Moe’s Southwestern Grill hosted a “spirit night” for Stafford SPCA No-kill shelter. A percentage of the sales from that afternoon would benefit the shelter that is completely privately funded. “We don’t get any funds from the county,” says Tracy Downey, SPCA adoption specialist says as she cradles Pippin a young Chihuahua pit mix. “Or state or federal government, so it’s all based on donations.”
The shelter is located in an old renovated nursing home. Giving the animals plenty of living space. “The cats all live communally together with cat trees and couches,” says Downey. ” And the dogs have their own bedroom with couches and beds, so it’s more like a home living situation for them so that when they go to a home it makes more sense for them.”
The shelter subsists off of donations, and volunteers. The volunteer programs range from pet care to socialization. If you are 13 years old you may volunteer with the cats, socializing and playing with the animals. You must be 16 to volunteer with the dogs. This after taking a two-step process that includes a classroom orientation, then a hands-on orientation on pet care. You don’t have to put in a lot of time. “I only come up for maybe an hour or so,” says Elke Marechal Volunteer for the SPCA. “I usually come up to walk the dogs and just take each one out for a walk around (the field).”
Though it is a pretty simple process to volunteer, adoption is a lengthier process. Determined to find the Animal’s forever homes, after a family applies to adopt a pet, they run a pet ownership reference check on the family. Once passed, the SPCA makes a home visit to make sure things are as specified in their parameters. Then there is a meet and greet between the new family member and all members of the family to let them form attachments and see if there is any anxiety with the animal. After a match is determined, the signing of the adoption contract finalizes the process, and you are a pet parent. Pet adoption fees vary per pet.