Monthly Archives: February 2016

Yeva, a County Shelter “Hall of Famer” speaks out for the Bully breeds

By Joanna D. Samson, FOTAS Vice President When that nice FOTAS lady, Kathy Jacobs, asked me, Yeva, a stray nobody from no place, to be a spokesperson for my kind, I was proud to be asked, because my kind are the most misunderstood and mistreated breed of the canine world: we are the bully breed […]

Millennials and Gen Xers make volunteer team stronger

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director The core of the FOTAS volunteer team consists of retirees who dedicate their time to help the homeless animals at the Aiken County Animal Shelter (ACAS). Their commitment and hard work helps the shelter function at its optimal level. But recently FOTAS has enjoyed an influx of younger volunteers […]

FOTAS partnership with PetSmart boosts shelter cat adoptions

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director Audie Murphy, Felix, Tiffy, Avalon, Kiki, Pip and Pickles are each in their own cat carrier after being examined, vaccinated, microchipped, and given a final flea treatment. Once the pre-prepared adoption forms and other paperwork is checked over and put into folders by Aiken County Animal Shelter (ACAS) staff […]

Heartworm Positive Dogs Can Be Great, Longtime Companions

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director Most everyone knows heartworms are a threat to dogs, especially in the warm climate of the South. But what many people might not realize is that heartworm disease is seldom a death sentence. In fact, dogs with this condition can live happy, high quality lives as long as they […]

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Why you should spay or neuter your pet

By Joanna D. Samson, Vice President, FOTAS Last year, 4800 animals passed through the door of the Aiken County Animal Shelter. 3000 of those animals were saved. 1800 did not leave the Shelter alive. The vast majority of these animals did nothing wrong. They were victims of owners who brought them into this world and […]

Free Training Session Included with Every ACAS Dog Adoption

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director Susi Cohen comes with every dog adoption at the Aiken County Animal Shelter (ACAS). Or, rather, her expertise and guidance does. As the shelter’s expert dog trainer, she provides a free, private session for everyone who gives an ACAS dog or puppy a forever home. “When dogs leave from […]