Category Archives: Adoption

Biscuit is Heartworm Free and Living the Good Life

It is uplifting to see how happy Biscuit is now that he has a home with a family that loves him. This sweet 9-year-old mixed breed is one of those special dogs you never forget. In fact, Dr. Lisa Levy, the Aiken County Animal Shelter’s (ACAS) Veterinarian, said Biscuit is one of her favorite dogs […]

Neglected Puppy Coco Makes Amazing Recovery

In early November, a stray puppy was brought into the Aiken County Animal Shelter by one of the animal control officers. I have seen a lot of neglected dogs enter the shelter but this one instantly brought tears to my eyes. We could all feel her pain. Her face was dripping blood, she had no […]

County Shelter dog Kira was ‘something special and rare’

Maybe the most amazing thing about Kira was how ordinary she seemed at first. A stray Shepherd/Boxer mix brought into the Aiken County Animal Shelter in 2012, she was vulnerable and helpless like so many others coming through the door. Joseph and Brandie Henry, both U.S. Navy veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), saw […]

The Christmas Spirit of Gratitude and Charity

The Christmas season is upon us. It’s a time of festivity, bright lights, family, goodwill, and faith. It’s also a time to count our blessings. As we at FOTAS look back over the past nine years, it’s also a time to reflect upon our profound gratitude for our friends and supporters in the Aiken community. […]

Surrendered Pets Desperately Want to Be Home for Christmas

With more than 1,000 strays and surrendered pets arriving at the shelter over the last two and a half months, there are going to be adoptable animals who get lost in the crowd and take longer to find their forever homes. But here are three hidden gems who will make wonderful companions for you and […]

Reunited by a Microchip — Eight Years Later!

This is a story with a happy ending, one that spans eight years, six states, and a dog named Beanie. In 2010, the Wilson* family found a hungry and scared shepherd puppy on the side of the road. They took her home, fed her, and cleaned her up. They actively searched for her owners, but […]

Doggy Treadmill Works Wonders at the County Shelter

When someone suggested to FOTAS a few months ago that using a doggy treadmill at the Aiken County Animal Shelter would help our shy, scared dogs and overly-energetic dogs to adapt faster, I was skeptical. But when I spoke with Susi Cohen, an amazing dog trainer who helps us with behavioral issues, she was all […]

The Animals Just Keep Coming into the County Shelter

“A record number of animals surrendered to the Aiken County Animal Shelter this month.” We see this headline way too much. The story goes on and on. The shelter staff works tirelessly at warp speed to feed, care for, provide medical attention, and everything else necessary to keep the conveyor belt of overcrowding moving. The […]

Please, Please, Spay or Neuter Your Pet!

Last month, 512 animals were taken in to the Aiken County Animal Shelter. More than 500 strays and surrendered pets in October! It never happens this time of year. We can’t explain it. To tell you the truth, it blows our minds and keeps us up at night. But there it is: after a summer […]

Sweet Rosetta and Polo Deserve Loving Homes of their Own

Rosetta is on a couch, stretched out on her back with her eyes closed as FOTAS Volunteer John Berk simultaneously texts on his phone and rubs her chest. She opens her eyes briefly to gaze up at him, clearly appreciative of the special attention. “You’re a good girl,” Berk says quietly. Rosetta shuts her eyes […]