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Keeping dogs and cats cute is a big job.
A lot of people do a lot of remarkable things in our community. Some teach art to our children. Some pick up litter tossed onto our highways and streets. Others prepare food for those who are less fortunate. And, there are those who lead groups of youth toward better tomorrows. These are all tremendous works, and we are grateful for each and every one.
Among the good-doers of Colleton, however, are a group of people who perform deeds that some of consider unsavory: they care for disregarded animals. We understand that puppies are kitties are cute. But, large groups of them create conditions that become problematic, at best. We’re talking fleas, traveling packs of unruly animals, piles of feces, and starving animals going through public trash. These unwanted actions could be common place in our community if not the efforts of this particular group of people.
Generally, Colleton County has historically had a rather large problem, in terms of disregarded animals being tossed onto our roads. These animals are either hit by vehicles, annoy homeowners as they seek shelter and food, or they become pregnant and have more animals that are also unwanted. This creates a circular problem that has kept stray animals in our community at a high number for many years. Within the last decade, however, the non-profit group called Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter, or FoCCAS, has changed the way this community treats its animals. Volunteers with this group clean our county’s animal shelter, helping to keep it a clean and safe place for animals. This, in turn, helps to lure people there who want to adopt an animal as a pet. This group’s volunteers have also hosted numerous fundraisers throughout the years, with those funds going toward spaying and neutering pets. This is helping to stop that circular problem of unwanted pets having more unwanted pets. The group is teaching our children in our local schools how to properly care for animals. And, they are also working with other states to provide pets to people who would otherwise not have access to an affordable shelter dog or cat.
Their list of small deeds is many. Moreover, FoCCAS is giving solutions to Colleton’s collective animal problem. They are motivated group of people who have gained the respect and acknowledgements of many, including our city’s Mayor and our county’s leaders on County Council.
We would like to say thank you to this group for their vision and their challenging work. Proof of your labors are evident in our community. You are also showing us that a vision to make something better, when combined with hard work and creativity, can turn problems into rewards.
You are a reason, FoCCAS members, that our community is getting better.

Heather Walters (1383 Posts)