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Home Alone: How to reduce stress for pets when you head back to work
 Posted: 06/01/20 2:09 PM by Shelly Simmons

As more people begin to return to work, we’re all making some quick lifestyle adjustments. Our pets need some help transitioning too!

Try these tips to get dogs prepared for a little more alone time once again: 

  • Create a safe, comfortable place where they can have peaceful, relaxing alone time. This could be a crate or separate room, just make sure it’s the quietest part of the house. Check out our Crate Training Guide
  • Provide them with enrichment



 
 

 
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Call to Keep Animals at Home
 Posted: 03/29/20 9:11 AM by Shelly Simmons

If I have learned one thing from working in an animal shelter for 24 years, it is that animal care professionals know how to deal with disaster. Animal sheltering is a series of minor and major crises day after day after day. I cannot remember the last time I came home from work and told my family that I had a boring, ho-hum kind of day. It just does not happen that way in our line of work.

Daily life in an animal shelter teaches us to always be tough, be prepared, never expect the same thing to happen again in the same way, adapt quickly, and embrace change. Personally, I love fixing problems (and animals). So, after 24 years, I s ...



 
 

 
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You Can't Put A Price on Your Best Friend
 Posted: 10/18/18 8:58 PM by Paula Church

Fee-waived adoptionI remember playing with a bunch of neighborhood kids one day back in my childhood, when suddenly this one kid comes running up to everyone yelling “Hey – someone is selling a puppy for free down the street!” We immediately followed him to the spot where a woman had a (really cute) mixed breed puppy - the last one from an unwanted litter. While I have no idea how many were in the litter or in what type of homes they ended up, I do know this free puppy became the pet of my f ...



 
 

 
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A Day in the Life of an Animal Rescue Coordinator
 Posted: 09/12/18 9:11 AM by Andrea Sams

My name is Andrea Sams and I am an Animal Rescue Coordinator. I’ve been called on to help cats out of trees, rescue baby birds that fell out of nests, catch farm animals who wandered out onto the highway, and much more. But that’s not what I do. In a nutshell, I’m responsible for recruiting and managing relationships with our dog adoption partners, most who are privately run animal rescue groups, and coordinating with them to speed u ...



 
 

 
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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 ...



 
 

 
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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 ...



 
 

 
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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 ...



 
 

 


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