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15 Jul 2019

We Did It! 1,556 Adoptions!

Pick Me! SC set an all-time adoption record July 12 – 14 with 1,556 animals adopted across South Carolina. “We are overwhelmed by the joy we saw in shelters and Petco stores across the state,” said No Kill South Carolina Director, Abigail Appleton Kamleiter. “Animal lovers came out by the thousands across our state to adopt animals in their communities. It shows how much people in our state truly care.”

This was the second year for Pick Me! SC – and adoption numbers grew by 31%. The statewide adoption event is sponsored by the Petco Foundation, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers, and organized by No Kill South Carolina (NKSC). The goal was to save 1,500 lives through adoptions in just one weekend. Most shelters and adoption centers offered “no-fee” or “low-fee” adoptions as part of this lifesaving event. NKSC is a program of Charleston Animal Society.

Adoption numbers at shelters were amazing. Statistics show adoption rates were up across the state compared to this same weekend in July 2018 (summer is typically the most challenging time of year for animal shelters):
• Greenville County Animal Care: UP 428%
• Columbia Animal Services: UP 417%
• SPCA Albrecht Center (Aiken): UP 220%
• Dorchester PAWS: UP 219%
• Charleston Animal Society: UP 81%
• Anderson County Paws: UP 43%

Petco Partnership
We’re proud to support this lifesaving event, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “When we all work together to save animal lives, we get one step closer to creating a lifesaving nation.” Petco stores across South Carolina hosted animal welfare organizations to reach even more potential adopters.

Awareness Grows for Shelters and Rescues
Many people who adopted at Pick Me! SC shared that they had never visited their local shelter before the Pick Me! SC weekend. Organizers hope people will continue to see the value that shelters bring to their individual communities.

Please remember to visit your local rescue or shelter for your next furry friend. Petco locations across the country also host monthly national adoption event weekends and some have pets available for adoption every day from local shelters and rescue organizations. For more information, visit PickMeSC.com.

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Based in Manhattan Beach, California, Skechers (NYSE:SKX) designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. Skechers footwear is available in the United States and over 170 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 3,060 Skechers Company-owned and third-party-owned retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, Israel and Mexico, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, India, and throughout Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

29 May 2019

Petco Stores Participating in Pick Me! SC

Petco Stores across South Carolina are opening their doors for Pick Me! SC. Shelters and rescues will bring their animals available for adoption to the various Petco locations July 12-14. Here is a list of participating stores by region:

UPSTATE

  • Seneca: 13390 Clemson Blvd, Clemson, SC 29678 (Oconee Humane Society)
  • Greenville: 3270 N Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC 29609 (Greenville County Animal Care: CATS)
  • Greenville: 1140 Woodruff Road, Ste 401 Greenville, SC 29607 (Feline Lifeline)
  • Simpsonville: 353 Harrison Bridge Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29680 (Feline Lifeline)
  • Spartanburg: 1931 East Main Street Ste. D, Spartanburg, SC 29307 (Critter Connections and Fight Like a Champ)

PEE-DEE

  • Myrtle Beach / Surfside: 160 Sayebrook Parkway Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 (All 4 Paws)
  • North Myrtle Beach: 596 Hwy 17 North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 (The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach)
  • Pawleys Island: 10225 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 (All 4 Paws)
  • Sumter: 1265 Broad Street, Sumter, SC 29150 (Windy Reach Rescue)

MIDLANDS

  • Lexington: 5438 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072 (Pawmetto Lifeline: CATS)
  • Aiken: 251 Fabian Drive, Aiken, SC 29803 (McCormick County Humane Society, SPCA Albrecht Center)

LOWCOUNTRY

  • West Ashley: 975 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407 (Charleston Animal Society)
  • North Charleston: 7400 Rivers Ave., Suite Z North Charleston, SC 29406 (Charleston Animal Society)
  • Summerville: 1101 N. Main St Summerville, SC 29483 (Lowcountry Animal Rescue DOGS)
  • Bluffton: 1015 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29910 (Jasper Animal Rescue Mission)
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.