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Welcome to Shelter Life at the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

We began as the Oakland SPCA in 1874. Today, the East Bay SPCA includes two animal shelters and three clinics in our community.

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Sunday morning...THIS is shelter life?

It's 11:30 AM on Sunday.
  • There are Girl Scouts, and their parents, in the Community Room receiving service awards for a busy year working at the shelter and bringing donations.
  • There are clients in the hallways considering adoptions.
  • There is a mother crouched down, instructing her young child in how to gently pet an 8 week old just-spayed gray fluffy kitten.
  • A Canine Associate (a staff member who works with dogs) is taking a dog through their "comps." Comps, or compulsories, are mandatory behaviors that a dog must exhibit before being placed up for adoption, and huge reason why our dogs are so great.
This is life in a shelter, or at least our shelter. A gathering place for pet-lovers. A haven for animals looking for homes. A community resource. A place for parent and child to experience the bond of a pet.

I know not all shelters have this kind of activity today. Some aren't even open on Sundays. But I look forward to the day that this is the norm.

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