Have A Heart for Heartworm Positive Dogs

Photo Source: BudgetVetCare.org Heartworms. That one word is enough to change a potential adopter’s mind from a “yes” to a “no” in the span of two syllables. And, we get it! This disease is uncharted territory for many pet owners and adopters, and the word itself sounds scary and expensive to treat. I, too, fell into this mindset when my husband and I were looking to adopt a black lab/rottweiler mix, who had been transferred to the SPCA Albrecht Center during Hurricane Matthew. Long story short, Ozzy was heartworm positive, had an enlarged heart from heartworms and arthritis, all at an unknown age. Nevertheless, we fell in love. It took about a week of me constantly bugging our Veterin

Guide to Toxic Spring Plants

Birds are chirping, butterflies are fluttering, flowers are blooming – Springtime is here! This time of year is known for its symbolism of rebirth and new life, but this season can also become a time of loss if you are not aware of the toxic plants growing in your backyard. Especially if you’re using this time to plant your dream garden or spruce up your outdoor space, as a pet owner it’s important to know which plants could potentially harm your companion. Here’s your quick guide to toxic spring plants: Amaryllis This flowering plant is commonly pink, red or white and has burgundy markings. It is known by many other names, such as Belladonna lily, Saint Joseph lily, Cape Belladonna and

What Dog Owners Need to Know About Parvovirus

In the animal welfare world, there is nothing scarier than finding out a puppy has parvovirus. Why? Parvovirus is highly contagious and many times fatal for these young pups. Unfortunately, during this time of year when there is an influx of puppies being born, the number of parvo cases rise – something we have already noticed in the SPCA’s Veterinary Care Center. Luckily, if your pet is fully vaccinated with the DHPP vaccine (meaning the initial vaccine and all boosters), the chance of your companion getting parvo is rare and, if they do, recovery is more likely. As we’re taking extra precautions to keep ourselves healthy and safe during this pandemic, let’s also take one small (yet cruc

The Spirit of Youth in Animal Welfare

During this time of COVID-19 precautions, students all over the country are experiencing changes to their education and extracurricular activities. Aiken’s youth are a very important part of our community, and I want to express how much they mean to us here at the SPCA Albrecht Center. Recently we highlighted a wonderful volunteer, Elizabeth Colon-LaBorde, who began volunteering with us when she was 15 years old. Now a senior in high school, she comes to the shelter several times a week and brings her lively spirit and athleticism to walking the dogs. The SPCA Albrecht Center staff know when she takes a canine on a stroll, both young lady and dog come back with a smile on their faces. Visit


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