On Wednesday, August 22, shelters across South Carolina met at Charleston Animal Society to discuss and finalize details for the upcoming ‘Pick Me! SC’ adoption event on October 5th, 6th and 7th. Funded by the Petco Foundation and organized by No Kill South Carolina, ‘Pick Me! SC’ hopes to find homes for 1,500 of the state’s adoptable companion animals in just three days to, “help decrease unnecessary euthanasia in South Carolina’s shelters and rescues.” The $94,400 grant generously given by the Petco Foundation will go towards the marketing campaign for this event, in hopes of reaching as many loving, potential adopters as possible (www.NoKillSouthCarolina.org).
Shelters in each region of the state (Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate) will act as hubs to host other shelters and rescues for this statewide adoption event. Over fifteen shelters and rescues across the state have signed up to participate as hubs, and another six will participate by bringing their adoptable animals to the hubs for adoption.
The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, a No Kill South Carolina partner and resource center, will be participating as a hub for ‘Pick Me! SC’ and will host neighboring shelters and rescues. All of the adoptable cats and dogs will be vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped. The adoption fees of SPCA adoptable animals will be waived, with some exceptions.
Abigail Kamleiter, No Kill South Carolina’s director states, “This is the first time anything like this has been done in South Carolina before. We are looking to send 1,500 pets into loving homes over the 3-day weekend. To have so many shelters and rescues participating across the state really shows what we can do together to save lives.”
Soon, supporters will be able to visit www.PickMeSC.org (COMING SOON) to search for adoption events in their area. Please ‘like’ the SPCA Albrecht Center and No Kill South Carolina on Facebook for updates regarding when the site will go live. Shelters and rescues interested in participating in this event can visit www.NoKillSouthCarolina.org/Pick-Me-SC for more details and to sign up to participate as either a hub or partner.
This incredible event is part of a bigger picture that No Kill South Carolina and the state’s shelters and rescues are working to accomplish – to create “A State of Kind.” In South Carolina alone, there are over 80 brick and mortar shelters, 350 animal welfare organizations and 63,000 companion animals entering these shelters every year. Through the efforts of this initiative and the hard work of these shelters and organizations, intake has decreased by 6%, euthanasia has decreased by 30% and 12,000 lives have already been saved between 2016 and 2017 (www.CarolinaTails.org).
In 2018, the goal is to save all of the healthy dogs in the state through eight lifesaving and four humane strategies – all of which can be found at www.NoKillSouthCarolina.org. No Kill South Carolina has been visiting and coaching the state’s shelters, including the SPCA Albrecht Center, about these strategies and helping boost their programs, particularly their spay/neuter, lost and found and adoption programs.
Don’t worry, my fellow kitty cat lovers! No Kill South Carolina assures us that felines are a big part of this initiative as well, but have chosen to focus on canines for this initial year. By reaching the canine lifesaving goal, they will be able to bring in more resources to the state and direct those funds to help with treating heart worms and boost TVAR (trap, vaccinate, alter, return) programs.
No Kill South Carolina is working to make this initiative as successful as No Kill Charleston, which reached its goal of becoming a no kill community in just one year! It took the backbreaking efforts of Charleston’s shelters and rescues, the help of their supporters and donors and the love of their adopters, who opened the doors to homeless and neglected dogs and cats. Proof that if we all come together, amazing things can happen for our state’s companion animals.
If Charleston can do it, so can we – together!
SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare: www.LetLoveLive.org
No Kill South Carolina: www.NoKillSouthCarolina.org
Charleston Animal Society: www.CharlestonAnimalSociety.org
Petco Foundation: www.PetcoFoundation.org
Pick Me, SC!: www.PickMeSC.com (COMING SOON)
Claire R. Grimes is the Albrecht Center’s Development Director. She is an Aiken native, but spent some college years in Charleston, graduating from CofC and interning with Charleston Animal Society. She is excited to now be working in the animal welfare field in her hometown and is proud of the community efforts to better the lives of Aiken’s animals. Her family includes her husband, Logan, an adopted black lab, Ozzy, an adopted Siamese mix, Luna, and Claire’s first love, Anakin, a 17-pound rescued Maine Coon mix.