Animal lovers are probably familiar with SICSA, the Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals. The mission of the private, non-profit organization is to promote the welfare of dogs and cats and to nurture the human-animal bond.
Since 1974, the group has been dedicated to helping homeless, stray and unwanted animals throughout the Miami Valley — more than 1,400 annually. SICSA also spays and neuters more than 2,000 dogs and cats each year for families from the community.
The organization’s community relations coordinator Kira Petrykowski said other animal-centered programs and services offered include pet adoptions, pet therapy and humane education such as mini camps, summer camps and birthday parties. With the Classroom Paw-Pack to Go for $100, SICSA will take puppies or kittens to classrooms in the area and deliver a paw-pack of humane education materials for the classroom to keep.
“Though our Junior Volunteer program is currently full, SICSA is always recruiting new adult volunteers,”Petrykowski said.
Members of the community can support SICSA by bringing pets to the SICSA Dog Wash on Saturday, July 20, at SICSA, 2600 Wilmington Ave. in Kettering.
SICSA was honored with the Dayton Better Business Bureau’s 2013 Eclipse Integrity Award, in recognition for ethics, honesty and integrity in the community.
Here’s a partial list of what they need.
• Hot dogs
• Individual snacks and cans of pop (for junior and adult volunteers)
• AA batteries
• Paper towels
• Postage stamps
• Liquid hand soap
• Powder laundry detergent
• Non-clumping cat litter
• Pet beds
• Digital animal thermometers
• Dog and cat harnesses
• Dog shirts and sweaters
• Plastic children’s pool
• Children’s play tunnel
• Letter opener
• Post-it notes
• Portable CD Players
• Ziploc Bags
• Baskets and storage containers
• Window cleaner
• Dawn Dish Soap
• Q-Tips and Cotton Balls
• GPS System for SICSA van
• Lint Rollers
• Paper Towels
• Plastic Buckets
• Reflective Safety Vests
• Storage Containers
• Trash Bags
• Wet/Dry Vacuum
• Aprons from Home Depot or Lowe’s
• Gift certificates from grocery stores, restaurants, movie theaters, etc.
The organization also has a medical donation program wish list that includes gauze, surgical glue, surgical blades, surgical gloves, gowns and masks, surgical instruments and suture material. There are many other items on this surgical list as well that you’ll find on the web site: www.sicsa.org/wish-list
Donations can be dropped off at SICSA from noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The address is 2600 Wilmington Pike, Kettering.
For more information about programs and services, visit SICSA’s website www.sicsa.org or call (937) 294-6505.
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