The SPCA of the Triad is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue organization, dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected, and injured animals.
We have three missions in the Triad Community of North Carolina: The rescue of animals, the education of the community, and the promotion of spaying and neutering animals.
When rescuing an animal, it’s hard to anticipate exactly how the animal will be once they’re in their forever home. Sometimes you can take an abused animal and they light up immediately, thankful to be safe and never displaying any behavioral issues. Those are the easy cases. More often than not, the abused and neglected animals are terrified and sometimes even aggressive. Occasionally, we will intake an animal that has been so neglected that they have developed a health complication, most often heart worm disease. Animals in those states are not ready for adoption and thus begins the process of physical and emotional rehabilitation.
In the Spring of 2011, we pulled a litter of puppies from a severely abusive situation. There were seven of them. Of the seven, two were friendly and five were fearfully aggressive. For the first two weeks, we had to wrangle them with the nooses you see animal control using. We knew this was not going to be an easy road. After much work, frustration and the implementation of innovative tactics, we reached the five terrified puppies. One by one they were adopted until there remained only two. Alexandra (pictured here) was the most frightened of the bunch. We sent them to foster homes separately and, at this point, just hoped for something to give. Eventually, the two remaining puppies loosened up a bit and began trusting. The foster families read to them, sat with them in silence and even began feeding them by hand. In time, these puppies found their forever homes. And that is why we do what we do.
If there is one thing we love to do, it is sharing knowledge. We visit town meetings, schools, and nursing homes. We post fun facts on our Facebook page, plan informational meetings for the public, and write newspaper articles. We get our information out to the public in every way we can and our message is clear: Respect all living beings and spay/neuter your pets! When we go to schools and even adult homes, we always ask one question: "What do animals need most?" Usually we hear food, a home, water or as one clever kindergartner once said- "Lots of toys and NO chocolate!" As wonderful as those answers are, here is what we say: "Respect!". We believe it is as simple as living by the Golden Rule. We have several educational programs geared towards different audiences. We have a fun, yet factual guide to being safe around animals. We teach the ins and outs of animal abuse and neglect- how to spot it and what to do. We also offer a great informational piece on spay/neuter and the health benefits, as well as educating about low-cost options.
If you are interested in including our Educational Outreach Program as a part of an event you are hosting, or if you would like us to visit your school or community group, please contact us by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spay & Neuter
We are very passionate and committed to educating our community about spaying and neutering. There is no greater way to reduce pet over-population and suffering. Spay and neuter is the number one thing you can do for your pet's health, and the well-being of those around your pet. Spaying and neutering reduce, if not completely eliminates, the chance of testicular and ovarian cancers in animals. It reduces or eliminates behavioral problems including, but not limited to, aggression, marking behaviors and going "into heat." Not only are the health and wellness benefits great, the cost alone is enough to convince you. A litter of four costs well over $2,000 of care and maintenance. Sadly, most puppies and kittens of accidental pregnancies do not get care because of cost, so they end up sick or homeless (or both).
We Are Committed To Keeping Families Together
We offer vital resources to the Triad community that help keep pets with their parents.
One of those resources is our pet food pantry, offered the first Thursday of every month from 12 - 5. We require that all pets are spayed/neutered and that all pets are up to date on important shots, especially rabies.
Our second resource is a well trained, and caring staff on the phones during our hours of operation. We take calls from frustrated people who are ready to give up on their best friend. We give advice based on research and experience to help those people feel less alone.
In addition, we are committed to the health of the animals, both in our program and in our community. Make sure you keep your pets safe from harmful parasites.
You can find Pet Armor online to protect your pets from ticks and fleas.