Be Prepared, Not Scared

September is ‘National Disaster Preparedness Month,’ (#bepreparednotscared) and the SPCA Albrecht Center is getting ready for the upcoming hurricane season, which has devastated the Atlantic coast over the last few years. Luckily, the CSRA is inland and has not been severely affected by these storms, other than heavy rain and winds. However, our friends to the south and east have not been so lucky. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew, the first Category 5 hurricane since 2007, caused catastrophic destruction to Haiti and along the southeastern coast. Just a short year later, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey rocked the Atlantic, and in 2018 Hurricane Florence and Michael hit the Carolinas and Fl

The No Kill Philosophy

Not long ago, animal shelters were simply thought of as ‘kill houses’ for a community’s homeless and abandoned animals. In 1984, over 17 million animals were being euthanized in shelters across the country. Fast forward to 2018, when this statistic had drastically decreased to approximately 1.5 million animals. In just 33 years, animal shelters went from kill operations to lifesaving organizations thanks to the ‘no kill’ movement. If you have supported, volunteered for or adopted from the SPCA Albrecht Center, you may have done so because you support us as a ‘no kill’ shelter. We subscribe to the ‘no kill’ philosophy and are a resource partner for Charleston Animal Society’s “No Kill Sou

The Link Between Animal Abuse and Violence Against Humans

In light of the recent mass shootings and widespread violence in our country, it’s worth reflecting on the link between animal abuse and violence against humans and the importance of reporting any suspected neglect or abuse to law enforcement. “Over the past 30 years, researchers and professionals in a variety of human services and animal welfare disciplines have established significant correlations between animal abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse and other forms of violence. Mistreating animals is no longer seen as an isolated incident that can be ignored: it is often an indicator or predictor crime and a “red flag” warning sign that other family members in the

Larger Than Life – The Risk of Overweight Pets

When my husband, Logan, and I adopted our sweet pup, Ozzy, from the SPCA Albrecht Center two years ago, we knew we were going to have to dedicate a lot of time and money into getting him healthy again. Ozzy was heartworm positive, had developing arthritis and skin issues from allergies and was underweight. The heartworms and skin issues were both going to take time and patience to correct (he is happily heartworm negative and slightly less itchy now), and we had to accept that the arthritis and leftover damage from the heartworms would never be fixed, just managed. So, for our first step, we set our sights on getting Ozzy to a healthy weight. As a speculated Black Lab/Rottweiler mix, Ozzy

The Overlooked Cats

Toward the end of June, the SPCA Albrecht Center found itself in a "Cat Crisis" with well over 200 cats and kittens in the shelter, no available space, and feline adoptions slowed almost to a halt. Fortunately, our supportive community came through after hearing our pleas, resulting in 151 cats and kittens being adopted since then, including my own adorable foster kittens, Pumbaa & Timon, now Scout & Boo. Black cats are often overlooked in favor of more colorful cats, so seeing them adopted so quickly, and together, into a truly perfect home is a happy 'tail' indeed. Speaking of overlooked, there is a selection of cats in every animal shelter, deemed "less adoptable," "special" or "broken" w

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