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Executive Director’s Blog

  • Farewell Letter from Meredith Ayan

    June 15, 2021
    With my heart full of gratitude, the time has come for me to end my tenure with this incredible organization after 11 years. My last day as Executive Director is June 15th; Beyond that I will remain forever a friend of SPCA International and an animal advocate. To every person who has been involved with …
  • Live Chicks for Sale: An Inhumane Practice

    May 20, 2021
    This time of year, many local Tractor Supply Company stores are selling live chicks. The chain has introduced a new system to house chicks this year at their retail stores throughout the nation. Unfortunately, many customers and even staff members have expressed deep concern for the welfare of the chicks.
  • Pets and Mental Health

    April 7, 2021
    It may seem obvious to long-time pet parents, but pet ownership provides numerous mental health benefits. Amidst the pandemic, more and more people are learning what many of us have long understood – pets boost our wellbeing with their unconditional love, quirky habits and daily needs. They provide emotional support and zero judgement.
  • Senior Pets Still Need Love

    March 23, 2021
    All too often, older dogs and cats are left to languish in shelters, but their maturity and dispositions can make them the right fit for many families. Meredith Ayan, Executive Director, shares her personal commitment to caring for senior pets in her latest blog post.
  • Woman’s Best Friend

    March 11, 2021
    This March, Women’s History Month, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the many women and the organizations they lead on behalf of animals. Seeing incredible women-led organizations all over the world helping animals confirms what these researchers found: the bond between women and animals is strong.
  • Australian Bushfires – One Year Later

    February 22, 2021
    One year after the Australian Bushfires made headlines around the world, SPCA International is celebrating the incredible work our partners have accomplished. Our supporters stood up to help organizations in Australia when they were rescuing scared, hurt and displaced animals in early 2020.
  • February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month

    February 17, 2021
    Spaying and neutering our companion animals may seem commonplace, but it remains the most effective way to prevent animal overpopulation and suffering. In honor of Spay and Neuter Awareness month, SPCA International has committed $100,000 in grants to organizations leading spay and neuter initiatives.
  • A New Shelter for Furry Angels Haven

    January 19, 2021
    This has been an extremely difficult year for everyone, including the animal welfare community. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more essential that SPCA International show up to help solutions-oriented rescue and shelter groups across the globe. Today, I want to share the story of one exceptional group, Furry Angels Haven in Wuhan, China. …
  • Helping Animals in the New Year

    January 1, 2021
    As we enter into a new year, we are all looking for ways to start fresh and make the best of the months to come. For those of us who are animal lovers, our minds often turn to how we can give back to our furry friends across the globe.
  • To You, Loyal Donor

    December 29, 2020
    It would have been so easy for you to decide this year was too difficult to prioritize donations. Instead, you decided to continue giving what you could to animals in need and, in doing so, you made a huge impact. Together, we continue to respond quickly and compassionately to keep animals safe and healthy around …