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Writer Seeks Help for Animal Shelter
web posted October 11, 2011
How many folks in Edgefield County know where they send their abandoned
dogs and cats? I understand that there are many, many terrific
independent Rescue Groups out there to help find homes for animals.
Some newcomers, may not be aware of the aversion to spaying and
neutering that exists in this area and other parts of the south. It
continues to cause a huge population of abandoned dogs and cats in SC.
However, the majority of the Edgefield County dogs and cats, through
contract, end up in the Aiken County Animal Shelter. The Shelter is run
by a competent and caring staff and is minimally supported by Aiken and
Edgefield County funds. A fairly new group, Friends of the Aiken Animal
Shelter or fotas as it is known, have stepped in to try to help this
overcrowded, poorly structured, old facility and its inhabitants. (www.fotasaiken.org)
Yes, the County Shelter euthanizes animals, to the tune of over 5000 a
year! Do they want to--no. But they must accept every animal dropped
off at their Wire Rd Aiken facility. Unlike the city of Aiken, who
contracts with and supports the next door Aiken SPCA that takes in 1/4
of the animals that the County facility does, they have no choice.
The facility was built to handle 100 animals. Cages are shared by many,
many animals. Those that survive and don’t get adopted quickly, shipped
out to a northern shelter willing to help out or die from disease they
may have caught in the overcrowded facility, are put down with kindness
and caring after one week.
article and consider them when you are writing checks for
donations or feel a need to volunteer your time. Keep your good hearts
open and also consider helping the dogs and cats in your own backyard
who need a healthy place to stay while waiting for their forever home.
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