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Four years ago, Dorian Lambert received a phone call from her aunt about a stray cat that had found his way into her yard. Knowing Dorian loved cats and not being able to keep him herself, Dorian’s aunt asked her if she would like to take him in. Dorian gladly welcomed Rodney into her home a…

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This past January, a new South Carolina law came into effect, illegalizing the owning, purchasing, possessing, importing or selling of “a large wild cat, non-native bear [or] great ape.” South Carolina is now one of the 46 states that ban private possession of these exotic animals. Alabama, …

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On July 1st, the state of Georgia enacted the Hands-Free Georgia Act, a law that prohibits drivers from holding or even touching their phones while on the road. In South Carolina, it's only illegal to text while driving, holding the phone while talking is still permitted, at least for now. L…

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There was a time in our country when an estimated 15-20 million companion animals were euthanized annually due to overpopulation. According to the ASPCA, this number has decreased to an estimated 1.5 million companion animals facing euthanasia each year. Spay and neuter efforts and increased…

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Sooner than you think, the leaves will be changing, the kids will be getting ready to go trick-or-treating and the SPCA Albrecht Center will be holding its largest fundraiser of the year – Barktober Fest.

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Imagine watching the dozens of daily visitors walk past your kennel when all you want is their love. You bark and bark hoping to get their attention, but instead it frightens them away. You lay in your room hour after hour wondering when your person will find you. You get walked, treats and …

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A number of years ago, I was walking my family’s old Basset Hound mix, Wesley, through a secluded part of the woods near our home. This area was mostly unused by other residents, and I gradually began walking Wesley off-leash. I always enjoyed these off-leash walks as they gave Wesley more f…

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Everybody loves free stuff and cute, cuddly animals. Put those two things together and you get something completely irresistible. However, as the old saying goes: “Nothing in life is 'free.'" When animal shelters or pet owners decide to give their animals away to new homes for free, it is ou…

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The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare has received nearly $9,000 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. The grant has been earmarked to support the daily operations of SPCA Albrecht Center so they can continue helping homeless pets in the CSRA a…

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The website AmericanHumane.org lists July 5 as the busiest day of the year in animal shelters "as companion animals that fled in fright the night before are found miles from their homes, disoriented and exhausted, and anxious families often find themselves searching the streets and shelters …

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Cruel tethering and chaining has been an issue on the minds of animal lovers for decades. Now, with ordinances being passed on county and city levels in Aiken and with the introduction of legislation in the South Carolina Statehouse, which would establish regulations for humanely tethering d…

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When I adopted my dog, Django, from the Albrecht Center, he barked at my husband nonstop for weeks. Whenever my husband would open a door, stand up, or even glance at our new dog, Django would respond with a terror-stricken expression and a loud, shrill bark.

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In my totally biased, cat-loving, wanting-to-own-a-farm-of-cats opinion, kittens are on the top of my “Cutest Things On The Face of This Planet” list. From their tiny "meows" to their clumsy rompings, I can’t help but fall in love with each kitten I see. Lucky for me, during this time of yea…

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My cat Luna is a very happy house cat. She's quite content with her predictable meal schedule, wide variety of windows and numerous nap spots in her safe, domesticated life. Occasionally though, Luna finds herself unable to resist the opportunity that an open door and a distracted human pres…

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Last week I visited a local jewelry repair shop to have a ring repaired. The service was friendly and fast enough, but probably would have been faster had I not been wearing a work shirt with the SPCA Albrecht Center logo on the front. The very nice lady behind the counter noticed and before…

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“DROP IT!” I scream at Dora. She looks up, stares briefly at me, and starts running. Trowel in hand, purple gardening gloves on, I charge after her, screaming “no, No, NO!” Of course, she doesn’t listen. This is her favorite game, Grab it and Run, and she’s really good at it.

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On Saturday, April 14, we came together and walked in support of the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare and the homeless and neglected animals in our community.

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ARLINGTON, Wash. (TNS) — Patient No. 1938 at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center is a great horned owl. Her injuries are such that she can’t stand up. She rests silently in one of the cages built into a wall, the front covered by a blanket so she doesn’t get stressed.

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“You once conducted research in which you attached metal tags that emitted gamma radiation to shells of living turtles. You also X-rayed turtles. Weren’t these techniques detrimental to the health of the turtle?” John Byrd, an award-winning environmental educator in Tennessee, sent me the qu…

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When my husband David and I decided it was time to get our first dog, we made a list. We would only adopt from an animal shelter – let others pay big bucks for pampered pedigreed dogs with foo foo grooming needs. We didn’t want a puppy – too much work. No big dog and no dainty dog – it had t…

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(TNS) – Behind her, she could sense fear, feel the heat of the canine edging closer. Then in a heartbeat came a touch as gentle as an angel’s kiss. In that sweet moment, their unpredictable journey had begun.

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(TNS) — Sharie takes care of Stumpy, a 7-year-old terrier mix, a neutered male, that lives both inside and outside. Sharie has had Stumpy’s teeth cleaned in the past and wonders how often it’s necessary. She wants to take care of his teeth but is concerned about the anesthetic procedure when…

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (TNS) — It was Pete’s screams that first alerted Benjamin Spalding to a crisis in backyard. A fox had grabbed the 34-year-old Mealy Amazon parrot as he was climbing up the side of his aviary and tore off his left foot.

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The Aiken County Animal Shelter offered dog adoptions for $10 Saturday. Adopters also received a coupon for a free grooming from Hair of the Dog Pet Salon and Spa in Aiken.

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FOTAS will hold a A Hop on In and Spring into Action adoption event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Aiken County Animal Shelter, 333 Wire Road. During the event, dogs will be $35 and cats will be $15, and those who adopt will receive a free leash or cat carrier. For more in…

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Nothing is more heartwarming than the first warm nuzzle from a new puppy. With new pets, however, come new responsibilities and opportunities, which can often lead to New Year’s resolutions involving new furry friends.

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(TNS) — Lacey is a 6-year-old female Pomeranian dog who, according to caretaker Kara, runs the household. I would bet there are a lot of us out there who might say the same thing about our companions. Lacey spends most of her time indoors but is allowed access into the backyard and goes on r…

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