Welcome to the Summer of Love 2017

In 1967, NASA landed its third unmanned mission on the moon, Wake County’s first indoor shopping mall opened, Elvis and Priscilla Presley got married in Las Vegas, Aretha Franklin recorded her timeless anthem, Respect, and the growing counterculture movement converged in San Francisco for the Summer of Love.

Love is also the reason why, in 1967, Raleigh animal advocates founded the SPCA of Wake County. Over the last half-a-century, the SPCA of Wake County has provided vital help to both pets and the people who love them. In fact, love, hard work, and community support have enabled the SPCA to help more than 320,000 animals in need.

Every day at the SPCA, people from all walks of life find unconditional love with the pets they choose as part of their family.

We see some of the best examples of the life-altering impact of love in the bonds families form with their pets. These relationships range from the cherished family pet to animals whose unwavering love and support provide a lifeline to lonely seniors, veterans suffering from PTSD, or children with developmental disabilities.

Love is the constant theme throughout all aspects of the SPCA’s work.

And while the old saying is true, “money can’t buy love,” financial support does make it possible to rescue animals, to heal them, provide them with shelter and make that love connection.

Sponsoring Love

Who doesn’t want to sponsor love? All year long, the SPCA is offering the opportunity to businesses or individuals to help underwrite the costs of preparing pets for adoption. This underwriting helps keep the SPCA adoption fees low.

Getting one pet ready for adoption can cost anywhere from $200 to $800 or more.

Before adoption, every SPCA pet is spayed/neutered and receives a physical exam, rabies vaccine, microchip, de-wormer, flea/tick prevention, as well as a heartworm test and distemper combo vaccine (for dogs) or a FeLV/FIV test and FVRCP vaccine (for cats).

Some animals often needed extra care, like James, who needed heartworm treatment. The American Heartworm Society estimates that treatment for a 40-pound dog can cost between $1,200-1,800.


Other animals need surgery. Some families surrender their pets to area shelters because the animals need more care than their families can afford. We often pull these animals from those area shelters and can provide the necessary care.

Sponsorship through the Summer of Love campaign is open to anyone. Sponsor an adoption weekend and your gift will help provide the care for animals being adopted those days, as well as help keep the SPCA adoption fees low!

To sponsor a summer of love weekend, contact Amy Crum at ACrum@spcawake.org or (919) 532-2087.

Thanks to underwriting from generous SPCA supports, adoption fees range from $45 to $150. (Whoever said money can’t buy happiness never paid an adoption fee.)

Thank YOU for being an important part of creating loving bonds!

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