By: Emilee Heise, Director of Special Events

Kitten & Puppy Season is already upon us here at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare!

We started this year by making headlines with our lifesaving efforts of the Golden Girls litter of puppies. With a mother dog too entangled in her chain to reach her newborn puppies in chilly temperatures, it was the SPCA’s swift intervention and constant care that helped puppies Betty, Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and mom, Cheerio, find their fur-ever homes.

While these puppies now have loving families, we are inundated with calls about litters of puppies and kittens needing to be surrendered to the shelter every week. The staff and volunteers at SPCA love getting to cuddle soft little newborn animals, but these animals often require high levels of care and specialized supplies to ensure that they are given the best possible chance of growing big, healthy and strong.

Some staff members and animal foster families wake every few hours through the night to feed these litters. The costs of formula, incubators, heating pads, and other vital supplies are on the rise. To financially support these services for the Aiken community it is vital that we continue to operate our Thrift Store and Veterinary Care Center and host a full calendar of fundraising events.

The animals we serve rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses in the community to help cover costs through fundraiser event sponsorships – the SPCA’s “Lend A Paw” program.  These event sponsorships allow the SPCA Albrecht Center to put the maximum amount of funding toward providing food, supplies, and medical care to the over 1,000 animals that rely on our shelter services each year.  In 2021 alone, the SPCA Albrecht Center passionately cared for 457 dogs, 744 cats, and 20 other animals thanks to the support of our community!

Our 2022 events are underway and there is still time to become a part of the solution when you join our roster of amazing event sponsors. Event sponsorships start at $100 and include a range of appreciation benefits like marketing promotions, sponsor booths, branded swag, media mentions, & more. Of course, the best part of donating to SPCA is knowing that you’re helping save lives of pets like Betty, Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and Cheerio!

Thank you to the event sponsors that have already decided to “Lend A Paw:” Concierge Real Estate, Family Pharmacy, McDonald’s, Security Federal Bank, SRP Federal Credit Union & Tito’s Vodka.

To learn more about or to sign up to be a part of the SPCA Albrecht Center’s “Lend A Paw” event sponsorship program, please reach out to SPCA’s Direct of Special Events, Emilee Heise – [email protected].  We’re happy to schedule a tour or speak to you more about our lifesaving operations & opportunities to get involved.

Yappy Hours” kick off this Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. These fun social events for dogs and humans alike include open mic, food, a cash bar, and free dog park access during the event.

Our first “Cats on the Mat” class of the year kicks off this Saturday from 11 a.m. to Noon. Kitten cuddles and yoga lead by Sarah Accord of Aiken Yoga await you at “Cats on the Mat”! We all hope to see you there!

SPCA is also thrilled to be taking part in BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event now through May 14th. Most adoptable animals have just a $25 adoption fee during this event. So, if you have been thinking about adding a member to your family now is the time!

The SPCA Albrecht Center is a nonprofit organization operating under IRS 501(C)(3), and we do not receive funding from the government nor from the ASPCA (a separate organization).

Emilee joined the SPCA team after making the move from Grand Rapids, MI to Aiken in 2019. When she is not serving as the Director of Special Events, she can be found riding at the barn or at home with her adopted cat, Waldo Emerson, and former SPCA shelter pup, Oscar Wilde. She hopes to meet more of the Aiken community at the exciting shelter events she has planned for 2022. 

The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is a private, nonprofit, no kill animal shelter in Aiken, SC. The SPCA also operates a local Thrift Store (“Where Shopping Saves Lives”), a public, affordable Veterinary Care Center & a Dog Park. It is our mission to improve the lives of companion animals by rehoming abused, abandoned, and neglected pets while fighting for their well-being through vigorous legislative efforts, humane education, and by offering affordable veterinary care for all.