The original Aiken County Animal Shelter was built in 1990 as a result of the government’s responsibility for animal control. It was designed to hold 100 dogs and cats and is obligated to hold each animal for five days. Since 2002, the the Shelter has received over 5000 animals each year and now holds over 200 on a daily basis. The staff is dedicated to do the best possible job of caring for the animals, but the reality is that humane care was impossible with the old facility. There was massive overcrowding. There was no ability to segregate young, sick or old animals. It had no HVAC system or proper ventilation, had inadequate waste management, and open trench drains causing cross contamination. Even though the majority of the animals at the shelter are adoptable, over 92% of these unwanted animals were euthanized each year. The good news is that the number of adoptable animals being saved has increased significantly since 2011. Even though still unacceptable, the number killed has gone down to 82%. Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) has made significant contributions to lowering this number. FOTAS has supported the overall environment at the shelter by creating programs to increase the health and well-being of the animals and people in this very stressful environment


In 2011, FOTAS and Aiken County formed a solid public/private partnership for the betterment of the Aiken County Animal Shelter. Through joint efforts, the new shelter opened on March 24, 2014, at 333 Wire Road, Aiken. The new shelter has adequate space, disease free waste management, and a healthy air system to meet the basic standards of responsible care for the stray and surrendered animals of Aiken County. It is a happy place to showcase the animals, enhance community involvement, and increase adoptions. Let’s show everyone that the residents of Aiken County understand what Mahatma Gandhi so eloquently said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it animals are treated."

Please visit this wonderful facility, adopt an animal, volunteer your time  You will be glad you did.

Current Aiken County Shelter Tour 2012

  FOTAS Contact:
  PO Box 2207
  Aiken SC 29802
Please donate to our ongoing fundraising for the new county animal shelter!  

In addition to County funding, private funds are needed to continue FOTAS' efforts of supplementing the Shelter's resources for care of the animals as well as spay/neuter.
                                                        “Rescue, Adopt, Spay/Neuter & Love!”

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