while we take a brief paws
Educating children and adults about responsible pet
ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets is an
important aspect of creating a more humane community. Since 2007, the
SPCA of Wake County has provided a variety of on-site and off-site educational
opportunities for people of all ages. In that
short time, we have reached countless children and adults with messages of responsibility
and compassion for all living things. Now it’s time to make it even better!
For the next few months, the
SPCA education program will take a brief intermission to review current
programming and plan the next exciting chapter of our education and outreach
program. Thank you for your patience and stay tuned for more information
in Fall 2015!
> Self-guided tours:
The SPCA of Wake County currently offers self-guided tours. Based on museum-quality education signage throughout the SPCA Pet Adoption Center, self-guided tours offer a great introduction to responsible pet care and the role of animal shelters in the community. Self-guided tours are appropriate for small groups of all ages (with parental supervison) and can be taken on
weekdays during the shelter’s open hours (weekends are too busy and crowded for
an enjoyable tour). A "scavenger hunt" based on the education signage is available here for downloading and is a helpful educational tool to supplement the tour. Guided tours are not currently offered.
> How groups and kids can help the SPCA:
Thank you for your desire to help the animals at the SPCA! There are a variety of ways that groups can help the SPCA. Please check out the SPCA's Service Guide. Although it is written for children, many of the ideas are appropriate for people of all ages. The SPCA does not currently offer onsite volunteer opportunities for youth groups. For more information about the SPCA's volunteer program, please visit this link.
> SPCA Pet Loss Support Group:
Are you mourning the loss of a pet? Do you need someone to talk to about it? Someone who understands? Someone who mourns the loss of their pet too? The SPCA Pet Loss Support Group may help.
Regardless of when your pet passed away or where you are in the grieving process, the SPCA Pet Loss Support Group welcomes anyone grieving the loss of a pet or preparing for a loss. The group allows you to share with and learn from others who are grieving the loss of a beloved pet too. The SPCA Pet Loss Support Group meets at the SPCA Pet Adoption Center just off Tryon Road/S. Wilmington Street in Raleigh. It is offered as a free service to the community.The SPCA Pet Loss Support Group meets on the third Sunday of most months from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Specific dates can be found at the SPCA events calendar.
Pet Loss Support Group Facilitator: Rob Gierka is President of Pet Chaplain, Inc., a North Carolina non-profit which provides client advocacy and grief training in veterinary environments. Rob has served as hospital chaplain at Rex Hospital and the North Carolina School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Teaching Hospital.His nonprofit, Pet Chaplain, Inc., has been featured on National Public Radio and North Carolina Public Television. You may learn more about Pet Chaplain, Inc. on the website at www.petchapel.org.