Did you know, we are a 100% volunteer-run organization? That’s right, there’s no employees here, just volunteers with big hearts and a little bit of time to donate. We are always in need of volunteers at our adoption center. We are here 7 days a week. Most volunteers choose one or two days a week to come in on a regular basis. You can volunteer for a couple of hours a week…or more! We can compare schedules and find something that works for everyone. Keep in mind, we are at the center in the mornings and early afternoons; we do not have evening hours.
Volunteering at the center involves cleaning cages, sweeping and mopping, replenishing food and water bowls and of course, getting to spend some quality time with the cats. There is a lot of bending and standing required but we don’t mind if you need to take a break, bring a snack and have a cold bottle of water during your shift. We are also one of the few adoption centers that will allow responsible teens, with their parents’ permission, to volunteer. This is a great way for those who need volunteer hours to acquire them, or, if your child is interested in pursuing veterinary or related fields, it’s a great way for them to get some hands-on experience.
Interested in volunteering? Call us today or stop by to fill out a volunteer application. We cannot wait to meet you!
Oftentimes people think that most kids would rather sit in front of the TV than go outside and play and that they don’t care about things that really matter.
Well, as a non-profit we have found that there are some caring, loving kids out there who really have a huge heart and want to make a difference. From young volunteers to kids who have chosen to collect donations in lieu of birthday presents for their birthday.
One of our foster moms, Jen, has a son who not only had a birthday party where he collected donations for the center, but he also came to the center with his sister to plant much-needed flowers for outside the center. The selflessness of Pearson, his sister, and the other children who choose to help a cause bigger than themselves is so touching to see.
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!
Spaying or neutering your cat is one of the most important things that you can do! Whether it’s your cat or a cat outside that you feed, getting a cat fixed is an easy way to help prevent the number of unwanted cats and the number of cats that end up in shelters year after year. If you are interested in getting a cat spayed or neutered, give us a call. We can set up an appointment for you and the best part is, it is much less expensive if you go through us. Our low-cost spaying and neutering includes a rabies shot, an application of flea medication and dewormer. Not only will your cat be happier and healthier, you will also be helping prevent the homelessness of kittens. Call us today!
We are a no-kill shelter, however, that doesn’t mean we don’t have to deal with loss. We have to deal with it all the time. From cats who suddenly get sick to kittens who are born with a deadly disease, we just never know what might happen. While we keep our cats as healthy as possible, we just cannot control everything. One thing we especially cannot control is age.
We recently lost a cat who was near and dear to us. Snowy came to us at age 14 and was loved by all the volunteers. He was the oldest kitty at the center and we knew that this would likely be his final home here at our center. He liked to hang out on his top shelf in his walk-in and hang his arm over the edge, watching the other cats. Snowy also enjoyed going in and out of his house whenever he pleased (and we let him, since he was our senior!). He became a little grumpy in his old age but we loved him nonetheless. He watched the other cats with wisdom that only a double-decade-old cat could have.
Snowy lived to be 20-years-old and passed away on June 8, 2016. He will truly be missed.
We are a no-kill shelter. Yes, many people know what that means, but do you ever think of how long it takes for some of the cats to get adopted? There are some cats that we know (or think we know) will probably never get adopted. Some are teetering on the edge of being considered feral and just don’t want to be around people. We certainly try work with all of the kitties to give them a chance to be adopted, but we are also ok with knowing that some of these cats may live out the rest of their lives here with us in a safe and caring environment. Other cats are friendly and sociable but get overlooked because there are younger, cuter cats available. Or, they are a little shy and don’t come up to strangers.
One cat in particular, Falco, came to Sav-R-Cats in 2008 as a three-month-old kitten. Once the window of being a kitten passes, cats seem to have less odds of getting adopted. Through the years Falco has enjoyed living at the center. He was best known for perking up anytime anyone was eating, especially if it was something out of a crinkly wrapper. He really had a thing for people food!
Then, in May of 2016, a woman came by the shelter to adopt a cat. She had an orange cat that had just passed away and was hoping to adopt another orange cat, hoping to reintroduce a similar-colored kitty to her other cats which includes two Sav-R-Cats former residents, Kate and Hope. They were both adopted as adults by her. She quickly decided that Falco was the one. She wanted to give an adult cat a chance at living a normal life. At this point Falco was 8 years old and had been waiting almost his entire life for a forever home. The center had been pretty much all he had known!
She set the carrier on the table and he walked right in. When she closed the door to it he laid down, content and ready to go home! We are so happy for Falco, finding his true home after 8 years of waiting. This gives us hope for the many other adult cats that we have at our center.
Consider adopting an adult cat!
One of our volunteers, Karen Preston, has an award-winning quilt on display at this show, going on now! It was even used on the flyer for the event. Be sure to check it out if you get a chance!
Out of our LOVE for the kitties, SAV-R-CATS has stepped up and rescued over 20 cats from an apartment. Their caregiver had passed away and one of our volunteers graciously took them into a facility of her own until they are all checked out by the veterinarian (physical examinations, testing, vaccinations). So now on April 4th, 5th and 6th, the kitties are going up for an adoptathon at Wags & Whiskers, located at 710 5th Ave South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582, phone number 843/280-7686. (Hours on Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th are 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, April 6th from 11 am – 3 pm).
POC for SAV-R-CATS is Donna Sprague at 843/333-5704.
Adoption fee is “ONLY” $25.00. About 15 to 20 cats will be there, and their ages are 2 to 10 yrs old “SAV-R-CATS WHERE OUR CATS ADOPT YOU.”
We are once again competing in the online contest called the Shelter Challenge! Recently we won pet beds from this contest because you voted for us! Now, we are in the runnings once again. It’s easy to vote. Just click here then enter Sav-R-Cats in the shelter name box. You don’t have to enter any more information then hit search then vote. It’s as easy as that!
You can vote once per day and it helps when you share the contest with your friends as well. We appreciate all of the support and we hope to win either vaccines or cash for our shelter.
Thank you for your votes!
Please help us in the Shelter Challenge! You can vote once per day, every day until Oct. 13. Click here to vote and please share! Prizes include monetary prizes, vaccines and pet beds. Help us reach the top! Voting is easy, just search for Sav-R-Cats then hit vote! Simple as that.