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For the Love of Pets

Apr 01, 2011 01:01AM

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of North Brevard is much more than a shelter for unwanted animals. Teri Scott, Ambassador for SPCA, shares their mission which includes "finding homes for various creatures that end up at their doorstep, educating the public about spaying and neutering pets, reducing over population through low cost surgical sterilization, and promoting the health of pets and their families through appropriate well care."

For those wanting to take home a loveable furry addition to the family, adopting a pet from the SPCA is easy; simply an application and minimal adoption fee which covers tests, worming, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, and microchip. With over 700 adoptions in 2008 and over 4,400 pets spayed/neutered, there are many successful adoption stories. The one closest to Teri’s heart is a Russian Blue cat, Lana, who was found wandering around by an employee. Lana was an older cat with several health issues including severe allergies and horrible dental issues. After nearly losing her while trying to put her under anesthesia, she was put up for adoption. Months went by with no interest until an angel finally showed up. The connection between the two was perfect and Lana went home with this angel who literally saved Lana’s life.

The SPCA has numerous fun events to raise awareness each year such as Happy Tails Adoptathon/Open House, Bark in the Park dog walk and contest, and Casino Night.

Coming up Saturday, February 21 at the Space Coast Convention Center is the 2nd annual Whiskers & Paws Fashion Show which features auctions, vendors, 50/50 drawing, mini thrift store/boutique, and many wonderful door prizes. Models will be escorted by adoptable dogs and cats will be in cages in the atrium. Admission is $25 and includes a meal and ticket for door prizes.

The best way the community can help is through spaying and neutering their pets and/or adopting a homeless animal which can run the gamut of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and ferrets. As far as a wish list, Teri advises, "The most important items during these hard times are Pedigree dog food, Pedigree cat and kitten chow, paper towels, and dog and cat toys." Other necessities include monetary donations, short term foster care, volunteers, and thrift store donations/customers.

It gives Teri great joy to see homeless animals placed in loving forever homes. She trusts the right individuals will find it in their heart to take a look at the many pets available. Her enthusiastic message to readers is, "Thank you for helping those who cannot help themselves!"

SPCA of North Brevard is located at 455 Cheney Highway in Titusville. For more information call 321-289-9555, email [email protected], or visit

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My name is Kevin and my birthday is September 9, 2008. I am a spunky male domestic short haired brown and white tiger kitten who loves to play. Stop by and take a look at me and my siblings.

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