Tag Archives: volunteers

Two FOTAS Family Members Honored as Heroes

The American Red Cross honored FOTAS fosters Becca Babineau and Chenoa Shields with its local hero award for “going above and beyond the line of duty to save lives and serve others.” The two women were presented with their awards with other citizens who showed extraordinary courage to rescue and change lives for the better. […]

The Joy of Being a Camp Counselor for Dogs

Fostering dogs is like being a camp counselor. Every couple of weeks new friends arrive. Dogs that stay from five to seven days become more social, more trusting because they are cared for and loved. How does fostering work? We went to the Aiken County Animal Shelter and a FOTAS volunteer gave us a tour. […]

Fostering Kittens is a Proud Tradition for Windsor Family

“You get the love from the kittens and when you see one that you raised get adopted to a good home, it’s one of the best feelings in the world,” says Fran Bush, explaining the rewards of fostering homeless shelter pets. She should know. Fran and her husband, Don, are top volunteers for FOTAS and […]

Terrified Stray Dog Keegan Learns How to Love Again

He wouldn’t let anyone pet him for two weeks. Keegan, a 2-year-old, mid-sized, black Retriever mix, was picked up as a stray in Graniteville and being at a strange, new place full of barking dogs was terrifying. Having no idea how to behave in such a situation, he shut down completely. It’s not an uncommon […]

Mother-Daughter Team Helps County Shelter Animals Find Forever Homes

Olga Simons and her 17-year-old daughter, Nicole, come to the Aiken County Animal Shelter (ACAS) nearly every afternoon to walk and socialize homeless dogs. But after they exercise the homeless canines, the real fun begins. Olga lays out props for the dogs — hats, tiaras, bow ties, scarfs and even a unicorn horn – while […]

Home to Shelter: A Traumatic Transition for Pets

Surrendering your pet to a shelter might be the hardest decision you ever make. But before you make such a move, be aware how tough it can be on the dog or cat you’re relinquishing. When owners surrender their animals to a shelter, the dog or cat can shut down almost completely. When this happens, […]

You too can be a hero

Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are surrendered or abandoned to the shelter every day. These animals, through no fault of their own, are blindsided by a change of life that can have a dramatic impact on their emotional and physical well-being. FOTAS and the shelter immediately act to make sure these animals can not only […]

Fosters urgently needed to save lives of homeless animals

FOTAS urgently needs volunteers to foster shelter animals. Spring has officially arrived, so a wave of homeless puppies and kittens is heading our way. We’ve already received some stray momma dogs and cats with their little ones, as well as orphaned pups and kittens found all alone. These babies need temporary homes where they can […]

Old shelter dog teaches his senior adopter some new tricks

Last July, I lost Jake, my 10-year-old black Labrador retriever. With the start of a new year, I felt ready to start seeking a new dog for our home. As I am in my 80th year, I didn’t feel comfortable adopting a very young dog. I wanted a dog that was more my speed, one […]

My pack does much of the fostering work

I foster because I love dogs, all dogs. The Aiken County Animal Shelter has a big need for short term fosters for dogs being transferred to a sister agency in the north. Fortunately, I can foster often because my own pack of dogs helps with all the work. There are five dogs in my pack, […]