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Help Us Save Them All
 Posted: 11/20/19 2:54 PM by Shelly Simmons

Dear Friends,

This is the most important letter I have ever written in the 12 years that I have been managing Greenville County Animal Care. Please read every word. I am going to tell you just how much your donation makes a difference in the lives of animals and why we need your help even more this coming year.

Since 2016, we have worked so hard together to build a no-kill, animal-loving community. Our goal has been to find homes for 90% or more of the animals in your shelter. In 2019, we have succeeded month after month. I am excited to tell you that we have met our goal this year with a combined life-saving rate of 90.5%! This is an extraordinary victory for animals. Please join us in shouting it from the rooftops and know that your support is what got us here.

Now that we are here, we are not stopping. Saving 90% of our community’s homeless animals is a worthy achievement and I thank you sincerely for doing your part to get us here. But saving lives is not a percentage. It can get more difficult as we become better at solving pet overpopulation.

While the number of homeless animals entering your shelter decreases, the ones who do end up here need more in-depth medical care and attention given to their special needs. They need behavior training, quality-of-life enrichment, and time to heal their physical and emotional wounds. They need us to find them special homes where people understand that they are not just pets. They are living creatures with powerful stories of how people like you working together with people like me can make an incredible difference in their lives. 

We can save the dogs and cats in Greenville County that we have not been able to save before. Be their champion by making a commitment to donate more today than you have before. If you cannot donate more, give what you can and pledge to help another way. We always need volunteers, fosters and adoptive homes. Spread the word. Share this letter with your friends and family and encourage them to join in your efforts and support Greenville County Animal Care. Saving animals is a powerful life experience and every day heroes surround me. You, my friend, are one of them.

My deepest thanks,                                                                          

Shelly Simmons, CAWA
Your Shelter Manager