SPCA fund provides pet care for families in economic crisis


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At the SPCA of Brevard in Titusville, media specialist Susan Naylor interacts with 14 year-old Buddy, who is blind and deaf and waiting for a loving home to live out his remaining days in the care of a loving family.

Dan Reigada

When a Brevard County family falls into hard economic times, all suffer, even pets, who many consider to be family members.

But some find a rescuing angel at the SPCA of Brevard in Titusville through its Angel Fund and Community Pet Project. These efforts help low-income families keep pets, rather than endure the heartbreak of surrendering them to a shelter or see them go without care.

The funds are in addition to the low-cost veterinary care already provided by the SPCA Clinic.

The Angel Fund is privately funded and in need of donations.

“People donate pet food and we appreciate it,” said Susan Naylor, an SPCA media specialist. “But finances are harder to come by.”

Still, the SPCA helps whenever it can.

“A local family with three dogs — Dog, Bear and Rowdy — is currently experiencing homelessness. We keep the dogs up to date with vaccines and provide food for them,” Naylor said. “When Coco Chanel, a small mixed dog in a homeless family, needed spaying, that was funded, as is her food.”

Seniors struggling on limited incomes also receive help for their pets.

Feral cats have not been forgotten. A Community Cat Redemption Fund is used for their spaying and neutering.

Although greater numbers of pets have been adopted during the coronavirus pandemic, many wait at the SPCA to make an addition to a family. The pets can be viewed online or visited at the shelter.

The SPCA of Brevard is at 6035 Sisson Road in Titusville.

For information about pet assistance, donating or adoption, call 321-567-3415 or go to spcabrevard.com.