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FoCCAS Board members Laura Clark, Billie Clark, Sarah Miller, Dianne Hill, RosaAnne Nettles, Jessica Cable, Caroline Hooker, Kristen Maurer, and Barbara Smiley  Photo Submitted

FoCCAS Board members Laura Clark, Billie Clark, Sarah Miller, Dianne Hill, RosaAnne Nettles, Jessica Cable, Caroline Hooker, Kristen Maurer, and Barbara Smiley Photo Submitted

The Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) organization has made great strides in granting potential pets within our county another chance at life.

After a resoundingly successful trip to the Animal Welfare Society in North Kennebunk, Maine to save the lives of 17 Colleton County puppies and young dogs in December, FoCCAS is planning another trip on February 15, and members will be transporting puppies, young dogs, and, also, kittens.

In an effort to save the lives of some of the many of the potential pets that routinely find their way into the animal shelter, FoCCAS has arranged foster care for five puppies, five small young dogs, and nine kittens and young cats. These animals would likely be euthanized due to of lack of space if they remain here. FoCCAS President Laura Clark and volunteer Kristen Maurer will again make the 40-hour round trip to Maine over the weekend of February 15.

FoCCAS is coordinating the transport program on behalf of the shelter. Donated funds will pay for the van rental, gas, tolls and meal expenses for the two volunteers who will be driving, as well as the medical expenses for the animals. Monetary donations can be made through PayPal on our website at foccas-sc.org or via checks made out to FoCCAS, 33 Poor Farm Road, Walterboro, SC 29488. FoCCAS hopes to continue the transport on a bi-monthly basis but will need the support of the community.

FoCCAS is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2009, which provides volunteers and fundraising to supplement the Colleton County Animal Shelter in Walterboro, SC. Donations to FoCCAS are tax deductible. Proceeds and donations are used for the needs of the homeless animals at the shelter including bedding, food and medical treatment.

The animals are currently in seven separate foster homes. This helps reduce the risk of illness as well as providing socialization with people, a very important factor in puppy development. Caroline Hooker is one of the foster residents providing pre-travel care for one dog for this trip. In the past, however, she and her family had fostered four dogs. Two of them died. She noted that the deaths were hard on her two children.

FoCCAS held its annual membership meeting on Tuesday, January 29 at the Colleton Museum and Farmers Market. President Laura Clark recapped the many accomplishments of 2012, many of which were unexpected.

FoCCAS held the organization’s first Paws at the Plantation and raised $12,000 for medical equipment ; over 100 spay/neuter surgeries for the adoptable shelter animals; and facilitated over 100 free spay/neuter operations at Charleston Animal Society provided by a one-time donation. Some of the money raised also saved the lives of 17 puppies by transporting them to a shelter in Maine where they were all adopted in 10 days. These projects were not yet underway last January and FoCCAS was thrilled with the opportunities that came forward later in the year.

FoCCAS increased its number of Adopt-A-Thons and adoptions from the shelter this year and hopes to have the community think first about adopting an animal from the shelter. FoCCAS and the animal shelter have been working with several rescue organizations to transfer out shelter animals and are also working on developing a foster program to help socialize adoptable animals. Public relations chairperson, Sarah Miller praised the work of the local media and the dedicated volunteers who spread the word about the great work that FoCCAS is doing. Joining the board for 2013 will be Jessica Cable, Caroline Hooker, Kristen Maurer and Barbara Smiley. Returning board members are Laura Clark, Sarah Miller, Billie Clark, Dianne Hill and RosaAnne Nettles.

Laura Clark lamented the number of animals euthanized in the shelter each year. In 2013, FoCCAS will continue to try to educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their animals, explore ways to make sure more animals get adopted and make Colleton County a more animal friendly community.

FoCCAS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2009 which provides volunteers and fundraising to supplement the Colleton County Animal Shelter in Walterboro, SC. Donations to FoCCAS are tax deductible. Proceeds and donations are used for the needs of the homeless animals at the shelter including bedding, food and medical treatment.