to work as an attorney. It wasn’t until she learned of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that she

Presents for Pets

Christmas is less than three weeks away, and so far three presents lie under my tree: one for my husband, one for my mother, and one for my cats. I have an Amazon.com order currently in transit and it too includes a present for my cats. Does your Christmas shopping list include anything for your pets? I’m betting it does. According to a survey from Rover.com[i], 95% of pet owners say they have purchased a Christmas gift for their pet, with the average amount spent being $36 and 5% of respondents reporting that they have purchased a gift for their pet costing $100 or more. What are pet parents spending this money on? Well, according to that same survey, pet gifts range from the expected treat


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