2017
Accomplishments

In 2017 FOTAS, working the Aiken County Animal Shelter staff, saved 4079 dogs and cats through adoptions and transfers.

INCREASED LIVE RELEASE RATE

With the dedication and help of the Aiken County Animal Shelter staff and FOTAS volunteers, the Shelter has increased the live release rate for animals received at the shelter.

In 2009, the live release rate was 9% and in 2017, the live release rate was 83.13%!

55,000 VOLUNTEER  HOURS

FOTAS volunteers donated 55,000 of their valuable time to help save more lives!

New initiatives and new committees continue to ‘grow’ the organization and help the animals.

The bulk of our work falls to the over 300 volunteers who give of their time, resources, skills and ‘heart’ to make the lives of the animals entering the Shelter better and prepare them for a new permanent and loving home.

Our volunteers are the heart of FOTAS and we thank each of you for all you do.

INCREASED ‘GRANTS TO OTHERS” TO REDUCE UNPLANNED LITTERS & INCREASE ADOPTIONS

FOTAS funded 352 spay/neuter surgeries of community cats and pets owned by Aiken County citizens in need of financial assistance

FOTAS and Aiken County, in partnership, fixed 1121 community/feral cats and returned them to the field

Organized 84 out of state transfers with established partner shelters funding incurred foster and transport expenses

Arranged for the donation of a digital x-ray machine and paid for state fees, set up and training of staff

Supplemented adoption fees for 50 Veterans and Active Military Personal

Supplemented the Shelter’s Medical Budget to provide both preventative and rehabilitative medical care for hundreds of animals including treatment of 196 adoptable heartworm positive dogs through FOTAS’ Save a Heart, Have a Heart Program

Paid for flea treatments for hundreds of shelter dogs and cats

Paid for a new anesthesia machine for on-site surgeries

Paid for new air condition unit for cat adoption house

Paid for the grading of all play yards, added cement walkways, added two additional gates and 5 new play yards

Paid for needed commercial dishwasher to properly clean hundreds of food and water bowls on a daily basis

Paid for shelter staff person to attend Aiken Tech Vet Assistant Course

Funded the architectural design, construction, and equipment for the new Medical Isolation and Wellness Building

Set up and maintains an offsite adoption annex at Petsmart Aiken  for shelter adoptable cats

Expanded Social Media

We have continued to expand our presence on social media, with over 7,700 friends “liking” and “following” us on our Facebook page.

We hope you’ll like us too:  facebook.com/fotas.aiken

INCREASED DOG + CAT ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

DOGS PLAYING FOR LIFE PLAY GROUP: After conducting a four day Dogs Playing for Life workshop and training with Aimee Sadler (Executive Officer and founder of Dogs Playing for Life Program) for FOTAS volunteers and Shelter staff, instituted dog play groups five days a week for dogs in adoption and holding. This program has assisted the Shelter in increasing its live release rate.

FOSTER HOMES: Expanded the number of families participating in the Foster Program, increasing life-saving opportunities for kittens, puppies, animals recovering from illness or surgeries, and the Shelter-shocked.

OUTREACH + ADOPTION EVENTS

Participated in monthly outreach activities/events. Aiken Animal Shelter cats & kittens are showcased at PetSmart on a daily basis, with FOTAS providing volunteers assisting.

Other outreach events included participation in the St. John’s Chocolate Festival, “Aiken Standard” Spring Home & Garden Show, Mead Hall Strawberry Festival, Fall Steeplechase, Aiken Memorial Day Parade, Polo Under the Stars, Stable View Hunter Trials, Downtown Monthly at the Visitor’s Center

FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES

Held our 6th Annual Woofstock Family Fun Day Event featuring the Doxie Derby

Held our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament and Helicopter Ball Drop

Evenings at Chili’s and Marco’s Pizza

Continued our Quarterly Newsletter outreach program to past donors and interested supporters