By GARY WILLOUGHBY
Aiken SPCA executive director
For those of you who enjoy going out to dinner and being able to bring your dog out with you, we’re happy to announce the third Dog Days of Summer to benefit the Aiken SPCA.
This year, the venue has changed, but the purpose is still the same: helping raise funds to feed our dogs and cats while feeding ourselves at the same time.
This year, Rose Hill Estate, one of Aiken’s most treasured and historic destination spots, is offering the Aiken animal-loving community the opportunity to dine out with our pets beginning Wednesday, June 2, and every Wednesday evening thereafter for the duration of the summer.
There also will be a room at Rose Hill dedicated to displaying information and materials about the new shelter project and available naming opportunities for anyone interested in knowing more about it. If you want to purchase a brick or tile in memory or honor of a loved one or pet, you can learn more about it at Rose Hill all summer long. A portion of all proceeds from the Wednesday dinners will go directly to benefit the animals waiting for their permanent homes at the SPCA shelter. And with nearly 200 hungry mouths to feed right now, every little bit helps.
Built in 1900, Rose Hill is the first property in Aiken listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the most originally intact former Winter Colony estate.
If you have visited Rose Hill, you already know it as a quintessential expression of old Aiken and Gilded Age architecture. If you’ve not yet had the chance to enjoy this beautiful Aiken gem, come out and join fellow animal lovers on Wednesday evenings.
Rose Hill Estate is located at 221 Greenville St. in downtown Aiken between Barnwell and Edgefield avenues, just north of Richland Avenue and a little east of Laurens Street. Use the parking lot at rear located at the corner of Greenville and Edgefield.
Dining begins 5 p.m. and will take place in the Beer Garden and courtyard by the Stable Restaurant. Bring your pet. Menu will be casual fare, and no reservations are needed. However, if planning to bring a large group, give the staff a heads up. Call Rose Hill at 648-1181. For more about the SPCA, visit www.aikenspca.org or call 648-6863.
As we enter the beginning of kitten season now, we are in desperate need of canned cat food. Any brand is fine and you are welcome to bring it to the shelter at 401 Wire Road or at our thrift store at 404 Richland Ave. E., whichever is more convenient. We also have donation bins at SuperPetz on Whiskey Road and Boots, Bridles & Britches on Pine Log Road. We are also always in need of Whiskas dry cat food, Pedigree dry dog food and any brand of canned dog food.
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