Here for the Pets AND Their People

Chances are, if you are involved in animal welfare in any capacity, you chose to do so because you love animals. People? Maybe not so much. From seeing animal abuse at its worst to owner surrenders on the daily to the hundreds of abandoned animals, it’s easy to feel like it’s ‘us against the world.’ However, the distrust and cynicism towards humans is an epidemic in this field that needs to be addressed, because, believe it or not, it’s not all about the animals. I remember the day that I realized that animal welfare is not just about pets – it’s about pets and their people. We were receiving phone call after phone call from pet owners needing to surrender their pets. Since I work in t

Keep Saving Starfish, One by One

It’s incredibly rare to walk through the SPCA Albrecht Center adoption floor and see more than one or two empty rooms, if any at all. But this past weekend, thanks to the incredible success of the second annual Pick Me! SC statewide adoption event, the adoption floor was nearly empty. In just two days, 36 pets found loving homes including 12 dogs, 22 cats, 1 guinea pig, and 1 hamster. We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who donated, volunteered, helped spread the word, and adopted during this event! Pick Me! SC is a statewide adoption event here in South Carolina coordinated by No Kill South Carolina and funded by Petco Foundation and Bobs from Sketchers. This year, 60 shelter

Running on E – Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper. (Dr. Charles Figley) In the midst of the SPCA Albrecht Center’s kitten season crisis, the feelings of being overwhelmed, emotional and exhausted engulfed the staff and volunteers that were working every day to care for the hundreds of animals in our care. However, these feelings are not just exclusive to those that have a career in animal welfare, deal with end-of-life situations or have been in the field for a long period of time (ww

Cat Crisis Averted, For Now

Just over a week ago, we found ourselves in a difficult and sad situation at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. Kitten season was a bit delayed this year, but when it hit, it hit hard, and before we knew it our feline capacity had stretched well beyond our limit for humane care. The adoption floor was full, the intake and holding rooms were full, the nursery was full, and the quarantine room was full. Rooms designed for "meet and greet" opportunities now held cats, and our back hallways held crates of kittens and cats. In total, there were 230 felines being cared for in a building designed to hold much less. On Friday, June 28th, key staff members held an emotional meeting to discu


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