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When Disaster Strikes
 Posted: 09/21/17 3:09 PM by Shelly Simmons

You know Greenville County Animal Care as your local animal shelter. You probably don’t know us as a disaster relief center. We partner with several national and regional organizations to assist with disaster relief in times of need. When Hurricane Irma appeared to be headed for the southeast, our team sprang into action.

On a regional level, we have a partnership with Charleston Animal Society.  When they need our aid because their facility is being evacuated or because they are assisting other low-country shelters in evacuating and they contact us for help to move animals from those high-risk areas, we work with them h ...



 
 

 
Clinic
News
Humans Hating Heartworms
 Posted: 08/16/17 4:14 PM by Dr. Karen Cooley

One of the biggest hurdles to building a NO KILL community is heartworm disease.  Since heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, it’s pretty rampant in the Southeast!  25% of dogs entering our shelter are infected with heartworms.  It’s easy to see, we can never be a NO KILL shelter without addressing how we save these dogs and get them adopted. It is a big undertaking not just because it is so common, but because it is so deadly, so expensive, and so time consuming to treat!  The treatment for a 50lb dog even at our cost is about $565 and takes a minimum of 3 months to complete when following the American ...



 
 

 
Foster
News
My Itty Bitty Kitty Journey: Part 2
 Posted: 07/27/17 12:15 PM by Dr. Karen Cooley

I wrote last about how I began my fostering journey with my precious Itty Bitty kitties. I couldn't stop there though, or you would miss some of the amazing, heartwarming things that we accomplished for the love of kitties. As you can see, I am crazy about cats. It didn't take long after I started my job for the shelter staff to figure that out either. Soon, when a kitten was in desperate need of help, I began to be the one people came to. 



 
 

 
Foster
News
My Itty Bitty Kitty Journey: Part 1
 Posted: 07/18/17 3:56 PM by Dr. Karen Cooley

I wanted to share my foster kitty stories with you all so that maybe you would join me in the fun!  I debated about which kitties to start my blog with, and decided to begin where I started my own foster adventure.  I heard that the itty bitty kitties (1 to 2 lb kittens) were most at risk in the shelter at one of our staff meetings.  It broke my heart and led me to seek out how I could help.  I decided to foster because they needed me, but I needed them too.  I saw the side benefit for myself and my 3 kids of always having kittens to enjoy.  When I adopt, my kittens become cats.  I love my cats, but they ...



 
 

 
Foster
News
Finding A Purpose
 Posted: 07/06/17 9:51 PM by Dr. Karen Cooley


I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. I did not plan on or envision myself here at Greenville County Animal Care, though.  I always dreamed of owning my own practice one day, and had my eye set on that for the first 10 years of practice. 



 
 

 
Adoption
News
You Don’t Have to Take Them All…Just One
 Posted: 06/21/17 1:54 PM by Shelly Simmons


One of the most common things people say to me when they run into me at the grocery store or anywhere else I might be before or after work wearing my blue scrubs with my Animal Care logo is, “Oh my, I don’t know how you work there. I would take them all home if I even walked inside!” 

For many people, there is an immediate reaction to feel sad and sorry for animals in shelters, and I get it. They are homeless, and that’s sad. But they are homeless because people aren’t coming into the shelters, looking at them, naturally falling in love with them, and leaving with them. They hold back on the ...



 
 

 
Adoption
News
Who Let the Big Dogs Out? YOU! YOU! YOU! ONLY YOU!
 Posted: 06/08/17 4:41 PM by Shelly Simmons

Growing up, my two sisters and I never had a dog.  We were a cat family.  Well, actually, my parents told us that we did once have a dog when we were all very little.  His name was Mutley and he was a snow white Eskimo Spitz but supposedly so mean he had horns holding up his halo. We were all so traumatized by his reign of terror that we decided to take up kitty cats instead. We didn’t go wrong there. We enjoyed many great feline friends over the years without a single trip to the doctor for stitches or therapy.    

When I turned “adult” and moved out and into my own apartment and sta ...



 
 

 
Clinic
News
When No One Else Will…
 Posted: 05/18/17 9:12 AM by Shelly Simmons


Let me tell you two sad stories.  I am not relaying these stories because I want our readers to be sad, though.  I am sharing them so that our readers will better understand what it is we do at Animal Care to help animals and people, and the challenges we face as we try to build a no-kill community.  Once I tell you about them, I’m hoping that I can get your help sharing these stories and the important message that goes along with them to your friends, family, co-workers, and others.

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, a silver-colored mixed breed puppy came into the shelter with an injury.  The puppy had a stick ...



 
 

 
Adoption
Update
Tails and Trails Funds Second Chance and Kicks off Summer Long Life-Saving Event
 Posted: 05/11/17 9:40 AM by Shelly Simmons


The 3rd annual Tails & Trails 5K Run/Walk to benefit Greenville County Animal Care may be over, but the money raised from this fundraiser will be there for months to come and will help replenish the Second Chance Fund and build a no-kill community in Greenville County. 

Tails & Trails has gone from less than 200 attendees in its first year to nearly 500 attendees in its third year!  We all know the Upstate is flooded with 5K opportunities for our community.  To see that rate of growth for a 5K fundraiser in just three years is almost unheard of; which clearly shows that our community stands be ...



 
 

 
Involvement
Update
Defining No-Kill
 Posted: 03/02/17 4:18 PM by Shelly Simmons


In December 2016, Animal Care announced that we are now in a fellowship with a national organization called Target Zero to aggressively implement recommended strategies that helps decrease shelter intake and increase live release rates with the goal of building and maintaining a “No-Kill Community”.

But what is “No-Kill”?  For the last decade or so, we have all been inundated by the no-kill movement.  If you ask five people on the street, “What does ‘No-Kill’ mean to you?” you’ll get five very different answers. ...



 
 

 


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