Forgotten Dogs and Troubled Veterans

By Joanna Dunn Samson, FOTASDirector It is late afternoon at the Aiken County Animal Shelter. Jerry Lyda, a man with curly graying hair and twinkling blue eyes, stands in front of a rangy, muscular boxer crossed with Lord-knows-what-else named Olivia. He is holding up a piece of hot dog in his closed hand. Jerry knows something […]

Where the Money Goes

By Joanna Dunn Samson, FOTAS Director On a sunny day in April, FOTAS volunteers Dottie Grant, Colleen Timmerman and FOTAS board member, Charlie Timmerman, set out on a mission of kindness, practicality and community service: collect 12 dogs of various sizes and breeds from a disabled man in the County and transport them to the […]

Back in Black: the Beauty of a Black Pet

by Joanna Dunn Samson, FOTAS Director Black is the chicest of colors. Coco Chanel once said, “A woman needs just three things; a black dress, a black sweater, and on her arm, a man she loves.” Gianni Versace said, “Black is the quintessence of simplicity and elegance.” The black robes of a judge symbolize morality and justice. […]

It Was a Perfect Day to Howl

Or crow, or yip, or bark, or meow … any communication was just fine.  FOTAS sponsored its third Woofstock event last week… the day was perfect and so was the crowd. At 10:30 am on Saturday, May 3, we turned the new Aiken County Animal Shelter into a festival of which to be proud. Many hands went […]

A New Day — A New Board

What does a retired international businesswoman, a bank president, a veterinarian, and a priest have in common? They all serve on the FOTAS Board of Directors. It took us 3 years to convince Caroline Simonson to join the Board. Caroline was one of the first volunteers recruited by Jennifer Miller in 2009. She devotes 4 mornings a […]