Join the Fight Against Pet Overpopulation

“Overcrowded Shelter in Desperate Need of Adoptions” - We read this headline week after week, but never really think about how we can do our part to help the shelters prevent overcrowding. This is not a shelter issue or solely a shelter’s responsibility to resolve; it is a community issue. An issue that we all need to work together to improve and there is only one tried and true solution – spaying and neutering. According to statistics, 90% of dogs and 98% of cats entering shelters are unaltered. Further, 80% of the kittens born each year in the U.S. are born from unaltered community cats ( These staggering statistics show a true picture of the issue facing our sh

Three Days, Three Weeks, Three Months

Think back to your first day of school or perhaps your first day at a new job. You were in a new environment, around new people, and you didn’t know the ropes just yet. You probably felt a little excited, a little disoriented, and it took some time before everything became routine and comfortable. Experiences like this can help us better understand how a newly adopted dog feels. If your new pet is not settled within the first couple of days, don’t fear! It is normal for a new pet to go through an adjustment period that can take several months. I’d like to tell you about my SPCA Albrecht Center adoptee, Django, and how he had adjusted after three days, three weeks, and three months. THREE DAY

Forever Home for the Holidays

As much as we may not want to admit it, the holiday season is upon us (if Hobby Lobby’s Christmas section hasn’t made that clear enough). In just about 40 days, the Thanksgiving cooking, Black Friday shopping and Christmas gift buying craziness will take over our lives as we prepare for the ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ But before our schedules become packed with family dinners, holiday travels and gift-wrapping marathons, I wanted to take this time to share with you a few ways you can make a shelter animal’s season ‘merry & bright.’ The Gift of Time Our volunteers make every day feel like Christmas by giving the most valuable gift of all – their time. From walking shelter dogs and sp

How Much is That Doggie in the Shelter?

In 1952, Patti Page asked "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" in song that referenced purchasing a cute dog, "the one with the waggly tail" from a pet store. I'm sure you've heard the song; it was quite popular and catchy. What you may not know though, is that in 2009 Patti Page changed her tune, literally. Together with songwriter Chris Gantry and The HSUS, "Do You See That Doggie in the Shelter" was released, as “an anthem for homeless pets and animal shelters.” "The original song asks the question: 'How much is that doggie in the window?' Today, the answer is 'too much.' And I don't just mean the price tag on the puppies in pet stores. The real cost is in the suffering of the mothe


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