Local Shelter Hosts Dog Adoption Day | life

The South Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals held its weekly dog ​​adoption day at 2 p.m. on August 28 at its center in Lubbock.

South Plains SPCA is a non-profit organization founded in 2012. Kim Moyers, president of the organization, said its mission is to find dogs forever.

“There was a group of people who started this SPCA here in town,” said Amber Fields, SPCA vice president and adoption coordinator. “They saw a problem with the population, so they started it based on other rescues.”

Being in a college town, Fields said the organization has Texas Tech students and faculty who volunteer, some of whom have adopted dogs.

Fields said there are many concerns about getting a dog as a college student, especially the level of maturity of the students and their ability to be responsible.

“Having a pet in college teaches responsibility, and it helps day-to-day because you always have that companion waiting for you,” Fields said. “I think it’s important to understand how long it takes and that it should be a priority. Students need to make sure they’re ready for pet drop-offs for where they live, making sure that their Flatmates are on board and that their parents are on board when the students return home. Once you finish university, the animal must accompany you.

SPCA board member Aimee Rios said she volunteered at the SPCA as a student at Tech. She said she lived at home, so she attended adoption events and fostered dogs.

Rios said there are benefits to having a dog as a student, especially to support student mental health.

“It was a stress reliever for me,” Rios said. “When I wasn’t doing my homework, I was playing with the dogs. I was saving their lives while studying.”

Rios said she helps with dog vetting, advertising adoption days and the adoption application process.

Moyers said that while they had great student adoptions, they unfortunately also had student returns.

“We have great adopters, but on the other hand, we have some who are left behind as the student moves on with their life,” Moyers said. “Some ended up in animal services and, thanks to microchips, they found their way back to us.

Moyers said if students were going to adopt a dog, they should be willing to commit until the dog dies. She said dogs are not barnyard animals, but rather members of the family.

Moyers said COVID-19 took its toll on the adoption center last year, and since life returned to normal, they’ve been bringing dogs back.

“We closed our adoption center for two months last year,” Moyers said. “When we reopened we had a lot of adoptions. I believe that since people have resumed their lives, we have had a lot of feedback. Our adoption rate has gone down over the past two months, and I think that’s because everyone is back to normal life.

Moyers said the SPCA holds adoption days every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and sometimes has groundbreaking adoption events on Sundays at different locations.

College students attended today’s adoption day. Madelyn Brumley, a second-year education student at Denton, said she just wanted someone to hang out with.

“I’ve always had pets, so it’s nice to have a pet in Lubbock,” Brumley said. “It’s like having an emotional support animal, and they keep you active.”

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