Dogs may be man's best friend, but the Aiken County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also has a friend in BNG America SRC, a prime contractor at Savannah River Site.
The company recently donated $1,600 to the SPCA for a security system after the facility was burglarized July 31. More than $200 was taken from the petty cash drawer.
"It gives us a sense of security," said Kristina Stoner, the SPCA shelter manager. "We have to come in every day whether we're open for business or not."
The burglars tried to break in through a window in the rear of the building, Ms. Stoner said, pointing to the broken glass in a room where several cats were housed.
The petty cash drawer, which was locked, was pried open with a crowbar, Ms. Stone said.
"This organization does real good work on a shoestring budget," said John Paveglio, the vice president of BNG America SRC.
Mr. Paveglio, who presented the check to Ms. Stoner, is the owner of a dog and five cats. His family got one of their cats from the SPCA two years ago, he said.
Ms. Stoner said Aiken Systems Unlimited is providing the $2,368 security system to the SPCA for $1,600, and Mr. Paveglio's company is paying for it.
The facility, which has been on Wire Road since the 1950s, can house up to 100 cats and dogs.
The recent burglary was not the first time someone has broken into the building, Ms. Stoner said.
The SPCA plans to buy a $600 safe, she said. The organization has received several hundred dollars in contributions from individual donors. That money will be used to buy the safe and repair the windows, Ms. Stoner said. She also would like to get a fire alarm system.
"We're just glad none of our animals were hurt," she said.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the nonprofit can call 648-6863 or mail donations to the Aiken SPCA, 401 Wire Road, Aiken, SC 29801.
Reach Betsy Gilliland at (803) 648-1395, ext. 113, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aiken County SPCA is offering two cats for the price of one this month. The $75 fee includes spaying or neutering costs, microchips and age-appropriate vaccines for the two animals. For more information, call 648-6863.
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