I frequently run into friends and neighbors who ask a lot of great questions about who we are and what we do here at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. I’d like to take time and answer some of these frequently asked questions to be sure everyone knows about and is taking advantage of all of the services we offer for people and their pets.
Does the SPCA Albrecht Center help animals from outside the City of Aiken?
This is probably the question I get the most. Put simply, the answer is yes.
We take in all stray animals found within the Aiken city limits which accounted for 55.5% of animal intake in 2018. We also take in owner surrendered pets from all across the CSRA including from residents of the City of Aiken, Aiken County, North Augusta, Saluda County, Edgefield County, Barnwell County, Augusta, and beyond. Owner surrenders accounted for 25.5% of animal intake in 2018. Other animal intake included animals previously adopted and returned to our shelter which accounted for 14% as well as animals transferred to us from other shelters which accounted for 5%. When it comes to helping pets in need, our reach extends far beyond the Aiken city limits. Last year, over 30% of the animals we took in were from outside the City of Aiken.
In addition to animals helped though sheltering and adoption, our SPCA Veterinary Care Center provided affordable veterinary services for 10,700 owned pets from all around the CSRA in 2018.
Can I call you about a stray animal in my neighborhood?
When it comes to strays, city and county lines do come into play because different animal control entities have authority over different jurisdictions. To report a stray in Aiken County, but outside the Aiken city limits, call Aiken County Animal Control at (803) 642-1537. To report a stray within the Aiken city limits, call Aiken Public Safety at (803) 642-7620. Strays in Aiken County are brought to the Aiken County Animal Shelter and strays from the City of Aiken are brought to the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare.
What happens to the animals who enter your shelter?
The animals we take in all receive spay/neuter surgery, veterinary care including vaccinations and testing, a microchip, food, water, shelter, daily care, and lots of love. We do adoptions Monday through Saturday to find homes for the homeless pets in our care. Thankfully, folks in our community choose to adopt which results in over 96% of the animals that enter our shelter finding homes. Check out some of our adoptable pets!
Can I bring my pet to the SPCA Veterinary Care Center?
Of course! We know that it is crucial that all pet owners have access to high-quality, low-cost veterinary care for their pets. That’s why we operate the SPCA Veterinary Care Center. I’m frequently asked about who can utilize our veterinary care services, and the answer is –everyone! No matter where you live, you can use our veterinary care center for spay/neuter, vaccinations, wellness exams, and more. For a list of services and pricing, visit www.spcavetcare.org.
What else do I need to know about the SPCA Albrecht Center?
We strive to improve the lives of companion animals by rehoming abused, abandoned, and neglected pets while fighting for their well-being through vigorous legislative effort, humane education, and by offering affordable veterinary care for all.
Sheltering and pet adoption are a huge focus for us here at the SPCA Albrecht Center, but it is just one piece of the lifesaving puzzle. We believe humane education, affordable veterinary care, and legislative efforts are necessary to ensure the well-being of companion animals in our community.
Our humane education program is focused on educating and inspiring the next generation of animal welfare advocates through learning experiences centered around pet safety and pet responsibility.
Our veterinary care center exists not only to provide care for the many homeless pets coming through the shelter doors, but also to provide affordable, high-quality veterinary care for all pets in the community.
Our legislative efforts work toward improving animal welfare laws at the city and state level. The passage of Senate Bill 105 on Friday, May 10, 2019 was the result of many years of hard work by the South Carolina Legislative Coalition of which the SPCA Albrecht Center is a part. The legislation now moves to the Governor for his signature to become law.
The SPCA Albrecht Center is a non-profit organization that doesn’t receive any government funding or any funding from the ASPCA (an entirely separate entity). Funding for our shelter and programs comes from donations, revenue from our two SPCA Thrift Stores, grants, bequests, sponsorship, and from fees charged for our services. We are able to continue our lifesaving programs thanks to the support of our incredible community.
For more information and to get involved, visit www.LetLoveLive.org.
Jessica Gladkowski is the Director of Community Relations at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in Japanese from The University of Vermont. Jessica is inspired to combine her passion for helping animals, teaching, and serving a diverse community through a career in animal welfare. Jessica lives in Aiken with her husband David and their rescue dogs Django and Ollie.