Dogs, cats and bees! Bees? Yes, busy bees at the SPCA.
April showers rained cats and dogs into the CSRA and now the adoption floor is blooming with a wide variety of cats, dogs, and even a couple of darling Guinea pigs.
Our adoption rooms are at maximum capacity and so are our staff members who are busy cleaning, training, sterilizing, vaccinating and thinking up ways to pay for it all, while engaging folks for continued support.
May’s Play to Spay was a great start to our spring fundraising this past Friday, bringing in a little over $1,000 in supplemental spay and neuter funding. A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to the cast and crew at Paladin Productions for lending their time and talent to us once more. The play was enjoyed by all, and we look forward to many repeat performances.
On Saturday, the SPCA took part as sponsors of FOTAS’s annual celebration of mutts and music, Woofstock. Kate Koelker, the clinic manager at the SPCA, brought her team of techs plus one fabulous receptionist out to the event to highlight our affordable spay and neuter options.
Kids enjoyed pretending to be veterinarians, while adults gathered information about preventive veterinary care. As for the SPCA, we enjoyed the Doxie races and fellowshipping with fellow animal advocates.
On the other side of Aiken, Heather Dry, our volunteer coordinator, introduced those same affordable preventive options to those who attended USC Aiken’s Healthy Lifestyle Expo. She presented some of our adorable adoptables and brought along equally adorable volunteers to corral precocious pups.
And the fun doesn’t stop there! Today is El Cinco de Meow-O, where you pay an adoption fee of just cinco dolares ($5!) for any adult cat.
Tomorrow night, you can join us for Yappy Hour at the SPCA from 6 to 9 p.m. Gavin Reilly will be playing acoustic guitar and the dog park will be open for all well-mannered pups. Admission is free. There will be a cash bar and the SPCA board of directors will be serving up sizzling tacos and Barkaritas as El Cinco de Mayo continues on El Seis.
Rounding out the week, we will host our first dog wash of the season here at the SPCA from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Nail trims, ear cleaning, and general scrub-a-dubbing available with prices ranging from $7 to $35. The jrSPCA will be here selling homemade baked goods for people and for pets!
In between all of that, we are entertaining our miniature animal lovers this week as two more elementary school field trips make their way to the SPCA to learn about responsible pet ownership, dog training, and safety around our four legged friends.
On May 23, we will march to the beat of a different drum as we join the Aiken Jaycees in celebrating our veterans during the Memorial Day Parade. We invite you to join in the fun with your own adopted pet. If you’d like to be part of the pets on parade, email Heather Dry at volunteer@LetLoveLive.org.
That just about rounds out May, but there will be plenty more opportunities for food, fun, and FUR during the summer months. Yappy Hour continues every first Wednesday of the month, while dog washes run every second Saturday through September.
While you’ve got your calendar app open, you may as well add Barkaritaville and the Twilight Walk for Animals to it. Oct. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m., Barclay Bishop and Jay Jefferies from WAGT NBC26 along with Aiken’s favorite classic rock band, Lo Down Brown, will entertain us as we eat, drink, and be furry. Remember folks: It’s all fun and games until somebody ends up in a cone.
If you’d like more information on any of these fun events that benefit the animals we serve, call us, email me at development@LetLoveLive.org, check out our calendar page at LetLoveLive.org, or just swing by. We are at 199 Willow Run Road in Aiken. We’d love to see you and love for you to see these amazing animals!
Chrissey Miller, CAWA
SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare