The Mobile SPCA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization whose 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.
Run for Rescues Registration Now Open
The second annual Run For Rescues will be held Saturday, October 1 at the Grounds. There will be a 5K and Fun Run. Many of you asked for it and, yes, dogs are welcome to join their human runners this year! Register by mail (entries should be postmarked by September 15), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until Thurs, September 29, or online
until 4 AM Friday, September 30 or by downloading the registration form
. This was a fun event last year so please join us this year and bring your running buddy!
Did you get your newsletter?
We recently mailed out our printed newsletter
and many supporters did not receive their copy. The mailing service is filing a formal complaint with the Post Office. We are trying to figure out if this was limited to a certain area - meaning one or two mail carriers - or citywide - meaning the USPS plant. If you did not receive a newsletter in the mail and you believe you are on our mailing list, please let me
know. I need your last name and zip code please.
Summer Supply Drive at Floor Trader
It never fails to surprise me how many supplies the generous people at the Floor Trader collect for us - an entire crate of great items we use very day! Thank you Vicki Rhodes, owner, Carleton Mallory, store manager, and the great staff at the Schillinger Road Floor Trader that works so hard for us each July.
Karen Green is Changing Hats
For the last nineteen years, the Mobile SPCA has been fortunate to have on board our amazing Karen Green, serving as (among other things) Secretary. She has handled most of our clerical work, contributions, database entry, adoption records, and of course is the lady behind all our memorial letters to our supporters and friends. In addition to office work, Karen bakes and serves desserts at our Spayghetti dinners and Fish Fries. Thankfully, we will not really be saying goodbye to Karen though. Now Karen is changing hats from secretary to rummage sale volunteer.
"It has been a privilege to play a small part in helping the animals of Mobile County and a joy to work with dogs and cats in the office and with people who love and want to help them. I love to see people get excited about the wide variety of desserts at our events that our wonderful bakers have made. They are so generous and people always want second and third helpings and leave our events full and happy."
Karen retired from the Alabama State Transportation Department in 1996 and since she wasn't ready to stop working, quickly began her long "career" with us.
"Ica Rose Miller is really responsible for me becoming a volunteer as she took me under her wing and guided me until I learned just what a volunteer should be.”
Since then I’ve been privileged to volunteer alongside Jan Bailey. I call her “velvet voice.” She has such a wonderful way with the public both in person and on the telephone that she can deliver any kind of news and the person thinks it’s great whether they get their way or not. Jan is asked to handle the more difficult calls.
"I’ve been privileged to volunteer with Roy Blount, a true gentleman and our wonderful “can man.” He is an example to everyone on how to go on with life after losing a spouse. Roy is always in a good mood as he crushes away at aluminum cans earning money for the animals".
"Under Peggy Taylor’s leadership, thousands of dollars are raised every year. Peggy is such a good leader that rummage volunteers have fun sorting through donations. She has a happy crew, and I’m looking forward to becoming a part of her hard-working group."
Married to her husband Art for over 35 years, they have adopted two dogs from us: Callie, a very bossy Lhasa Apso and Charlie, a Miniature Schnauzer who formerly had some "weird issues" but is doing much better now. The family enjoyed camping for years so they could take the dogs with them when they traveled. And now they get pet-friendly cabins so the dogs can still be included.
Janine recalls Charlie fondly. "Charlie was malnourished and his skin was terrible and even more disturbing, he had been in a home for years and the then owners didn't seem to notice he was nothing but skin and bones. He thrived at Karen’s house, putting on weight and getting his little schnauzer attitude back. Karen was so proud of him she took him to the Blessing of the Animals the first October she had him. As soon as they arrived he got away from her and caused absolute mayhem at the blessing, racing everywhere, Karen trying to catch him! Karen may not have thought it that funny but we all have laughed about it since. Karen was mortified that her precious little dog could have been so naughty."
Members of Dauphin Way UMC, Karen accompanies Callie on her volunteer job of bringing joy to the residents of Crown Assisted Living through the church’s pet ministry. The residents feed Callie treats and she loves going.
"Art and I also volunteer with the Meals on Wheels ministry at church. And I love to do yard work and bake." Our staff agrees that "fortunately Karen has promised to continue to bake and bring us treats. It’s not like anyone around here needs another slice of cake but honestly, is life worth living without carrot cake?"
After nineteen years, our staff and volunteers have some wonderful memories of Karen and all she has given us.
Peggy tells us "Karen has been a wonderful friend and volunteer to work with over the past 15 plus years I have known her. She is especially welcoming to new volunteers and frequently brings her fabulous baked goodies to events for volunteers to share. We get in quite a few laughs while we are working together and she always steps up to help when we are short-handed on volunteers for our major events like the Giant Rummage Sale – even if she worked 8 hours the day before. She has such a kind heart for all animals and has dedicated 19 years now to helping them. She and her husband Art are family around here and we are looking forward to Karen helping in the rummage area once a week now and many more years of fun times together."
Ica remembers: "When Karen first started volunteering she was a little quiet and seemingly timid so I didn't want to overwhelm her with work. I gave her a few small tasks each time she came. After a few weeks Karen told me if I didn’t give her more to do she’d stop coming! Then I learned that she could spell, too. We piled work on her after that and it didn’t matter what we gave her to do Karen did it very quickly and efficiently. We had a great new volunteer!"
We are all so grateful for the years Karen has given us, and we look forward to making even more memories as she continues volunteering in a different capacity.
Our "Ready for Adoption" Kitties Need New Beds!
Dr. Foster and Smith is having a sale on the Cozy Cushion® cat beds we need for our cats ready for adoption! They are only $14.99 each during the sale. We need a total of 30 beds to keep our kitties at PetSmart comfy and cozy while they wait to be chosen by their new families. If you can donate one or several we would be very appreciative! Please go to the Dr. Foster and Smith Cozy Cushion® for Cats sale page. Drs. Foster and Smith gift certificates are also available!
Cozy Cushion® cat bed works like an electric blanket without the electricity! Patterned on the front, with coordinating solid fabric on the back, this pad features a core layer of thermo-reflective material that uses your cat's own body heat to warm the entire cushion - no cords or electricity costs! Tan Leopard color please.
Store Keeper Needed
The Second Chance Resale Shop is looking for a temporary storekeeper
for every other Friday from 10am-2:30pm. You need experience in handling money and a willingness to chat with our shoppers! If you are interested please fill out a volunteer application so we'll have your contact information. If you have filled out an application in the last couple years just email Peggy
and let her know you are interested and we will pull up your old application.
Do you know what sells well in our Second Chance Resale Shop and the Giant Rummage Sale? JEWELRY - costume, real stuff, homemade, you name it! We can even sell your broken jewelry, single earrings and out of style stuff that you think no one wants. Please take some time to clean out your jewelry box/drawer while you are watching TV tonight and donate your discards to the Mobile SPCA. You can help the animals without even leaving your sofa!
Rummage Drive Underway!
We are getting ready for our Fall Rummage Sale and we need your stuff now! Our volunteers are sorting and pricing and getting stuff ready. Please drop off your donations
Tuesday and Friday 8:30 to 5:00
Wednesday 10 to 5:00
Thursday 8:30 to noon
Saturday 10 to 3
Saturday, August 27 is the last day for rummage donations. Furniture will be accepted Septmeber 27 through October 5.
Fresh Step Paw Points
If you use FreshStep Kitty Litter please save the points on the box for our kitties. We turn them in and get free toys for our shelter cats.
Puppy Season Means Newspaper
It's that time of year - yes puppy season! And we need newspaper desperately. If you can, please remove the circulars - that are not absorbent - we would really appreciate it. We also need volunteers to flatten out the paper so if you can swing by for an hours or so we would be grateful for that as well!