spcala celebrates 137th anniversary
and 'shelter of the month' award
spcaLA was founded on November 13, 1877 and is celebrating its 137th year of promoting animal welfare in Southern California. Originally organized to end the abuse of work horses, the organization, at one point, expanded to include child abuse cases.
The organization is just as progressive today as it was a century ago. Over the decades, spcaLA officers and board members have sought to end cock-fighting and dog-fighting; to replace live pigeons with clay disks at annual skeet shooting tournaments; to pass a law against “indiscriminate vivisection;” to shelter animals; to bring charges against animals abusers; to better the plight of beasts of burden; and to educate the public about proper animal handling and welfare. Humane education has been an integral part of their operations. In the Victorian Era, staff members distributed educational material from the Bands of Mercy, a humane youth network that was very active in the U.S.
A leader in the pack, spcaLA has maintained an animal friendly menu policy for its public events for the last TWENTY years! Director of Communications & Marketing, Ana Bustilloz, noted,
"With so many delicious options out there, why wouldn't we! It is second nature for most people these days, that no one has ever complained about a vegetarian or vegan menu."
For the shelter's annual birthday bash, the Party on the Pier, which is coming up on November 6th, VIP ticket holders will enjoy passed appetizers -- warm hummus, baba ganoush, spinach and artichoke dip, and a variety of tapenades, just to name a few palate pleasers. Guests will also enjoy a decadent dessert tray and of course, the open bar. Even general admission attendees will get their monies worth with unlimited rides on the historic Santa Monica Pier, complimentary popcorn, cotton candy, a glass of wine or beer, AND a veggie dinner from one of the three Pacific Park restaurants. Boy, does the spcaLA know how to throw a fundraiser!
We asked Ana for a few pieces of advice she might have for other shelters or rescues looking to hold fundraisers with animal-friendly menus.
We had fundraiser with Veggie Grill that was really fantastic and successful this past year.
We've found that everyone we've worked is able to accommodate us – all you have to do is ask!
Congrats, spcaLA, on another year making an enormous difference in the lives of animal companions AND farm animals. As a small token of our appreciation, we'd like to shine a spotlight on one deserving critter that is seeking a forever home through the spcaLA. Meet Tippy!
Tippy is a 6-month-old domestic short hair male kitty currently available for adoption. Tippy says,
"I had a bit of a rough start in life but it has not affected my shining personality! I am the whole package: sweet, playful, affectionate, and easy-going. I had a brother who has already found his forever home, so now I am ready for my turn. Please come in and meet me!"
Learn how to adopt Tippy and other animals at scpaLA here.