There are many definitions for the word "service." If you still have a dictionary, dust it off, crack it open and take a look, or, if you're like me, Google it.
Google keeps it simple, defining service as "the action of helping or doing work for someone" or "a system supplying a public need." That definition is also best suited for the purposes of this article, which is to bring you noteworthy information related to pets and make you aware of the services available at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare.
You might be thinking, "But the SPCA is an animal welfare organization, don't they serve animals more than people?" Ultimately, yes. Those of us who work or volunteer in animal welfare find it reassuring in difficult situations, whether they be financial, political or social, to remind ourselves and each other, "It's all about the animals."
Very often though, helping animals goes hand-in-hand with helping people, because at the SPCA Albrecht Center, the goal is for every pet to either stay with the person they are bonded to, or find a loving person and home as soon as possible, whichever is in the best interest of the animal.
Let's start with adoptions. Homeless animals find their way to the SPCA by means of Animal Control, a kind citizen, or an owner who is no longer able to care for them. The services provided to those animals include food, shelter, medical care, enrichment, training, and love.
Eventually, when each pet is ready, the SPCA provides the service of finding them a forever home, which also ends up being a service to the adopter. The adopter is provided with a loving companion, along with information, tools and resources needed to ensure a smooth transition and a long, happy relationship with their new pet.
In addition to adoption services, the SPCA's full-service Veterinary Care Center offers a whole range of services that benefit pets and their people, and at quite affordable prices.
The SPCA has offered reduced-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services for many years and continues to do so. These basic veterinary needs are available to anyone at very reasonable rates and to some, for even further reduced pricing, under City and County voucher programs.
In addition to those services, the Veterinary Care Center offers a full range of veterinary services to help you care for your pet including general wellness exams, dental procedures, testing, flea and heartworm prevention and more. The SPCA also offers compassionate humane euthanasia when the time comes to offer your pet a final act of love.
These veterinary services are available to anyone, regardless of where you live or your income level, and scheduling is available by appointment or on a walk-in basis during certain hours. They're even open on Saturdays!
Outside of pet services, shopping opportunities are also offered at the SPCA's two Thrift Shop locations: downtown at 404 Richland Avenue East and in Mitchell Shopping Center at 1557 Whiskey Road. Both shops are open Monday - Saturday from 10:00am until 5:00pm.
You can find all sorts of gently used items at very affordable prices including furniture, clothing, jewelry, household items, toys, baby gear, books, tools, and pet supplies. And the best part is that 100% of each purchase goes to help the SPCA continue serving the pets and people who need them.
If you have items you would like to donate to the SPCA Thrift Shops, bring them by either store or call to schedule FREE pickup: 803-648-6863.
Have questions? You can learn about all of the SPCA's services and lots more by visiting www.LetLoveLive.org, calling 803-648-6863 or dropping by 199 Willow Run Road, in Aiken, SC. The SPCA Albrecht Center is at your (and your pets) service!
Sarah Neikam is the Communications & 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 family which includes three adopted cats: Bastian, Luna and Grady, who are all living happy, loved lives thanks to the efforts and the services of the SPCA.