By: Claire Roberson, Communications Director

There’s no better time than the New Year to start pursuing a life you’ve wanted to live. Whether that’s getting healthier, learning a new hobby, pursuing a new career path or simply living a more purposeful, present life. The New Year can be a breath of fresh air, and, at the SPCA Albrecht Center, we take every breath of that fresh air as we prepare for another year of building a brighter future for animals in need – our forever New Year’s Resolution.

However, it’s not just our work that saves shelter animals’ lives, but the combined efforts with our incredible, animal-loving community that saves over 95% of the animals we take in every year. As we enter 2022, we ask that you join us by making your New Year’s Resolution to help us save lives! Here are some ways you can provide lifesaving support:

Want to start volunteer work this year? Volunteer with the SPCA Albrecht Center and walk some pups or play with kitties in need of enrichment and love! With volunteer opportunities ranging from dog walking and cat enrichment to working in our SPCA Thrift Store (Mitchell Plaza) and greeting patrons in our Veterinary Care Center, there are many opportunities to get involved and work with the community’s homeless animals. Whether you volunteer an hour a month or an hour every day, every minute makes the world of difference to the animals in our care.

In the New Year, we are especially seeking support to fill essential needs: Thrift Store Stock Room Assistance, Laundry Assistance, In-Kennel Enrichment, Pawparrazzi (animal photos/videos), Vet Care Center Greeting & Phone Operating. These volunteer opportunities help tremendously to relieve our limited staff so they may provide as much direct care as possible to our shelter animals.

Want to save money this year? Visit us at the SPCA’s Mitchell Plaza Thrift Store, ‘Where Shopping Saves Lives,’ located at 1589 Whiskey Road to shop boutique, thrift store items! The store carries everything from clothing and jewelry to furniture and pet supplies. And, with Second Saturday Sidewalk Sales every month, there’s always amazing deals to be discovered! Or, bring your companions to our full-service, affordable Veterinary Care Center. Pet care can be expensive, but the SPCA Albrecht Center offers veterinary care to public animals with spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, exams and more!

Ready to grow your family in the New Year? Grow it by adopting a shelter animal in need from the SPCA Albrecht Center. With over 1,200 animals taken in annually, there is always a special companion waiting for their forever home. Every animal adopted from the SPCA Albrecht Center is microchipped, spayed or neutered and up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations.

Currently, numerous animals have been sponsored with $0 adoption fees, adult cats are available for just $25 (normally $75) and kittens are just $75 (normally $125)!

Want to contribute to make our dogs’ New Year’s Resolution come true? Donate to the SPCA Albrecht Center’s Paws ‘n Play Project to completely renovate our outdoor play yard for our shelter dogs. We are working hard to create a safe, enriching space where our dogs can simply feel like dogs and build confidence for a more successful start in their forever homes! We are 75% of the way to our goal thanks to your generous support – help us reach our goal & make our shelter dogs’ dreams come true!

There are many ways you can help animals and your local shelter in the New Year. No matter the capacity in which you are able to assist, every bit makes the world a better place for the most vulnerable animals. We hope you will join us in the New Year as we continue our mission of saving lives – we truly could not achieve our mission if it wasn’t for all of our incredible supporters. Thank you for making 2021 an amazing year for the animals and we hope you will join us as we welcome a new year for animal welfare!

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Claire Roberson has been with the SPCA Albrecht Center as the Communications Director for over five years, working in marketing, grant writing & media correspondence. She attended College of Charleston, where she graduated with a degree in Nonprofit Business & interned with Charleston Animal Society, the leader in the No-Kill South Carolina initiative. She is proud to be working for her hometown’s only nonprofit, no kill animal shelter. Outside of work, Claire enjoys the arts, snuggling with her cat Anakin and pursuing ways to make the world a better place.

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.