FOTAS: Aiken County Animal Shelter great example of doing it right | Features

My friend Linda and I recently visited the Aiken County Animal Shelter to drop off donations. We were there just at opening time and received a very warm welcome. I asked Kathy, a FOTAS rep, if we could walk through and watch the dogs and puppies, which she graciously agreed to.

It has been many years since I visited the Aiken County Animal Shelter and I was truly impressed. Even at this early hour the facility was clean and odor free. The animals seemed well fed and even got treats, toys and blankets (except for a little guy who eats his blankets). Taking care of so many animals is no small feat, but it’s obviously very well done here. The employees of the shelter have always had my admiration for their dedication to animals and the public.

I was also excited to see the new addition in progress which will be used for multiple purposes. The Aiken community seems to be more supportive of the safe haven, and I sincerely believe that FOTAS deserves a lot of the credit. In addition to significantly lowering the euthanasia rate, their network with the public – as Kathy was with me – makes a good impression which can only be a positive reflection on the shelter.

Unfortunately, I haven’t found a dog or puppy that I can help with at this time. But I will contact you from time to time in the hope that when I can help, I will do so surely and with pleasure. In the meantime, I’ve made a donation (wish it was more) to help in any way I can.

Thank you all for the incredible work you do. I wish the need for animal shelters would go away, but it’s highly unlikely. It gives me confidence, however, that the Aiken County Animal Shelter is a great example of doing it right.

Refuge in crisis mode

Due to a recent drop in adoptions and no end to its high animal numbers, the Aiken County Animal Shelter is in crisis. Consider adopting a homeless dog or cat from the facility at 333 Wire Road in Aiken. For more information or to see all the animals available, stop by the shelter or visit There are so many wonderful pets in need, now is the best time to adopt and give a shelter animal another chance at a good life.

Their lives are in our hands.

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