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FoCCAS holds annual meeting, announces major award

Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter has had a very busy year for the animals. Through their hard work they took in right over $ 40,000 between donations, memorials, memberships and grants. On the flip side they spent over $ 70,000 on Colleton County’s unwanted or lost animals this past year by providing medications, surgeries, starting a community cat program and providing community education to students across the county. They were also happy to report their live release rate is now at 64% which is a huge improvement from six years ago when it was at just 11%, proving further their work in Colleton County is making a difference.

Some may wonder how FoCCAS raises money to care for all of the animals. In the past year, the non-profit group held “Paws at the Plantation” and raised $ 10,000. This event is unique as it is held on a rotation of local plantations and allows folks to mingle along silent auction items, listen to a live band and enjoy delicious food. The group also held a poker run that was organized by Pat and Joyce Catterton bringing in another $ 1,000 for the animals.

The Rice Festival Dog Show is always a hit with festival goers and their pets. This year it raised $ 300. “Walk and Wag” is another growing event. This year the event, which is held in the county parking lot, brought animal lovers out to raise $ 3,500. Stegall’s Auction House held another successful “Going to the Dogs Chili Cook-Off” with the help of Scott Brennen. The chili and hotdogs were once again a hit and between the cook-off, car show, costume contest and auction brought in around $ 3,000.

FoCCAS has a good bit of community support, not only through the county residents but also with several local businesses.

Folks like Gudrun Kaiser offered her dog training skills, Colleton County High School Student Council, Cam Willis of Coast Pain Care donated $ 2,000, Treasure Chest Gold offers gold plated milk bones year round and also has a new jewelry line which donates to the animals, Harriett Dodd for Pearls for Pearl and Tractor Supply donated $ 1,000 gift certificate. People who shop on Amazon have signed up for Amazonsmile which gives back to FoCCAS, Petco donated several car loads of supplies, Towns Mardell donated his 3rd birthday presents and the Waltz family gave gifts to the shelter rather than each other. Pets were taken to the Veterans Victory House to visit. Walterboro Cruisers held monthly car shows at Dukes BBQ and the Rice Festival car show giving all donations to FoCCAS. The group thanks an endless list of volunteers including Audra Hudson, who frequently washes dogs before they leave the shelter, Dr. Lori Campbell who offers her time and expertise and the Salkehatchie Men’s Basketball team that moved kennels to make more room for more animals.

Colleton County Animals still needs more volunteers. They could use help with their spay/neuter transport, the Colleton Animal Commitment Education Program, rescue transports, foster homes and the community cat program. If you would like to learn more about volunteering in any of these areas, please contact FoCCAS at www.foccas-sc.org or message them on Facebook.
The 2018 board was also announced at the meeting and is as follows:

President Jeannette Neal
VP Public Relations Sarah Miller
VP Shelter Relations Shelley Thomas
Secretary Billie Clark
Treasurer Barbara Smiley
Director Audra Hudson
Director Scott Brennen
Director Janice Young

It was also announced at the meeting the group had been named SCAV Humanitarian of the Year for 2017, a highly coveted award given out by the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. Dr, Rebecca Morrison Hughes sent a letter to the SCAV nominating FoCCAS “because they have been giving invaluable aid to the shelter since their group became a recognized non-profit organization in 2009.” Dr Hughes went on to say “these most recent years have seen the hard work they do shine in ways only a successful and dedicated organization could. They are rock solid in their mission and determination to help provide for the unwanted, lost and homeless pets of Colleton County.” The nomination letter showcased how the volunteer based organization began and all the work they have done for the animals. For their efforts the group received a plaque and the recognition they so deserve.

Christie Slocum (503 Posts)