On March 4th of this year, we opened another SNAP project in the Valley with the help of the Burnettown Mayor’s Office and the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. We had such an overwhelming response in Wagener that we thought the Burnettown operation would follow suit.
The Wagener Program launched on August 1st last year and within two days we had enough animals enrolled to fill three large transports. The participation exhausted the grant with Pawmetto Lifeline in Columbia in three trips. Thank God for the generosity of the SPCA who picked up the program and enabled us to fix nearly 200 animals by the holidays.
Once the SPCA’s new Albrecht Center opened its high-capacity spay/neuter clinic on Willow Run Road, we had high hopes for SNAP to branch out to targeted areas throughout the county.
Chief Enforcement Officer Bobby Arthurs and his staff help target trouble spots with high numbers of strays and unwanted litters. The Valley qualified.
Understanding that we are trying to raise the funds to fit, furnish and finish the new county shelter, the SPCA has again been hugely generous with its resources. Already, they have allotted 75 surgeries for the program.
The Valley SNAP needs more help. Although the program opened officially on March 4th, we have had trouble finding an effective means to communicate with Valley residents who need assistance to fix their pets. We are delighted to have spayed or neutered 28 dogs and 15 cats to date, but we were hoping to do that many by April 1st. We need more help.
The process is quite simple. If you or someone you know needs help getting your animals fixed, here are the steps:
- Go to Burnettown Municipal Building (Town Hall) and sign up;
- Fill out an enrollment form that tells us species, gender and a few pertinent facts.
- Wait to be called for a surgery date; and,
- Bring your animal to Burnettown Hall, or take it to the SPCA yourself (you must be enrolled to qualify).
It costs $15 for the surgery and another $5 for a rabies shot if it is not current. That’s it.
We also are looking for a local resident to volunteer with the administrative tasks: making calls, on-site registration and loading. You will get to meet the celebrity Herbie Brown who has been drafted by SNAP to transport participants.
FOTAS is profoundly grateful to the SPCA Albrecht Center, and we appreciate those who have already participated, or have given to this effort in other ways. We cannot build enough shelters. We cannot re-home enough animals. We have got to pool our time and resources and make SNAP, and equivalent efforts, WORK.
FOTAS Volunteers work with the AIKEN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER, 411 Wire Road. For more information, contact “firstname.lastname@example.org” or visit FOTAS on line at www.fotasaiken.org.
Aiken County Animal Shelter: “By the Numbers”
May 6th thru 12th, 2013
Brought in: 81 dogs and 50 cats
Adopted: 6 dogs and 6 cats
Put down: 26 dogs and 78 cats!
Aiken County Shelter “Pets of the Week!” HALF PRICE!!
CAREN – 2yr Bull Terrier mix. Right out of the Little Rascals.
42 lbs of fun HALF PRICE! $35
BAXTER – A silver baby with big blue eyes! If someone gets him first, there are more kittens! Only $35