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Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter holds annual meeting and elections

2020 FoCCAS Board Members Left to Right: Sarah Miller, Shannon Myers, Billy Clark, Audra Hudson, Linda Lamb, Janice Young, Jeanette Neal, and Barbara Burgess.

Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) held their annual meeting and elections this past week at the Colleton County Farmers Market. After a nice 30 minute reception, the meeting got underway. They started by showing where all of their money came from over the past year. A total of $95,643 was brought in over the past year from various sources, including donations, memorials, matching funds, memberships, and fundraisers. The non- profit organization also showed how much they spent over the past year. A total of $87,810 was spent on supplementing the budget at the Colleton County Animal Shelter, fostering, the spay and neuter program and the Colleton Animal Commitment Education Program (CACE).
During 2019, FoCCAS held Paws at the Plantation, the Rice Festival Dog Show, Walk & Wag, the Howl-O-Ween Extravaganza, and the Ten Year Old Birthday Pawty! They also continued with the CACE program, had some locals featured on Animal ER Live, got a retired police vehicle to use, which is very visible in the community. They also continue to hold Cat-A-Thons as well as special adoption days for dogs.
A report was given from the Colleton County Animal Shelter on their numbers from the past year. Last year, 1,159 animals found their way to the shelter. 43.5% of them were five months old or younger, proving we need to do better at getting our existing animals altered. The shelter was also happy to report a high live release percentage despite all the rumors that still get spread around the area.
One of the main things FoCCAS can never have enough of is volunteers. It was discussed all the ways folks could consider becoming a volunteer. FoCCAS would like folks to become a foster or sign up transport animals from one place to another. They could also use some folks to help write. Thank you notes, send mailings, data entry, update adopt-a-boards around town or take photos of adoptable animals. If you want to spend time with the animals at the shelter, they would love to have folks help walk dogs or work for playgroups. They even need help with cat socialization. There is always somewhere you can help if you are just willing.
New or re-elected to the board this term was Jeanette Neal as President, Elena Strauman, as Vice President of the Shelter side, Linda Lamb as Treasurer and Shannon Myers as Board Member. If you would like to learn more about how to become part of this organization, check out their web page at www.foccas-sc.org

Christie Slocum (579 Posts)