Our mission is to provide compassionate care, shelter, food, and medical attention to the animals entrusted to us while promoting adoptions, spay and neuter initiatives, responsible pet ownership and community education.
Dog Washers Needed May 12 - 57 Puppies!
Tuesday May 12
We need volunteers to bathe dogs before the big transport Wednesday May 13. If you can help please let me know. We normally start bathing about 1 and keep going until we are done. We would appreciate anyone that can help!
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend!
Set up at 9; adoption starts at 10
We need volunteers to set up, work the adoption and break down around 2:30. Please let me know if you can help. This is the National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart and we'd like to take a lot of dogs. However, I will only bring as many dogs as we have volunteers so it is imperative that you let me know you are coming. We don't want anyone to come and not have something to do because they probably won't come the next time nor do we want more dogs than the volunteers can handle.
Can you schmooze for shoes?
Put out one of our boxes at your office!
We are collecting gently worn shoes to help support micro enterprise programs in Haiti. Our second hand shoes are donated to WoofTrax who sends them to impoverished countries where they can repurpose and sell them. And to help our rescued cats and dogs WoofTrax will donate $1,000 to the Mobile SPCA if we collect at least 2,500 pairs of shoes.
Please clean out your closets! WoofTrax accepts all GENTLY WORN and REPAIRABLE SHOES including slippers and flip-flops.
Can you put out a donation box at your business? Or be one of our drop-off locations? Get your co-workers, family and neighbors collecting, too?
We will be collecting now through July 31. Shoe can be delivered to the Mobile SPCA office or if you have at least 100 pairs we will come and pick them up! Please contact Peggy for more details.
To download a flyer - click here!
Kids aching for a pet? Foster one!
We need people who can foster puppies and kittens, dogs and cats.
Summer is almost here and puppy and kitten season is upon us. Kids are getting out of school and are already clambering for a pet. We always want you to adopt but if you just don't have time for a pet right now just foster one (or several)!
The Mobile SPCA relies on foster homes to house and provide temporary care for the dogs and cats almost ready for our adoption or transport programs. Foster homes are an absolutely vital part of saving lives; every animal you foster is a life saved.
We are always here for you providing all necessary veterinary care, food and crates for your foster animal. We are transporting about every three weeks so we need homes to keep puppies healthy and happy until they leave for up north. No special expertise is required to foster. Just a little extra time, a little extra space and a great big heart.
Call us for more information or fill out a foster application today.
The Cat Portal Project
Housing matters. It matters from the first minute a cat enters our care.
As a shelter cat she has lost just about everything: familiar surroundings, family, and freedom. Housing in the shelter will determine whether, in this new environment, at this most vulnerable time in her life, she can find comfort in a soft surface to sleep on; defecate and urinate without soiling her food and water; relax at full body length; stretch her agile body; and even take a few steps or play with a toy.
Even more importantly, we now know shelter cat housing has profound effects even beyond these simple comforts. Proper housing from intake onwards profoundly influences health and behavior. UC Davis studied over 40 possible risk factors for feline upper respiratory infection (URI) at 9 shelters across North America over the course of a year. The results were dramatic: independent of the intake numbers, the risk for URI varied more than 50 fold. The most important factor? It was simply space: more than 9 square feet of floor space, and a two compartment cage that permitted daily care without moving the cat to a new cage during the critical first week of care.
Upper respiratory infection in shelter cats is strongly associated with feline herpesvirus infection, and herpes is specifically activated by stress. Building on the discovery that larger, compartmentalized housing was associated with decreased risk for URI, UC Davis compared stress levels in cats in 2-compartment cages with more than 8 square feet of floor space, with levels in cats housed in traditional 2’ by 2’ single cages. The results were dramatic and poignant: on average, cats in the larger cages reached a “relaxed” behavioral score by day 2, while cats in the smaller cages hadn’t reached that level even after a full week in the shelter. Adapting quickly to the shelter not only means happier cats – it means cats moving on to homes sooner and more lives saved over time.
Understandably, many worry that housing fewer cats in larger cages will translate to saving fewer lives. Fortunately, better housing means less illness, quicker behavioral adaptation, and often - much to everyone’s surprise – an increase in the number of lives saved!
And for those times when we get in a crunch, whether for a hoarding case, getting ready for a mega-adoption event, or just hitting a bad patch in kitten season, portals can be installed that allow flexibility by closing doors temporarily serving to increase capacity when absolutely needed for the short term.
The Mobile SPCA has launched our own Portal Project hoping to raise $6,000 to convert all of our cat cages in our clinic to two compartment cages giving each cat a living room and a powder room. Please donate today!