Grant of 300 vaccines helps save more pet lives in Aiken, SC

The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare received 300 DAPPv vaccines as an investment from the newly named, Petco Love, to support their lifesaving work for animals in Aiken, SC. These vaccines, which protect dogs from canine distemper virus, adenovirus, canine parainfluenza, and canine parvovirus, were distributed as surprise gifts to pet owners through the SPCA Albrecht Center’s Veterinary Care Center.

This investment was a part of Petco Love’s new vaccine initiative as they work to provide 1 million free pet vaccines across the country through their animal welfare partners, including the SPCA Albrecht Center. Three hundred canine companions in Aiken, SC were lucky recipients of this lifesaving investment, safeguarding them from life-threatening diseases that are preventable by these vaccines.

Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered organizations with $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And, they’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations, like ours, nationwide.

Photo of Lyla, a recent visitor of the SPCA’s Veterinary Care Center, and SPCA Veterinary Technician Tracy Tate
(Lyla’s humans: Shannon & Jeffery Anderson)

Petco Love announces an investment to the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare and hundreds of other organizations as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only one component. In April, we also launched the first of our national tools to empower all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”

“This lifesaving investment from Petco Love is one of many reasons we love partnering with this amazing foundation. They provide so many resources to animals in need, and these vaccines helped prevent the top diseases in 300 pets in our community,” said Claire Roberson, SPCA Albrecht Center Communications Director, “We hope getting the word out about this investment will also motivate other pet owners in our community to seek routine vaccines for their pets so no animal suffers from preventable disease.”

An additional thank you would like to be extended to the staff at the SPCA Albrecht Center’s Veterinary Care Center for their daily, lifesaving work providing accessible veterinary care to shelter animals and owned pets, and for making sure these vaccines were put to the best use in ensuring a healthy future for the 300 lucky canines.

The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is a nonprofit organization operating under IRS 501(c)(3) status in Aiken, SC. Since 1935, the SPCA has been fighting for the welfare of pets in need, including their over 1,100 shelter animals they take in every year. Thanks to the efforts of their supporters, staff, volunteers, and board members, the SPCA Albrecht Center continues to find loving homes for over 95% of the animals they take in each year and provides lifesaving care to owned pets through their affordable, full-service Veterinary Care Center.

For more information about the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare visit To learn more about Petco Love, visit

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.