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FoCCAS paws their way into double digits

The Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) turned ten years old this year and celebrated in style with a birthday party held at Dawn Plantation in Green Pond this past weekend. Event organizers could not have ordered any more perfect weather than Sunday provided as the air was a fresh, crisp fall chill and the sun provided the small amount of warmth needed to provide the perfect temperature for an outdoor party. Board games were set up on each table while frisbee, horseshoes and corn hole was set up across the lawn for folks to play.
All guests had donated towards FoCCAS’s latest project. The non-profit organization set a goal of $10,000 to build an indoor adoption meet and greet area. The area will provide a space for potential adopters to meet the dogs and cats at the shelter. They are also hoping to build a Catio for the shelter cats. The Catio will be an outdoor patio where the shelter cats can experience the outside. All donors will have their names listed at the Colleton County Animal Shelter near the new areas.
When FoCCAS first began, a small group of animal lovers wanted to desperately help the animals that found their way to the Colleton County Animal Shelter. The euthanasia rates were high, and the living conditions were not great. It was very likely if an animal ended up at the shelter they would not make it back out. Over the past ten years, with a lot of volunteers and hard work, the non-profit group has been able to change the live release rate to a no-kill status for dogs. FoCCAS helped get more exposure for the shelter increasing the adoption rate as well as helped form connections with rescue groups across the country to move animals out of our shelter and on to new homes. They started a spay/neuter program and have spent countless hours pushing that information out to the public. They have also started an educational program where they can teach fourth graders across the county about being responsible pet owners. FoCCAS helps offset the cost of animal health care by paying for almost all of the emergency vet bills when animals find themselves in a crisis.
FoCCAS is always looking for new volunteers for various tasks that not necessarily involve with dealing with animals directly. They are also still accepting donations towards their latest project and 10th birthday present. To find out more about how you can get involved or to make a donation contact Sarah Miller at 843-635-5206.

Christie Slocum (556 Posts)