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“Pick Me” State wide adoption event successful on local level

A truly historic event took place this past weekend as animal shelters across the state joined in to get as many animals out of the shelters as possible. The state set a goal of wanting 1500 animals adopted over the three day event. Although, the state numbers had yet to be published as of this newspapers deadline, the local numbers were in. According to Laura Clark, Shelter Manager for Colleton County, 22 animals were adopted from the Colleton location over the three day event. Of the 22 animals, 12 were dogs, eight were cats, one horse and one chicken both from LEARN Horse Rescue. To put this into perspective, the average number of animal adoptions in Colleton County is 25 monthly. Colleton dogs and cats were adopted at a half rate adoption fee which is a complete win for both animal and new owner, as these animals have been brought up to date on all shots, have been altered to prevent further unwanted litters and have been microchipped.
Clark along with Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) also put out a cry for volunteers to come work various different jobs during the event. The cry was answered with an outpouring of animal loving volunteers who all shared in the goal of getting the animals into the homes of loving families. The volunteers worked shifts doing different jobs such as set up for the event, adoption counselors for cats and dogs, adoption paperwork, clean up and public relations.
“Colleton County Animal Shelter was thrilled to participate in this historic event. This is only the beginning of a turnaround for our county shelter. We had 30 volunteers in addition to the animal control and shelter staff who made this possible. As of October 1st, the shelter will be open on Saturdays from 11 am- 3 pm for adoptions and volunteering. We hope to see more Colletonians at the Colleton County Animal Shelter. Let’s make Colleton KIND for pets!” said Clark on the event and future of the animal shelter. Clark went on to say it is easy to become a volunteer and even easier to adopt a furever friend to add to your family. Before one can volunteer at the shelter, a completed volunteer application needs to be submitted and approved, but this is a very easy process. For more information on how you can volunteer to help the animals of Colleton County email Clark at lclark@colletoncounty.org.

Christie Slocum (540 Posts)