Spring is here! And it doesn't come alone. Spring brings along it's dreaded, saffron-colored sidekick: pollen. It's everywhere. On everything. Covering our cars and patios and sometimes even our pets with a powdery, yellow film that can only be eliminated with a good spring shower and a good spring cleaning.
While you're busy with your spring cleaning, keep the SPCA Albrecht Center in mind if you come across any household items you no longer want or need. Our Thrift Shops accept all kinds of donations and can resell your items to make money for our organization.
Thinking of having a yard sale to really help clean up and clean out? We'll be glad to take the unsold items off of your hands. Bring them to any of our Thrift Shops or call us for a free pick up.
And if you have an old car sitting around, collecting pollen, consider donating it to us. We'll have it towed for free, and provide you with a tax-deductible donation receipt. Just call 1-844-570-GIVE(4483) or visit LetLoveLive-CarDonations.org. The vehicle doesn't have to be running and we'll take cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats and more!
After you've finished your cleaning, take some time to enjoy the warmer weather. If you have a dog, maybe take him for a walk. Even better, take him for a walk with us on April 17th for our Walk for Animals!
Registration for the walk is just $25 and includes an event t-shirt and admission to the after-walk patio party with live music, burgers on the grill and a cash bar. Relax with a drink and take your dog to have some fun and maybe a swim in the dog park.
Proceeds from this event, as with all of our events, help us continue our mission of providing shelter and care for adoptable pets and providing affordable veterinary care to the public. Go to LetLoveLive.org or call 803-648-6863 to register.
Speaking of affordable veterinary care, spring can also bring hazards for your pets. Cleaning products, pesticides and plants can be toxic and sometimes fatal to your furry friends. Pets can also suffer from allergies, and fleas & ticks will begin to be more prevalent. Our full-service veterinary clinic can help with all of these issues and more. Call or come by so our vets can get to know your pet and help them have a safer, healthier season.
One more thing that spring brings: kitten season. Cute and sweet as they might be, the real situation isn't all that sweet. Kitten season is the period of the year when kitten births peak as a result of unaltered female cats. An estimated 20 million kittens will be born this spring alone, and there are never enough homes for them all.
There are a few things you can do to help. If you have a female cat, please make sure she is spayed. Cats can get pregnant as early as 4-6 months, so don't wait. Our clinic makes it affordable and easy, just give us a call: 803-648-6863, ext. 1.
Know of a stray cat or colony? Help prevent more stray cats by participating in the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. TNR is endorsed by both the American Humane Society and the ASPCA and has been described as "the most humane, effective and financially sustainable strategy for controlling free-roaming cat populations." Learn more at LetLoveLive.org/TNR
Help us care for the many kittens that will soon be coming through our doors by donating supplies. You can find a wish list on our website, or keep an eye out for our Kitten Shower event coming up in May.
And lastly, spring brings a chance for fresh starts and new beginnings. Consider giving a homeless pet a new beginning by opening your heart and your home to one waiting in an animal shelter. The love they return to you will warm your heart, much like a spring day, minus the pollen.
Sarah Neikam is the Marketing Director for the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. She is an Aiken native and has been with the SPCA since 2012. Sarah lives in Graniteville with her husband, Tom, mother, Cheryl and three adopted cats: Bastian, Luna and Grady.