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Super Thursday

You’re Super Tuesday-ed out and done with delegates. The bloom is off The Bachelor’s final rose, and you are shaking your head at the conflicting and confusing Coronavirus coverage (or my alliteration)? I can help.

What we’re calling Super Thursday is just one day away and you can enjoy it in your own home. It’s the SPCA’s annual “Share the Love” telethon, 6 am to 8 pm, on KSBW 8 and Central Coast ABC. During commercial breaks of your favorite shows, KSBW’s irrepressible meteorologist Gina DeVecchio will introduce heartwarming stories about animals you helped rescue, and they’ll be joined by yours truly, my co-workers and some stinkin’ cute pets.

I’ve already spoken with Gina about making sure it’s gloomy outside this Thursday. We’re looking for the kind of weather that makes people want to stay inside, curled up on the couch with their four-legged friends.

Throughout the day, you’ll learn about everything your local, independent SPCA does for pets, people, and wildlife in Monterey County. Like, our incredible and innovative Ruff Start program which pairs SPCA shelter dogs with Salinas Valley State Prison inmates who provide their training and socialization.  I attended another graduation ceremony just last week and the trainers had me in tears -- once again -- when they shared touching remarks. Well, some tears, but some laughs as well. One of the handlers said he was never good at anything in his life before training our dogs.  “Well, unless you count breaking the law. But, guess I wasn’t even good at that because I got caught.”

Throughout the telethon, we’ll ask you to share your love by donating to make a difference for homeless, abused, and neglected animals in our community and for all our vital services.

Whether you tune in for just a few minutes or several hours, you’ll hear all donations directly benefit animals in our community. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not receive funding from national animal welfare groups. Those funds don’t trickle down to the SPCA. Everything we do is made possible by donors like you.

Please be as generous as you can and know that our animals depend on your kindness for much-deserved second chances.

Funds raised this Thursday make our work possible.  As an open-admission shelter, the SPCA is always caring for animals who need attention prior to adoption. Donations change and save many lives. This past year, we made well more than 1,500 animals who arrived with significant medical and/or behavioral needs, then found new loving homes. Dogs, cats, bunnies, horses, exotic birds and other small pets.

Also, our popular challenge matches are back and will be announced throughout the day, giving opportunities for your donation to be doubled, thanks to generous supporters.

Please tune into KSBW 8 and Central Coast ABC this Thursday from 6 am to 8 pm and know that when you share your love and pick up the phone to donate, you make daily, extraordinary transformations possible. You change animals’ lives and peoples’ lives.