While raising Nina and writing about her, I have learned a great deal about the world of pet rescue and adoption. Although no one has the exact number, it is estimated that there are 6-8 million stray pets wandering the streets of America every day. That is an enormous number of animals in need!
Almost every city and community has a locally-funded Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). In our area, we have The Charlottesville-Albermarle SPCA (CASPCA). For a small community, our CASPCA organization does an amazing job. Almost 3,000 pets are adopted every year. Additionally, they provide a wealth of services such as spaying and neutering almost 5,000 animals a year.
Throughout our journey with Nina, I have made it a point to educate myself about exactly how the SPCA functions and thrives as a non-profit organization. The positive impact they have on our furry friends is remarkable and certainly worthy of our attention.
There are a multitude of ways to participate and volunteer. I often check event calendars since there are always fun opportunities for our family to get involved together—such as the upcoming CASPCA Bow Wow Walk, April 30th!
My journey has been eye opening, indeed! However, what has fascinated and amazed me most are the many unsung heroes of pet rescue who operate independently all over our country and the world. Read more about these heroes next week!
We’d love to hear from you! Are you involved with your local SPCA? How have they impacted you and your community?