Friday, August 24, 2012

Resident Club Showcase: SPCA

The SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is not just an On Top of the World club, it is a service organization dedicated to helping animals in all of Marion and surrounding counties. Although most of the club's members are residents, they also welcome anyone outside of the community to join.

The SPCA's hands-on projects include providing pet food for many Meals on Wheels recipients. You will find this group filling plastic baggies with dog and cat food for this effort. The number of baggies averages to about 100 every other week. They are also a point of contact for animals that have been lost or found in On Top of the World. When an owner can't be located, they try to get them adopted. For this to work, they are in constant need of volunteer foster homes. One of their most rewarding projects is working in conjunction with local veterinary offices to offset the cost of medical care for injured pets whose owners are low on funds.

Since they do not have a shelter, they make a point of supporting the local animal organizations that do. They received a very generous donation last year so they have been able to do more. They have been using most of this money to help shelters who don't have sources of funding except donations.

In the last year, they helped several horse rescue agencies, a wildlife rescue and a bird sanctuary (OWLS), contributed to veterinary bills for local dog and cat rescues, helped support the on-going spay/neuter program for feral cats, donated to a local veterinarian whose project provides food and vet care to animals of the homeless, helped the county animal shelter improve their cat holding facility and helped several programs that provide service dogs for veterans.

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