FoCASS expresses appreciation for volunteers and supporters
by The Press and Standard | July 6, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm
Volunteers and supporters of the Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) were celebrated at a dinner and awards program at the Colleton Museum on June 26.
“Thank you for all that you’re doing,” said shelter manager Laura Clark. “This would not happen without volunteers willing to give of themselves and who are about the welfare of the animals. I’m proud of the work the shelter is doing.”
Clark described some highlights: The live release rate for Colleton’s homeless dogs for the first six months of 2018 was 82% and cats at 41%, making the average adoption/rescue rate 69%. Before FoCCAS’ participation, the live release rate for animals at the shelter was 11%.
But the price tag is not a small one. Last year FoCCAS spent $32,004 on spay/neuters; $1,658 on CACE, a program to teach elementary students proper pet care; $12,736 on rescue and adoption; and $39,788 to supplement the county budget for the Colleton County Animal Shelter.
The group received $10,000 from Petsmart Charities to vaccinate on in-take at the shelter and $5,000 from Maddie’s Fund to offer large dog runs for volunteers wanting to foster but who do not have a fenced-in yard. FoCCAS earned $5,000 from the annual Walk & Wag and $13,000 from the sold-out Paws at the Plantation. The group also has found a major benefactor in “Going to the Dogs” band, which has donated $30,000 over the last three years.
Volunteers receiving awards included Elena Strauman, All-Around Award; Barbara Burgess, I Can Do That Award; Jodie Mullen, Herding Cats Award; Donna Lamb and son Charlie, In and Out, Out and In Award; Kaye Thomas Gatch, Critter Courier; and Terry O’Quinn, Every Day of the Year Award.
During the business meeting, Elena Strauman was added to the FoCCAS board of directors. The FoCCAS Board consists of Jeannette Neal, Sarah Miller, Shelley Thomas, Barbara Smiley, Billie Clark, Audra Hudson, Scott Brennen and Janice Young. The completely volunteer board donates all money to helping the animals of Colleton County.