Category Archives: Fundraisers

Junior FOTAS Students Prove our Future Looks Good

Last year, a new after school program called Junior FOTAS was started by students at Tall Pines STEM Academy. Two teachers assist the students, including their language arts teacher, Mrs. Busby, who is passionate about helping shelter pets and a FOTAS volunteer, and their math teacher, Mrs. Mastromonico, who’s adopted pets from the shelter and […]

Leadership & Teamwork Make FOTAS Golf Tourney a Signature Event

FOTAS just held its Fifth Annual Playing Fore the Pets Golf Tournament and Helicopter Ball Drop on Oct. 1. The event was bigger than ever, with 176 golfers participating in the tournament and 996 ball drop raffle tickets sold. In just five years, this special event has become the biggest FOTAS fundraiser of the year. […]

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 […]

Kids today, they’re so generous to shelter animals in need

by Bob Gordon, FOTAS Director of Communications We’ve all heard and read the negative comments about today’s youth. Kids are lazy these days! They’re more interested in their iPhones and video games than the world around them. They’re not as engaged with society and care more about taking selfies than reaching out to others. But […]

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. […]

Aiken Family finds enrichment from fostering Shelter animals

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Director of Communications When Wendy Dietzel read on the FOTAS Facebook page that the Aiken County Animal Shelter was at full capacity and needed volunteers to foster dogs and cats, she called a family meeting. She, her husband, John, and two daughters, 13-year-old Ella and 8-year-old Audrey, discussed the shelter’s critical […]

Wonderful Weekend Launch: Fifty Felines Adoptable for Free

By Bob Gordon, FOTAS Communications Director and Volunteer Wow, what a wonderful weekend for the animals at the County Shelter! Yesterday, FOTAS held its Pre-Holiday Yard Sale, with all proceeds going to the orphaned animals, and launched an amazing adoption special that allows the shelter to waive the adoption fees for 50 spayed/neutered cats. With […]

‘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 […]