Monthly Archives: April 2016

Play Groups increase quality of life for Aiken County Shelter dogs

By Joanna D. Samson, FOTAS Vice President It’s 9:15 in the morning at the Aiken County Animal Shelter, and two dogs are in the play yard: a female, yellow lab cross named Cheyenne and a young, lanky brindle dog named Hawkeye. Cheyenne and Hawkeye were identified the day before as helper dogs for the morning’s […]

Trap/Neuter/Return: Best Solution for Fixing Community Cat Issues

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Director of Communications With spring kitten season already upon us, now is a good time to become better aware of the County’s Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) feral or community cat program. Two months ago, the Aiken County Council County passed a return to field resolution that made TNR a best management practice. TNR […]

Warm weather increases the dire need for fosters

By Joanna D. Samson, Vice President, FOTAS Spring has come to Aiken early this year. The days are getting longer, the azaleas are out, and everywhere you look, the landscape is awash in vibrant shades of green and splashes of color. It’s the season of rebirth, and most folks embrace the change of season after […]

The Shelter, FOTAS and the case of the scrawny yellow dog

By Joanna D. Samson, FOTAS Vice President. When the Aiken County Animal Control officer picked up the scrawny yellow dog roving the County roads, they were taken aback by his condition. His left eye was damaged. His coat was dull and matted. He had lost patches of hair all over his body, revealing irritated, scabby […]

FOTAS Transfer Program is Vital to Our Mission

FOTAS and Aiken County have developed a network of no-kill rescue facilities in other regions of the Country that are willing and able to take the County’s Animal Shelter dogs, puppies, cats & kittens and place them in forever homes. FOTAS organizes and funds the transport of the transfer animals to the other rescue facilities […]