FoCCAS celebrates its first decade
by The Press and Standard | November 8, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 6, 2019 at 1:01 pm
Friends of Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) celebrated its 10th birthday Sunday.
In 2009, Colleton County government was struggling to generate the revenue to keep the county running through an economic downturn.
In an effort to make ends meet, county officials made cuts in the animal shelter’s budget. To ensure the shelter could continue operating, despite the limited funding, FoCCAS was born.
FoCCAS now supplements the shelter’s budget for emergency and specialized vet care, helps fund spay/neuter surgeries for adoptable animals, provides medicine to treat heartworm-positive dogs, offers community low cost spay/neuter initiatives, and conducts a responsible pet ownership education program, Colleton Animal Commitment Education (CACE) program.
“FoCCAS began with just a handful of dedicated volunteers hoping to make a difference for the animals of Colleton County, and now has over 100 volunteers and even more supporters,” said FoCCAS member Sarah Miller.
Volunteers help at the shelter by socializing with the animals, helping to clean and organize the shelter, and bathing dogs and kittens.
The heartworm and flea prevention team meets twice a month to make sure the dogs have adequate protection.
The pet publicity team takes pictures and advertises shelter pets. Working with the adoption/rescue coordinator, volunteers foster pets in their homes and transport them to meet rescue partners.
Other FoCCAS volunteers fundraise, advertise and organize events in the community.
“FoCCAS is a completely volunteer organization and is always looking for interested individuals,” Miller added.
The 10th Birthday Party was part of the Birthday Fundraiser designed to raise $10,000 to create an indoor adoption area at the shelter and a “catio” (a patio for cats).
Donations for that project have been accepted since June and will continue until the end of year. Donations can be made at www.foccas-sc.org or by calling Miller at 843-635-5206.
The birthday party was held at Dawn Plantation overlooking beautiful landscape along the Ashepoo River. Games such as croquet, cornhole, badminton and horseshoes were played. Each donor to the 10th Birthday Fundraiser received a FoCCAS gift bag, and “Happy Birthday” was sung before cutting the cake.
“I’m so excited to see so many people interested in helping the animals of Colleton County,” Miller said. “Our hosts were extremely generous and the weather was perfect.”
She added, “The adoption area and ‘catio’ will be utilized at the shelter, and I can’t wait to see them in use.”