We cannot believe another year has come and gone here at the adoption center. We’ve had a great year filled with wonderful fundraisers, some tear-jerking adoption success stories and we’ve also welcomed many new and wonderful volunteers into our lives. We would like to thank everyone for their support in 2016 and we look forward to a wonderful 2017 as we help the kitties who need us most.
In 2016 we had 103 adoptions! That’s more than 100 cats who are now in safe, loving homes thanks to couples, individuals and families who have opened their hearts and homes to a shelter cat. But, our job is never-ending as there are always even more cats waiting for forever homes. The support we receive from donors and volunteers is truly amazing.
Spaying, Neutering & TNR
2016 was also a successful year for our spaying/neutering and our TNR program (Trap-Neuter-Return), which is a humane way of helping feral cats in the community by keeping the population under control. In 2016 we coordinated 109 spays and neuters for cats at our adoption center and 182 through our TNR program throughout Horry County. Together, we can help control the cat population, keep our feline friends healthy and prevent the overabundance of unwanted cats and kittens.
As a no-kill shelter we have cats that live with us until they are old, cats who are older when they get adopted out and cats that we have lost to cancer and other diseases we have no control over. It’s never easy losing a cat but we find some comfort in knowing we were able to help them have a happy, safe and comfortable end to their life, whether it was at our adoption center or in a truly forever home. In 2016 some of the cats we had to say goodbye to include: Snowy (the oldest cat at our shelter), Boots (a long-time resident, survived by his brothers) and Pawley (an older cat who escaped death by a previous owner).
Fundraising is a big part of what we do because we are purely run on donations and the generosity of others! In 2016 we sold our second annual cat calendar, held our always fun bowling fundraiser, participated in SC’s largest garage sale and sold coupon books. We look forward to much of the same in 2017 and appreciate all the support we receive for our fundraising events!