Category Archives: Events

Year of the Dog: FOTAS honors canines with adoption events this Saturday. July 28

Dogs and the experience of adopting them should be celebrated. At least, we think so. That’s why FOTAS, the Aiken County Animal Shelter and Mellow Mushroom are co-hosting Year of the Dog events this Saturday, July 28. According to the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog, a zodiac sign that symbolizes loyalty […]

Introducing Woofstock’s Awesome, Adoptable VIPs

This Saturday, FOTAS is hosting Woofstock, our biggest family event of the year. The celebration will take place at Citizens Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and once again feature many contests, including the Doxie Derby and other canine races and contests. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and pet dogs are […]

A Happy Day in Aiken: The FOTAS Woofstock Doxie Derby Festival Returns

By Joanna D. Samson, FOTAS Vice President and Edie Hubler, FOTAS Board Yikes! What is the world coming to? So many troubles in the world: terrorist attacks in France, nuclear bomb testing in North Korea, chemical attacks in Syria, political marches and protests, screaming “expert” panelists on the news — the list goes on and […]

A happy day in Aiken: The FOTAS Woofstock Festival and Doxie Derby

By Joanna D. Samson, FOTAS Vice President I am, by nature, an optimistic person, but recently my cheery nature has been put to the test. The nastiness of the presidential election is depressing. The violence in the Middle East is escalating. North Carolina pig farms are polluting the environment. Cholera has broken out in Haiti. […]

A happy day in Aiken: The FOTAS Woofstock Festival and Derby

By Joanna D. Samson, FOTAS Vice President I am, by nature, an optimistic person, but recently my cheery nature has been put to the test. The nastiness of the presidential election is depressing. The violence in the Middle East is escalating. North Carolina pig farms are polluting the environment. Cholera has broken out in Haiti. […]

‘Polo Under the Stars’ Raises Thousands for Shelter Animal Needs

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director and Volunteer It was a perfect night for combining fun, excitement, camaraderie and giving to a good cause. On the evening of Friday, October 9, Dennis Freeland and his wife, Janice, hosted “Polo Under the Stars” at their picturesque FireStar Arena, with all of the event’s proceeds going to […]

Playing Fore the Pets Golf Tourney Results in Key Funding for Shelter

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director and Volunteer One thousand yellow golf balls fell from the sky onto a green at Houndslake Country Club late Monday afternoon at the Second Annual Play Fore the Pets Golf Tournament. Wave after wave of dimpled spheres, each numbered to match a ticket issued for a $10 donation, poured […]

Young FOTAS Volunteers Making a Difference at County Animal Shelter

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director and Volunteer On Diana Haltiwanger‘s tenth birthday, she did something unusual to celebrate the big day. She took her birthday money as well as food, leashes, toys and other treats to the Aiken County Animal Shelter and personally delivered the generous donation to FOTAS. “I just love animals,” Diana […]

FOTAS hosts 4th Annual Woofstock Festival and 1st Doxie Derby

12 May 2015 By Joanna Dunn Samson, FOTAS Vice President Imagine this: It’s Saturday morning, May 2nd, at the Woofstock Dogs, Cats and Music Festival at the Aiken County Animal Shelter. It’s 10 a.m. – almost starting time. Excitement is running high. Competitors and handlers crowd around the starting gate, jockeying for position, muscles tensed […]