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06 Dec 2019

South Carolina Animals in Crisis!

Just as the Holidays approach, there is an emergency in animal shelters across South Carolina. Every region in our state is facing unprecedented overcrowding, leaving some shelters considering the euthanasia of healthy animals to make space.

Never at this time of year have the lives of so many animals been threatened due to the lack of homes. Animal shelters across the state are asking people to open their hearts and their homes before it’s too late for hundreds of cats and dogs.

Charleston Animal Society, the state’s first and oldest animal organization, is launching an emergency adoption campaign across the entire state through the organization’s No Kill South Carolina program.

“We have never seen this level of severe overcrowding of homeless animals at this time of year,” said Joe Elmore, President and CEO of Charleston Animal Society. “It’s as if we are being threatened by a major hurricane; our brothers and sisters across the state are desperate and we need the help of all South Carolinians. This is not a fundraising issue; it is a lifesaving issue.”

PEOPLE ARE URGED TO ADOPT! CAN YOU MAKE ROOM FOR ONE MORE?

If you or someone you know are looking to adopt a pet, there’s never been a more critical time to do so. People are asked to go to www.PickMeSC.com where No Kill South Carolina has compiled a list of shelters in crisis. All of the shelters listed are offering free or low-fee adoptions through January 1st.

The list at www.PickMeSC.com will continually be updated, so check back often and please spread the word through social media and your personal relationships with animal lovers.

28 May 2019

Getting Ready for a Dog Adoption

On the Day of the Adoption

When you come to one of the Pick Me! SC adoption sites, remember to bring a leash for your new pet. You will also want to have food and water bowls for food and water ready at your house, and if you want to “crate train” your dog, be sure to get a crate. Toys, treats, and love are a great combination to help your new dog to adjust to the new environment.Some of the adoption sites may have these items available for sale, but you may want to call ahead to be sure.

Here are other great resources from Petco!

Picking the Right Dog

Loyal and loving, dogs are social animals who thrive on being upstanding members of their families.

    • If there are young children in your home, a puppy may not be your best bet. You may want to consider adopting a medium-sized dog over five months of age.
    • It is a good idea to draw up a schedule of who in the family will help with the care of your new dog, including walking, playing, feeding and grooming.
    • Don’t forget to have your new friend spayed or neutered.

Getting Ready for a Dog Adoption

Whether it’s tightly sealing your garbage cans or paying attention to dangerous decorations during the holidays, you’ll need to make your home safe before adopting. That includes keeping toxic foods, pet-unfriendly plants and dangerous household items out of paw’s reach. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home to welcome a new canine or feline companion.

  • Put a cozy bed for your pet in every room. Pets are much more likely to keep off of furniture if they have attractive alternatives.
  • Avoid vertical blinds, pooling drapery, ornate tassels and long cords that can become strangulation hazards.
  • It may be a good idea to roll up and store decorative rugs until your new dog is fully house-trained.
  • Provide your new cat with a variety of scratching posts and perches.
  • Use dog crates and gates to confine your new dog when home alone until his house manners earn him unsupervised freedom.
  • Provide plenty of “legal” things for your dog to chew. If he has attractive toys and bones of his own, he’ll be much less likely to gnaw on your things!
  • Check to make sure that plants in and around your home are not poisonous to pets.

For more information about caring for your new pet, please visit the ASPCA’s Dog Care section of their website.

This Article Courtesy of ASPCA.

27 May 2019

Getting Ready for a Cat Adoption

On the Day of the Adoption

When you come to one of the Pick Me! SC adoption sites, remember to bring a carrier for your new pet. You will also want to have food and water bowls, litter and litterboxes ready at your house. Toys, cat trees, treats, and love are a great combination to help your new cat to adjust to the new environment. Some of the adoption sites will have these items available for sale, but you may want to call ahead to be sure. 

Here are some other great resources from Petco:

Adopting a Cat

When adopting, you are making a commitment to care for an animal for the rest of his life—that could mean 10 to 15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for cats. As you go through lifestyle changes such as moves, the birth of children and new jobs, your animal will remain a permanent part of your life. If circumstances change, will you still be able to care for your pet?

Picking the Right Cat for You

Cats are known to be graceful, athletic, playful, sensitive and affectionate.

  • Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat.
  • Cats can be very independent. Make sure everyone knows that the fun begins only after the cat feels safe and her needs are met.
  • Once you’re sure everyone is ready for feeding, litter changing and grooming, you can divvy up chores among family members so everyone is prepared to care for kitty before she arrives.
  • As with dogs, it’s important to have your new feline friend spayed or neutered.
  • Put a cozy bed for your pet in every room. Pets are much more likely to keep off of furniture if they have attractive alternatives.
  • If you have a cat, try putting double-sided sticky tape or upside-down carpet runners on furniture to discourage her from scratching.
  • Avoid vertical blinds, pooling drapery, ornate tassels and long cords that can become strangulation hazards.
  • If you have cats, be sure to install high-quality metal screens on all windows.
  • Provide your new cat with a variety of scratching posts and perches.
  • Check to make sure that plants in and around your home are not poisonous to pets.

This article is courtesy of ASPCA.