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FoCCAS Pocus: Paws at the Plantation is magical once again

For the eighth consecutive year, Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) raise large funds during “Paws at the Plantation”. Around 175 people attended the annual fundraiser for the local nonprofit group that offers support to the animals of Colleton County. The event brought in right over $11,000 through ticket sales, silent auction, raffles and live auction. Forty silent auction items and several great raffle items including two tickets to see Hootie and the Blowfish in concert kept event goers interested but it was the new live auction that had folks digging deep in their pockets to score big.

The weather was perfect for the outside event which was held at the historic Pineland Plantation. The Going to the Dogs Band played music that kept those in attendance moving to the beat. Jimmy Fitts catered the event serving his famous pulled pork and fried chicken with all the fixings. The desert table was stocked with loads of sweets prepared by several FoCCAS volunteers. Money raised at this year’s event will help the group meet their three goals. On the top of their list is to continue with their ongoing spay and neuter program, continue to educate the public on being responsible pet owners and to continue to save the lives of animals across the country through their growing foster, adoption and rescue program.

According to Sarah Miller, Vice President of Public Relations and Chairperson for Paws at the Plantation, the nonprofit group depends on donations from the public to keep their organization going. Fundraising events like Paws at the Plantation not only helps raise much needed funds but also helps spread the word on what the organization stands for. “FoCCAS looks forward to continuing our work with supporting the Colleton County Animal Shelter as they continue to increase their live release rate with the animals that find themselves at the shelter,” said Miller.

FoCCAS is always looking for help and there are several ways folks can do so. If you shop on Amazon, they would like for you to sign up for Amazon Smile and register under Friends of Colleton County Animal Shelter. A portion of the donations will be sent to FoCCAS. They also have a wish list set up on Amazon and it changes weekly based off of what the shelter currently needs. To find their wish list, go to Amazon.com. Go to Accounts and Lists in the top right corner, then select Find a list or Registry. A new search box will appear on the left side of the page and look for Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter to order your donations. The group is also in need of more foster families. At any given time there are 10-30 dogs and cats being fostered across the county waiting on their freedom ride. Currently, the group needs folks who are willing to foster medium to large dogs. They provide everything the animals would need so there is no cost to the foster. Paws at the Plantation will happen again next year and the group plans to release the location as soon as it has been secured.

Christie Slocum (540 Posts)