In 2019 FOTAS, working the Aiken County Animal Shelter staff, saved 4,841 dogs and cats
through adoptions, transfers, and community cat TNR programs.


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 2019, the live release rate was 95.43%!



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 our army of 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.


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, funded and organized the spay/neuter surgeries of 1193 TNR community cats and 1249 pets owned by citizens in need of financial help totaling 2,242 animals fixed. FOTAS organized and funded 8 Fido Fixer events during 2019.
  • Organized 103 out of state transfers with established partner shelters funding incurred foster and transport expenses and saved 1,464 dogs and cats in need.
  • Home to Home outreach funding for veterinary expenses and pet food to help keep pets out of shelter.
  • Funded needed renovations in cat adoption facility and irrigation systems for play yards and garden.
  • Funded needed concrete sidewalk, runners, 4 umbrellas in all adoption play yards and 7 sunshades for every play yard.
  • Funded the needed expansion of shelter lobby front desk and added needed shelving
  • Funded needed security fencing for the shelter and 90 security commercial locks for kennels.
  • Supplemented adoption fees for 32 veterans and active military personnel.
  • Supplemented the shelter’s medical budget to provide both preventative and rehabilitative medical care for hundreds of animals including treatment of 250 adoptable heartworm positive dogs through FOTAS’ Save a Heart, Have a Heart Program.
  • Paid for flea and tick treatments for hundreds of adoptable shelter dogs and cats.
  • Set up and maintains offsite adoption annexes at Petsmart Aiken for shelter adoptable cats.
  • Funded and purchased numerous humane runners and dog houses for citizens in need of financial help to get their dogs off chain and comply with Aiken county’s tethering ordinance.
  • Funded soft surgical cones for surgery recovery.
  • Provided toys and blankets for every shelter dog and cat, as well as leashes, collars & interactive feeding toys.
  • Funded leashes and cat carriers for every adopter.
  • Funded 8 needed new cat condo suites for shelter lobby.

Expanded Social Media

We have continued to expand our presence on social media, with over 11,000 friends “liking” and “following” us on our Facebook page.

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


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.


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


  • Held our 8th Annual Woofstock Family Fun Day Event featuring the Doxie Derby
  • Held our 6th Annual Golf Tournament and Helicopter Ball Drop
  • Numerous outside adoption events at local business partners.
  • Continued our Quarterly Newsletter outreach program to past donors and interested supporters