On Saturday, April 14th, we came together and walked in support of the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare and the homeless and neglected animals in our community. I wish there were bigger, more meaningful words than “Thank You” to express our true appreciation for those of you that choose to support our organization and events like the Walk for Animals. With your help and activeness in spreading our mission, we will be able to help many of our animals with veterinary care and with purchasing supplies to keep them happy and healthy until they find new and loving homes.
Supporters, volunteers and their pets came to the Albrecht Center and walked the 1.25-mile route to show their support. The weather was beautiful and it turned out to be the perfect day for a good cause. Afterwards, we enjoyed a delicious brunch of breakfast casserole, muffins, fruit and bagels, courtesy of board members Russ and Jennifer Richardson. Accompanying the brunch were a cash bar, free dog park admission and music DJ’d by David Spikes.
Through online fundraising, registration, donations and food and drink sales, we successfully raised over $8,800 for the animals in our care. With over 140 online supporters and walkers and 20 volunteers for this event, we could not feel more grateful. $8,800 means we can administer 730 rabies shots or perform 125 spay/neuter surgeries or treat 15 heartworm positive dogs. The veterinary care is extremely vital to ensuring a good life for our animals and we are incredibly happy with what we will be able to accomplish all thanks to you!
If you were unable to attend the event, but would like to contribute, you can donate to our Tails of Hope Fund at www.letlovelive.org/tailsofhope. Donations made to this fund go directly to giving second chances to homeless pets in need of more extensive medical treatment, including those from abusive or neglectful situations. Or, you can continue to donate to a Walk for Animals’ fundraising team at http://walk-for-animals-2018.everydayhero.do/ until May 7th.
Want to join us for upcoming events? The following is a list of our May events:
On May 2nd from 6 – 8 pm, bring your pups and join us for our monthly patio party full of great food, delicious drinks and local, live music by Marvin Blystone. The SPCA Dog Park will be open free to the public and supporters can visit our adoptable animals. Feeling lucky? Participate in our Lucky Dog Raffle for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Event will take place at the Albrecht Center; 199 Willow Run Road.
On May 5th from 11am – 2pm we will be hosting our Fourth Annual Kitten Shower. Join us for a baby shower-like event, complete with the cutest kittens, cuddles and snacks. Donations for the upcoming kitten season are greatly appreciated. A “Wish List” can be found by following the link to our Amazon page at www.LetLoveLive.org/kitten-shower. Event will take place at the Albrecht Center; 199 Willow Run Road.
Come out to our first dog wash of the season on May 12 from 10am – 2pm. Including ear cleanings and nail clippings, you can get everything you need to spruce up your pup for the summer months. Pricing can be found online at www.LetLoveLive.org/dogwash. Event will take place at the Albrecht Center; 199 Willow Run Road.
Preview Party and Fashion Show
The SPCA Albrecht Center’s Thrift Store in the Mitchell Shopping Center is moving to a newer, nicer and larger location a few doors down from its current spot. On May 23 from 6 – 8pm, come check out our hipper, higher end store and get the chance to be the first to purchase boutique, designer items at thrift store prices. Complete with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine (by donation only) and a full runway fashion show, it is sure to be a great time! Tickets are on sale now at the SPCA Albrecht Center and SPCA Albrecht Center Thrift Stores for $10 advance; $20 at door. Event will take place at the new Thrift Store; 1589 Whiskey Road.
As always, 100% of the profits from these events go towards the veterinary care and supplies for our homeless and adoptable pets at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare.
If you have any questions about the upcoming events, please contact Claire R. Grimes, Development Director, via email at Claire@LetLoveLive.org or by phone at (803) 648-6863.
Thank you again to our amazing supporters. We truly could not do this without you.
Photos by Michelle Jurnak and Jessica Gladkowski