Polk County SPCA Provides a Wealth of Good On a Shoestring Budget, LIVINGSTON, February 27, 2008 - Roz Caldwell and Therese Faulhaber are unpaid volunteers who do everything they can to keep the Polk County SPCA in operation. The small one room portable building with a hog wire fence and animal shelters is our local SPCA headquarters. Therese Faulhaber is Certified by the State of Texas as an Animal Control Officer, serves as Coordinator, and is in charge of Programs. Some of the programs are the Pets Under Protection program (P.U.P.P.), Preventing Accidental Litters (P.A.L.), Foster a Baby (F.A.B.). The PUPP program allows you to foster your pet until they place it in a loving forever home. PAL helps people spay or neuter their pets by providing financial assistance. FAB is a program where newborn pets need special care from special people until they are ready to be placed in a forever home. Roz Caldwell serves as director of cruelty investigations. These two women spearhead the difficult task of running the SPCA with a handful of other volunteers.
Polk County SPCA doesn't just care for dogs and cats, they care for all animals, including horses, livestock, cats, dogs, exotic pets like snakes, deer, pet fish, squirrels, raccoons, etc. Roz and Therese both work closely with the Sheriff's Department in uncovering and preventing animal cruelty and neglect in Polk County.
To make matters even more difficult, the Sheriff Department animal shelter will be closing down to make room for expansion of the jail facilities to relieve overcrowding. If you foster a pet, you will be provided all the pet food free of charge to care for your foster pet.
One common misconception about the SPCA is that it's part of a chain of other SPCAs from all over the state with strong financial support.NOT TRUE, each SPCA is independent and is only supported by donations, contributions, volunteers, and fund raisers. Caldwell says it gets annoying when a local person proudly states that they gave a generous donation to the SPCA in Houston when our local SPCA is barely making it.