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FoCCAS gives dog beds to dogs at the shelter

Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) shared in the Christmas spirit this past week as spread cheer to the shelter dogs by giving each kennel a new dog bed. According to Sarah Miller, Vice President of Public Relations for the non- profit organization), the kennels currently had dog beds but they were not in the best of shape. Miller explained the gift in a press release sent to all local media. The press release reads:
“Doesn’t everyone love a good place to sleep? The dogs in the shelter are no exception. In late November, shelter volunteers noticed that the dog beds in the Colleton County Animal Shelter were not as comfortable as Kuranda dog beds. Friends of Colleton County Animal Shelter board members agreed. It was decided that the $1300 donated to the animals during Giving Tuesday would be well-spent on new, more comfortable beds. Laura Clark, shelter manager, had recently raised $700 through her Facebook Birthday Fundraiser and suggested that the money also be used for beds. A generous volunteered offered another $500 towards the beds and FoCCAS allocated the other $1000 to purchase 40 new beds for the dogs at the shelter.
Kuranda is an anodized aluminum bed with heavy duty vinyl. These are almost indestructible and are easy to keep clean. FoCCAS president Jeannette Neal researched several types of beds and consulted with Clark about the best purchase. The old beds were plastic to keep the animals off the floor but few dogs actually used them as beds. “This will keep the dogs off the cold cement floors,” Neal commented, “even though the building is heated, the floors can often be uncomfortable.” The dogs in the medical building will continue to use blankets and stuffed beds.
The shipment arrived on December 21 and eleven shelter volunteers and staff members spent several hours putting them together. Neal thanked “Barbara Burgess who first mentioned the idea of new beds and to all the volunteers who helped assemble the beds in time for Christmas. The dogs at the Colleton County Shelter have a more comfortable place to sleep until they have a home of their own.”
The Colleton County Animal Shelter is now open for adoptions on Saturdays from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. There are lots of cats and dogs. Come out and find your new best friend”.
Miller also wanted to remind Colletonians that although the animals enjoyed receiving their new beds there is always a need for items listed on their Amazon wish list. It is very easy to donate to the shelter thru Amazon. All you have to do is search for “Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter” and select items from their “wish list”. The items will be sent straight to the shelter in as little as two days. FoCCAS is also currently looking for volunteers to assist with their CASE program. This educational program touches every fourth grader in the county. The programs teaches fourth graders about becoming responsible pet owners which leads to less animals ending up in the shelter. Volunteers are needed to assist in the classrooms during the spring. Days and times will vary so please contact FoCCAS for more information on how you can help.
Another way you can make a difference is to help with the loading and unloading of animals on Thursday and Friday mornings when cats and dogs make their way to Ridgeland to be spay or neutered. “Spay Days” is a program where FoCCAS helps provide a low cost spay and/or neuter in partnership with SNAC. Volunteers would need to help the driver with paperwork as pets are dropped off in Walterboro on Thursdays from 7 am to 8 am and when they return on Fridays from 10 am to 11 am. FoCCAS will also be holding their annual meeting and elections on January 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Colleton County Farmers Market. For more information on how you can make a difference contact FoCCAS thru Facebook or by sending an email to [email protected]

Christie Slocum (526 Posts)