This Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., the SPCA on Willow Run Road is open for good times and great pets. Kenny George will entertain us with original country music and some of our favorite covers. Palmetto Package will sling drinks at the cash bar – all of your adult favorites and sodas for the kids. The Green Boundary Club has generously donated hot dogs, which we will grill up for donations while they last.

BYOD: You thought it was BYOB? During Yappy Hour at the SPCA, you bring your own DOG (vaccinated, leashed and well-behaved, please)! Don’t dismay if you don’t have a dog to let loose in the park. Our Phideaux University trainees will be strutting their stuff – sitting, staying and begging for forever homes.

If you see a pet you can’t live without, come back on Friday after 11 a.m. and adopt for half price. After all, what is Yappy Hour without half-priced something? No holds, no rain checks and adoptions are subject to approval.

Aug. 8: As if Yappy Hour isn’t enough fun already, on Aug. 8 you can unleash your inner artist and immortalize your pet on canvas. Reserve your spot for this unique experience by calling 803-648-6863. Take a close-up photo of your pet and print it out in black and white on 8x10. If this technological feat drives you to distraction, email your photo to or bring the original by the SPCA, and we will do the hard part.

Then, show up at 5 p.m. to enjoy a cocktail before you paint and report to the Marr Education Center by 5:25. No live pets if you are painting! The cost is $50 and covers one drink ticket, your canvas, painting supplies and step-by-step instruction from Ms. Beth Brodie of Van Gogh to Go. If you aren’t painting, admission to Yappy Hour is free, as always.

Sept. 12: During September’s Yappy Hour, we will show the cat people some love. Bring your copies of Gwen Cooper’s best-selling novel “Homer’s Odyssey” and her newest release “Love Saves the Day” so that she can autograph them while she’s here. The great people from Energizer will be giving out freebies and coupons for their Litter Genie products, and Bogie will be back on stage singing all of our favorites.

Sept. 21: The SPCA will celebrate the life of a special volunteer, Lana Dyer, with Lana-PAW-looza. In the spirit of Lana’s many interests, there will be a little something for everyone.

Kids age 6 to 18 can compete during the day in Decorate the Dance Floor on the patio of the Marr Education Center. Registration for this sidewalk chalk competition is $10 for a 4-foot by 4-foot square. Space is limited so sign up soon.

The evening portion of the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a 1-mile twilight walk and continue until midnight with a Bark-a-rita-ville street dance and silent auction. Walkers can register as individuals or as a team, gather sponsors in support of the SPCA and then walk the twilight trail with or without four-legged friends. Prizes will be awarded in several categories.

Exercise not your thing? Show off your culinary, bartending and decorative skills in Bark-a-rita-ville. Participants can decorate a booth, serve up a dish and schlep samples of adult beverages, then reap the rewards (and prizes) for Best Theme, Best Booth, Best Food and Best Drink. Best of all, the judges are the taste-testers who come out to enjoy the food and festivities.

Bark-a-rita-ville contestants and registered Twilight Walkers get free entry to the event. Tickets for the event will be $25 at the gate. Valid ID must be shown for guests 21 years of age or older.

All in all, it’s going to be a summer full of food, fun and fur here at the SPCA. Don’t miss it! To get more information or register for an event, call Chrissey Miller at 803-648-6863 or email