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From Enterprise Staff

Help and support are needed now for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Polk County to continue offering lifesaving treatments and care for cats and dogs in and around the county.

“We were lucky enough to break even in 2021 for the first time in several years. This was due in large part to the cost-cutting measures across the board that we implemented,” SPCA Executive Director Ron Hornsby said. “In addition, we more effectively managed the animal population on-site to ensure the very best care is provided and to allow our team of dedicated volunteers and staff to better manage their ability to care, treat and improve the quality of the lives of the animals.

Hornsby said 2020 saw record adoption numbers across the U.S. which was great for the animals and shelters and rescues across the country but that what transpired afterward was also unprecedented.

“There was a noticeable decline in adoptions for 2021, as well as a record number of animal returns from those returning to work or unable to care for the animals any longer. We also saw a drop in donations, even though we increased our marketing opportunities via television, radio, print and social media by 75% and held a number of events to help generate donations and support,” Hornsby said.

Without the cost-cutting measures, Hornsby said the SPCA of Polk County wouldn’t have been here today to share the news and provide updates on the lives of the animals in their care.

“This is why we need your help,” he emphasized. “It costs to run a facility of our size, being the only nonprofit, no kill animal shelter in Polk County. We receive zero funding or support from the city, county or state. We are so reliant on your generosity and dependent on your support, that without it, we cannot survive and continue to improve countless lives and perform the function that we do.”

Donations may be made to the to the SPCA of Polk County by visiting www.spcapolk.org, by texting spcapolk to 44321, by donating supplies to the shelter at 802 S. Houston in Livingston or by making purchases from their wish lists at wishlist by amazon or chewy.com. For additional information call (936)755-3020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

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