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November 3, 2015

Meow. Meooooow. That's usually the first sound I hear when stepping out of my car in the SPCA parking lot each morning. The caterwauling of hungry cats. 


I like to think it's their morning greeting, "Hello! Welcome back! So happy to see you again!" But they're just hun...

October 27, 2015

The very first pet in my life was a shorthaired, grey tabby cat that we named Rocky for his "Rocky Raccoon" like stripes. 

 

Neither my mom nor I remember how he came to be ours, most likely he was a neighborhood stray, who like many others through the years, decided to...

July 28, 2015

I'm writing this article from my sofa with the television on mute while my three cats nap nearby. I brought my work home because sometimes there are fewer distractions in my living room than in the office of a busy animal shelter. Sometimes. 

 

At home or at work, the le...

I’m afraid of frogs.

 

I’ve been bungee jumping. I’ve been swimming with sharks several times. I share my pillow with a 110-pound bully breed. I once put a boa constrictor in a cat carrier and drove it to Edisto Island in the passenger seat of my car. I don’t even mind p...

Guess what, people!?! We’ve got another super spay and neuter special in June at the SPCA. But I’m guessing a lot of you out there might be wary of this one based on things you’ve heard about neutering pets early. To assuage that trepidation, read ahead. I’ve gathered...

 

As you are reading, Kate Koelker, the SPCA clinic manager, and I are at a conference at Humane Alliance in Asheville, North Carolina, where they are neutering tens of thousands of pets every year despite billboards emphatically asking pet owners not to do so.

 

As a hap...

April 21, 2015

 

Cat • er • waul: /kadƏr wôl/

• Verb (of a cat) to make a shrill or wailing noise

• Noun a shrill or wailing noise

 

Last week I wrote about a minor cat-astrophe I created by inadvertently telling people we trap cats (we don’t). I was sincerely afraid that our inability to...

March 17, 2015

Before 1970, 20 million companion pets were euthanized annually in shelters across the United States. Today, that number is less than 6 million. A mindset shift is largely responsible. When pet owners are proactive about preventing births, far fewer animals end up in c...

February 24, 2015

The SPCA is serving up heaping helpings of spaghetti tonight with a side of responsibility and compassion! Join us tonight for SPAYghetti Dinner at the SPCA from 6 to 9 p.m. Dinner is $7 and includes spaghetti, salad, a roll and a drink. Adult beverages will be availa...

February 3, 2015

The SPCA in Aiken let the dogs out again on Feb. 1. Not the hordes of real dogs which are sheltered in the SPCA Albrecht Center, but the vinyl dogs which are part of the third annual, monthlong spay and neuter initiative and fundraising project.

 

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