Alaska SPCA

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Rating: 4.7

Average rating from 14 reviews.

(4.7 out of 5, based on 14 reviews)

7309 ARCTIC BOULEVARDANCHORAGE, AK 99518
(907) 440-4736

2543 miles away
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The mission of the Alaska SPCA (AK SPCA) is to help alleviate the pain, suffering and overpopulation of animals in Alaska through prevention rather than destruction, through intervention, rescue and adoption; through education and advocacy about responsible and humane animal care; and through collaborative efforts with other groups, agencies, and individuals who share a similar mission.

The Alaska SPCA has been in existence since 1955, and is dedicated to helping animals in our country’s largest state and challenging climate. Over the years AK SPCA has developed 4 important components:

1. Shelter - Our rescue/adoption shelter is located in an old building, about 2,800 sq. ft, rehabilitated to house approximately 12 dogs and 15 cats, all rescued from the “hit list” at the Anchorage Animal Care and Regulation shelter, or rescued from other locations or sources. The Shelter also has a small office, and humble accommodations for a caretaker. As soon as one or two animals are adopted, our manager goes to the municipal shelter and selects replacements, always looking first at the animals due next for euthanasia. Our rescues often include some of the more difficult challenges, such as the larger dogs, older animals, mixed breeds, animals with a health issue that we can reasonably resolve, or dogs considered to be an aggressive breed who have appropriate temperaments. We have had wonderful success finding loving homes with caring people for all of our dogs. AND WE CAN DO MORE IF WE HAVE MORE ROOM. Every day that goes by is a day that loses loving souls to euthanasia that we could have saved if only we had the room. This is the core reason we have entered this contest, and we ask for your help.

2. Spay-Neuter Clinic - AK SPCA also has a low-cost spay-neuter and shots/microchip clinic that is always busy, with reservations booked weeks in advance, conducting an average of 15-20 spay-neuters a day, and hundreds upon hundreds of shots and microchip implants per year to walk-in clients 6 days a week. The clinic also maintains a large mobile clinic that goes out into the community on special spay-neuter missions, when we have the funding and the additional staffing required to keep it on the road. Thanks to a modest municipal grant this year, “Mobie” went on a special “Fix-A-Feline” mission and spayed or neutered more than 300 cats throughout the community, for free when necessary, and low-cost when possible. Keeping “Mobie” on the road is very costly, but saves thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies from being born.

3. Thrift Shop - The AK SPCA Thrift Shop consists of about 8,500 sq/ ft of retail space with donated merchandise. Our shop underwent significant redecorating and organizational changes this past year, and has become one of Anchorage’s most attractive and popular thrift stores. It is open 6 days a week, and stocks clothes, household items and appliances, furniture, books, some electronics, outer and sports gear, and just about anything you can think of. We are extremely grateful to our donors and customers. A popular new addition to the thrift shop is our “cat house”, an attractive enclosed area at the back of the store with 6 additional cats, available for adoption.

4. Pet Cemetery - The AK SPCA owns a 7-acre pet cemetery located about 75 miles north of Anchorage in a pristine location, visited only by caring owners, Eagles, and an occasional moose or bear. It is the quiet resting place for many beloved dogs, cats, other small companion animals, and even some horses. Wandering thru the gravel pathways of this special place reveals crosses and signs everywhere with loving words of remembrance. The Pet Cemetery is scheduled for a thorough grooming and some replanting in the spring of 2009.

We are grateful to be able to enter the zootoo.org contest, and ask that you give us your support to help improve our shelter and rescue more animals! And if you haven’t visited our web site lately, come and visit at www.alaskaspca.org.

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Reader's Reviews (14)
Emma L.
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Rating: 5

The animals and Employees

posted 5 years ago

The SPCA is great, and has many great animals and employees. The animals have never been mean, or the employees. I really like the SPCA, and hope that it wins the makeover contest.

Pros: They have great service, nice employees, and friendly animals.

Cons: It is very small, and could be a lot bigger

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David N.
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Rating: 5

Great group of people

posted 5 years ago

Out of all of the pet adoption centers I have been to, this group is by far the best. I am a volunteer, and a frequent visitor to hang out with the animals, and I have been impressed time and time again by the staff and other volunteers knowledge about the animals they are caring for but the kindness they display. The facility while aging a bit, is always in very clean condition and very well kept. I really enjoy working with them when I am able, and I enjoy the dogs and cats they work with.

From everything I have seen the SPCA has a very thorough adoption process, this benefits the animals so much, not having to jump from home to home. I can’t speak highly enough about this organization and recommend all to come here first for your Dog and cat adoption needs.

Pros: Great, knowledgable, kind hearted, profetional staff. Amazing placement program, really great animal care.

Cons: Facility is ageing a little

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