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

Kids vs. Dogs

The Humane Society of the United States reports that 51% of all dog bites occur to children. We see this often at the SPCA Albrecht Center, whether it’s a new adoptee that didn’t get along with a family’s children or a long-time family dog that turned on a child. Many times, the bite occurred because the parent was not supervising play or did not understand their dog’s body language when interacting with their kid. And, unfortunately, the result is often times euthanasia of the pup. If you are welcoming a new baby to your home with a pet or are interested in adopting a dog into your family with children, it’s crucial to understand the best way to gradually acclimate your family to the ch

The Mission: Saving Animals’ Lives

Since 1935, the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare has been caring for and placing into homes thousands of homeless and neglected companion animals every year. The organization has grown over the course of 80 years, but the mission has been the same: to improve the lives of companion animals by rehoming abused, abandoned, and neglected pets while fighting for their well-being through vigorous legislative effort, humane education, and by offering affordable veterinary care for all. The SPCA Albrecht Center is more than just an animal shelter; it’s a resource center for both the CSRA’s pet owners and the community’s homeless animals. The SPCA Albrecht Center began as the ‘Aiken SPCA,’ a

Compassion Fatigue

Every year, I like to reflect on this article I wrote in 2018 and share it with our supporters as an important reminder. Especially in these chaotic times, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. The news is inundated with negativity, and, yes, we should acknowledge and take an active part in what’s going in the world as fellow humans navigating all of this craziness. However, it’s equally as important to take a break and the time you need to recover from it all. It’s especially difficult to navigate these times when you work, volunteer or play an active role in a field that is emotionally tolling. This article is written for you – the one that has dedicated thei


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