Since the opening of our new facility, the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare has been blessed to receive more than 300 volunteers.

Each one of these people came into our volunteer program with the generous intent to give freely of their time for the betterment of the many animals in our care, and they have done so in many ways.

Just as it is with any group of people, members come and members go. People move, change jobs, have kids or just get busy with other things.

We are lucky to have a core group of volunteers who have remained active since their first day, and who we can count on whenever help is needed.

On Friday, May 24, immediately after I welcomed in a new group of eager volunteers, I learned of the sudden and untimely passing of one of our valued volunteers. Truly one of our best and brightest, Lana Dyer was gone.

Lana was young, healthy, happy and always ready to help. She was one of the first volunteers to join our team in August of last year and since that time has managed to contribute more than 130 volunteer hours.

That’s 130 hours of her free time, on top of working a full-time job, living more than 12 miles away, taking care of her own two dogs and managing her home life with her companion of 10 years.

Lana could be found at the SPCA most weekends walking dogs and participating in our Phideaux University train-to-adopt program as a dedicated Academic Advisor.

Through this program, Lana was able to work one-on-one with several dogs in our care, helping them become more adoptable and move on to loving, forever homes.

Lana was very passionate about animal welfare but balanced that passion with a strong sense of realism and complete understanding of our mission.

The SPCA was truly lucky to have Lana on our team for the short time that we did. Her love for the animals here and her many contributions will live on in the generous nature that many of our volunteers possess.

In the spirit of the SPCA motto, “Let Love Live,” we are adopting the adage “Let Lana’s Love Live” as we honor Lana through some very special upcoming events.

First, to honor the Precious Time we were able to spend with this amazing volunteer and to lessen the amount of Precious Time pets spend in shelters, the SPCA will be offering discounted adoption fees during the weekend we would have been celebrating Lana’s 39th birthday.

From June 14-16, adopters will pay the amount shown on the clock at the conclusion of their adoption. If it is 12:15 pm, the adoption fee will be $12.15. If it is 3:08 pm, the adoption fee will be $3.08, and so on.

The SPCA will gratefully accept additional donations made in Lana’s memory or in memory of someone else with whom you have spent Precious Time. 

Second, this September we will expand on our annual dog walk fundraiser, and dedicate the event to Lana’s memory.

In addition to a twilight walk for animals, “Lana-PAW-looza” will include contests, a silent auction, street dance, and several other activities sure to have everyone’s tails wagging.

We hope these events and our shared memories of Lana will help bring comfort to her family and friends, and we hope they know that without a doubt, Lana’s love lives.

If you would like to make a difference by joining our volunteer team or by making a memorial donation in Lana’s honor, please call 803-648-6863, click or visit us at 199 Willow Run Road, in Aiken.

June is Kitten Month: 2 for 1 for Twice the Fun!

June 8, 10 am - 2 pm Dog Wash at Cold Creek Nursery

June 13, 5 pm - 8 pm Yappy Hour Bluegrass and Bruster’s Ice Cream at SPCA, 199 Willow Run Road

June 14-16 Precious Time Adoption Special at SPCA

Vaccination Clinic is open from Tuesday - Friday 8 am - 3 pm, no appointment needed.

Affordable Spay and Neuter by appointment. Call 803-648-6863.

New hours at the SPCA: Monday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm, Sunday 11 am - 3 pm