Dear friends and supporters of our county shelter,

We have a lot to celebrate right now, all because of you. Think about it.

When we gave the FATZ manager a check to cover the 193 breakfasts we put out together last Saturday, he said, “You are the only breakfast we do in June.”

We have you to thank for that distinction. After all of the benefit breakfasts we have celebrated together, it is almost like a family reunion. We received notes and checks from those who would have liked to be there, but were on vacation along with most of Aiken!

Take a drive up Wire Road to the corner of May Royal and see the emergent outlines of the new Aiken County Animal Shelter on our lovely wooded lot. All three wings are framed and there’s a roof on the adoption wing. The floors will be poured next month. It’s not hard to imagine how fine a facility it will be, thanks to you. There is still time to immortalize an animal-loving loved one, or beloved pet, with your contributions.

You are the citizens of Aiken County, with friends and loved ones all over the state, the country, and even the world. You know how important it is to you to have a community shelter that can serve the public and still provide for the helpless creatures that fall into its care.

Our elected officials have heard you, too. County Council continues to join us in support of an adequately furnished, adequately funded, and adequately staffed facility in which we can all take pride. The partnership between FOTAS and the county continues strengthen as we join our commitments and combine our resources to do the right thing right, so we only have to do it once.

It is because of you that the FOTAS Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) continues to move forward. Our partnership with the SPCA Albrecht Center and County Animal Services continues its work in the Valley and Wagener. As funds become available we hope to expand to other centers throughout the county. So far, hundreds of pets and feral cats have been altered, resulting in thousands fewer unwanted kittens and puppies.

Yes, dear friends and supporters, we can take pride in how far we have come, but please, please do not think we can afford to rest. Not yet.

For instance, we were so elated last week at the turn-out for the FATZ breakfast for the shelter Catz. Tipz were abundant, though no catz were adopted. Then we found out that, while we breakfasted, 31 cats came into the shelter! The cat intake was one hundred just last week! Please spread the word: “9 Lives for $9,” adult cats are $9 this week only.

Please continue your support of the “Fit, Furnish, and Finish” fund for the new shelter. Please help SNAP continue to grow. Please give and give some more to our community shelter programs: adoption readiness, foster care, fundraising, and spay-neuter. Together we can make a huge difference. Thanks to you; because of you!

FOTAS volunteers work with the Aiken County Animal Shelter, 411 Wire Road. For more information, contact or visit

Aiken County Animal Shelter: “By the Numbers”

June 10-16

Brought in: 74 dogs and 100 cats!!

Adopted: 16 dogs and 2 cats

Put down: 49 dogs and 79 cats!

Aiken County Shelter “Pets of the Week!”

CALLIE – 1 yr. Soft and cuddly muted beauty, a lot of kitty for only $9 this week.

SOPHIE – 1.5 yr. shepherd mix. As sweet as she is lovely! A special deal at half price: $35

*All adoption fees include: Spay/Neuter, heartworm test, all shots, worming, and microchip.