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Paws Event Goers have “Dog-Gone” Good Time

Scott Brennan played the night away with the Going to the Dogs Band. Photo by Christie Slocum

By Christie Slocum

About 175 people attended this year’s annual Paws at the Plantation, a fundraising and awareness event for Colleton County’s animals. The sixth annual event was sponsored by Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS), a volunteer-based group that helps animals at the county’s animal shelter.
This year, the event raised $10,000. Money raised will help the group meet their three goals for this year. On its top list of priorities 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 county through their growing foster, adoption and rescue program.
The group is also aiming this year to continue to grow its CACE program, where FoCCAS volunteers educate fourth-graders on the responsibilities of pet ownership. Last year they were able to hold the six week course at three elementary schools. This year, the group has plans to expand the program to Bells Elementary and Hendersonville Elementary. They will also be visiting Bethel United Methodist Church preschool, Black Street Early Childhood, and Colleton Prep Academy’s preschool to start a program for younger children. Over the past year the group has also worked very hard to help Colleton County residents identify their lost pets. Every day volunteers at FoCCAS scan social media sites, such as Facebook, to help owners find their missing and lost furry friends.
Paws at the Plantation was held at the historic White House Plantation, just outside of Walterboro located along Highway 17 in the ACE Basin. The event is around a year in the making, and is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year, offering a band, silent auction items, catered food, and more. “I can not begin to say thank you enough to all of the people who come together for the animals. From donors to volunteers to those who just chose to come out and have a great time, we really appreciate all of your support and this event would not be successful if it were not for the community coming together.” said Sarah Miller, Co-Vice President of FoCCAS and one of the key organizers of the event. Around 20 FoCCAS volunteers spent most of their day Saturday making sure everything was just as perfect as the venue. Once again, Jimmy Fitts did not disappoint as he served his famous barbque and chicken to the event goers. The silent auction really got exciting near the end as bidders stalked the items they wanted making sure they were not outbided.
FoCCAS was formed in 2009. People can continue to support FoCCAS by giving a monetary gift, donating their time, or by dropping any of the group’s wish list items at the Colleton County Animal Shelter. Items needed for the county’s animals include a clothes dryer, a push lawn mower, Iams puppy food, Clorox bleach, Dawn dishwashing liquid and paper towels.
FoCCAS also has a “donate now” tab located on the group’s website, at www.foccas-sc.org.

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