This is in reply to "SPCA disappoints" (April 29) from a writer disappointed that the SPCA would not help pay her daughter's vet bill.
The SPCA is purely a local organization. It does not have, as some people think, a national parent group that magically dispenses funds as needed.
The SPCA runs its shelter, caring for about 80 animals, on an extremely tight budget. All the nasty, thankless chores are done by a small group of dedicated volunteers who show up daily.
Its only source of funds are member dues, donations and fund-raisers put on by the same volunteers.
Regardless of how deserving requests for help may be and they are numerous the money simply isn't there.
Full capacity is measured by the number of animals that can be adequately cared for, not necessarily by whether there are empty pens
The knock on the SPCA in years past is that they took in more animals than they could adequately care for, and this got them in trouble with Animal Control.
Now they have a more proper balance.
And hooray for Last Hope Cat Kingdom. Good to see them get some well-deserved positive press for all they do.