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“Pick Me” state wide animal adoption event to take place Friday-Sunday

For the first time ever, the State of South Carolina has organized a three day animal adoption event to take place this coming weekend. Many different animal shelters across the state will open their door and participate, Colleton County Animal Shelter included.

Funded by the Petco Foundation and organized by No Kill South Carolina, “Pick Me! SC” hopes to find homes for 1,500 of the state’s adoptable companion animals in just three days to, “help decrease unnecessary euthanasia in South Carolina’s shelters and rescues.”

The $94,400 grant generously given by the Petco Foundation will go towards the marketing campaign for this event, in hopes of reaching as many loving, potential adopters as possible
Shelters in each region of the state (Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate) will act as hubs to host other shelters and rescues for this statewide adoption event. Over fifteen shelters and rescues across the state have signed up to participate as hubs, and another six will participate by bringing their adoptable animals to the hubs for adoption. All of the adoptable cats and dogs will be vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped.

According to a state wide organizer, “This is the first time anything like this has been done in South Carolina before. We are looking to send 1,500 pets into loving homes over the three-day weekend. To have so many shelters and rescues participating across the state really shows what we can do together to save lives.”

This incredible event is part of a bigger picture that No Kill South Carolina and the state’s shelters and rescues are working to accomplish – to create “A State of Kind.” In South Carolina alone, there are over 80 brick and mortar shelters, 350 animal welfare organizations and 63,000 companion animals entering these shelters every year. Through the efforts of this initiative and the hard work of these shelters and organizations, intake has decreased by 6 percent, euthanasia has decreased by 30 percent and 12,000 lives have already been saved between 2016. Locally our numbers are much better due to the hard work of animal control employees and Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter volunteers.

In 2018, the goal is to save all of the healthy dogs in the state through eight lifesaving and four humane strategies – all of which can be found at www.NoKillSouthCarolina.org. No Kill South Carolina has been visiting and coaching the state’s shelters about these strategies and helping boost their programs, particularly their spay/neuter, lost and found and adoption programs.

No Kill South Carolina is working to make this initiative as successful as No Kill Charleston, which reached its goal of becoming a no kill community in just one year! It took the backbreaking efforts of Charleston’s shelters and rescues, the help of their supporters and donors and the love of their adopters, who opened the doors to homeless and neglected dogs and cats. Proof that if we all come together, amazing things can happen for our state’s companion animals.

So, if you are in the market for a new family friend, head on over to the Colleton County Animal Shelter (CCAS) and see what fine animals they have who are looking for their furever homes! The CCAS is located at 33 Poor Farm Road. The event will begin on Friday and run through Sunday during the hours of 11 am- 3 pm.


Christie Slocum (540 Posts)