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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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.