It's Valentine's Day and that means showing love to the one you hold dear with flowers, chocolates, a romantic card or a fancy dinner. But what about the ones in our lives who love us the most? Completely unconditionally, in fact. Our pets show us love every day, from the moment we wake up with their cold, wet-nosed greetings, to bedtime with their cozy cuddles and stubborn snuggles.
I'll leave it to you to decide how to return your own pet's affection, whether it be with toys, treats, extra playtime or all of the above. But if you'd like to spread that love around, and show some love to pets still waiting to meet their Valentine, here are a few ideas:
Celebrate Valentine's Day with some Free Love - $0 adoption fees on all cats, 6 months old and older at the SPCA Albrecht Center. There are so many wonderfully snuggly and sweet cats to choose from, all waiting to be yours. Be sure to take a pet carrier and proof of your current pet(s) rabies vaccination to adopt. The shelter is located at 199 Willow Run Road and open from 11:00am until 4:30pm for adoptions.
On February 28th, show some love for spay/neuter awareness at the SPCA's fourth annual Spayghetti Dinner. Proceeds benefit low-cost spay/neuter so more people can afford to spay and neuter their pets, helping to reduce pet overpopulation, homelessness and needless euthanasia. Spayghetti Dinner tickets are just $8 in advance or $10 at the door and include a plate of spaghetti, salad, roll and a drink. You can dine in at the SPCA or take it home. Tickets are available online at LetLoveLive.org, by phone at 803-648-6863 or at the SPCA and both SPCA Thrift Shop locations.
If you know a very special pet who's making a positive impact in our community or just in their person's life, consider showing them some love by nominating them for the Serena's Star Award. The SPCA is partnering once again with Steve Briggs and his remarkable therapy dog, Serena, to recognize pets who are making amazing contributions in our community.
The selected award recipient (pet and owner) will be honored during a ceremony on April 2nd at the SPCA Albrecht Center with a $500 prize sponsored by the Briggs family, plus a framed photo which will be displayed at the SPCA for the remainder of 2017. Visit LetLoveLive.org/SerenasStar for an online nomination form. Nominations are open until March 17th.
This spring brings the SPCA's annual Walk for Animals, a super fun way to show love for the pets in your life and raise money for the homeless pets who make their way to the shelter every day. Registration is open now at LetLoveLive.org/walk-for-animals so you can get started with your own fundraising goal. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-648-6863 if you have questions. Can't join the walk? Please consider a donation to help the SPCA reach their goal.
And if you don't have a pet in your life to show all this love to, the SPCA Albrecht Center has plenty of loving pets available! Don't forget Free Love - $0 Cat Adoptions on Valentine's Day, or visit any day to meet all the wonderful pets just waiting to make you the love of their life, and show you how much love they have to give.
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 of the SPCA.