For a good time, the SPCA is the place to be. With or without four-legged companions, the SPCA is entertaining the masses with monthly Yappy Hours and even bigger parties, like the upcoming Lana-PAW-looza, all to benefit homeless pets in the CSRA.

Lana-PAW-looza is Sept. 21, and registration is now open for competitions including the Bark-a-rita-ville cook-off, Twilight Walk for Animals, and Decorate the Dance Floor sidewalk chalk show for kids.

No compete clause

Not the competitive type? That’s OK, too. You’ll love chillaxing in Bark-a-rita-ville where you will be able to sample all of the delicious food and adult beverage entries and dancing to the music of phenomenally talented Lo Down Brown. There will also be a huge silent auction where you can score deals on all of Aiken’s favorite things like gift certificates from Malia’s Restaurant and Insight Animal Wellbeing’s animal communication.

Can you cook?

How would you like to win a mountain getaway for your efforts? Sign up by emailing and then begin planning a themed booth, matching sample-sized food and an adult beverage. Best Overall Booth wins four weekdays and nights or two weekend days and nights in an adorable cabin tucked between Hiawassee, Ga., and Hayesville, N.C., courtesy of Rod and Lisa Burch, SPCA friends from Prosperity.

Walk it off

The Twilight Walk for Animals will give you the chance to earn the calories you will consume that evening. Register at and start raising money for the event. Raise $25 for free admission to Bark-a-rita-ville after the walk, $50 for your own koozie, $100 for a commemorative T-shirt or more, and you could win a fabulous prize from Whole House Audio and Video.

Draw it out

Kids can compete, too. Not only are they eligible for the Twilight Walk, but they can also compete in the Decorate the Dance Floor Competition. Registration is $10, which you can take care of over the phone at 803-648-6863. Each participant will be given a 4 x 4 square to decorate with sidewalk chalk (provided). Winners in three age groups will be announced at 9 p.m. in Bark-a-rita-ville. Winners will receive a trophy and a gift certificate to Hobby Lobby.

Upcoming Yappy Hour

Aug. 8 you can unleash your inner artiste and immortalize your pet on canvas. Reserve your spot for this unique experience by calling us at 803-648-6863. Take a close-up photo of your pet and print it out in black and white on 8 by 10. 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.

For those of you not painting, bring your own dog (vaccinated, leashed, and well-behaved please) to play in Aiken’s only dog park. 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 morning after 11 am 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.

Events like these subsidize affordable spay and neuter surgeries and vaccinations as well as care for homeless pets, and are made possible by SPCA Gold sponsors: WHAV, Inc, Hollow Creek Animal Hospital, Linda’s Bistro, Dog Watch Hidden Fences, Equestrian Calendar, Aiken Dog & Hound, David Stinson of Meybohm Realty, Prestige Appliance, and Cold Creek Nursery; and Silver sponsors: Insight Animal Wellbeing, Hutson-Etherredge Companies, Elliott Davis, and Palmetto Package & Fine Wine.

For further information about our services, events or sponsors, call 803-648-6863, drop us a line at, visit us virtually at or in person at 199 Willow Run Road.