Pet Fun in the Summertime
School's out, the temperature has reached well over 90 degrees, stores are stocked with bikinis, flip flops, grilling gear, yard tools and everything red, white and blue. It's summer! Right? Not quite. Summer doesn't officially begin for another couple of weeks. June 20th at 6:34 a.m. to be exact. The start of the longest, hottest days of the year.
But that doesn't mean the summer fun hasn't already begun. As hot as it is, people still love to be outside, enjoying the sunshine with friends and sometimes with their pets, too. It helps to have a cold drink and maybe a refreshing splash of water nearby.
Luckily for you, we have all those things at the SPCA Albrecht Center. Summer for us means Yappy Hour and Dog Wash season. Two really fun events and opportunities to raise awareness and funds for the animals in our care.
Yappy Hours this year are being held on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. If you missed it this month, don't worry, just mark your calendar for July 6th, August 3rd and September 7th. There is no admission fee, plenty of parking, and your dog is welcome, in fact encouraged to accompany you, however you are welcome to come alone or with a two-legged friend as well.
Yappy Hour offers live music on the patio with plenty of seating, a cash bar with a fun, featured drink each month, and burgers on the grill available for purchase. It's a welcome mid-week break from your normal routine, a great place to meet friends and an opportunity to support our organization.
Our Dog Park, which is normally only available to members, is open to everyone during Yappy Hour. There's plenty of space for your pooch to run, a splash pool so he can stay cool and covered benches for you to rest and sip your beverage from the cash bar. If you and your dog have so much fun that you want to visit the park more often, just call us at 803-648-6863 or visit our website at www.LetLoveLive.org/dogpark for membership information. Membership starts at just $40 per year.
Another fun way to stay cool in the summer heat and help support our cause is by letting us clean up your dirty dog at our monthly Dog Washes. These are held on the second Saturday of each month, on our patio, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
SPCA volunteers will work their tails off in the sun to lather, rinse and towel dry your pooch 'til he's squeaky clean and smelling fresh. Nail trims and ear cleanings are also available, and wash prices start at just $20.00. Dog Wash dates are this Saturday, June 11th, then July 9th, August 13th, and September 10th.
Now that your calendar is marked with the fun, summer events at the SPCA, consider other fun events in Aiken that you can do with or without your pet. Aiken's Alley just underwent a big renovation project making it even more pedestrian-friendly and beautiful than before. Check the Farmers Market in the Alley on Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. for live music, local produce, crafts, food vendors and more.
There's also a Concert Series at Hopelands Gardens every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, leashed pets are welcome and you can even take a picnic dinner. How fun is that?
Don't let the heat stop you from enjoying all the fun our town and the SPCA Albrecht Center have to offer this season. Spread on some sun block, grab a hat and a cool drink, leash up your dog and enjoy the summer!
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.