Jojo is very affectionate (a little love bug!) and had been patiently waiting at the center for her perfect forever home.
She’d gotten adopted recently, but it did not turn out well. She returned to the center stressed out and losing her hair. She had to regain her confidence and her health before being adopted out again.
Mark & Theresa came to the center to spend time with Jojo this past spring, and she bonded with them immediately. We are happy to announce that Jojo is truly enjoying her new life and home with them.
Recently, a family came in looking for a black cat to adopt. That in and of itself is great! One of the volunteers took a tower out of walk-in #5, with shy Rio perched on top. She told Rio to give it a try (Rio usually did not come out to say hello to adopters, therefore making her adoption chances slim). But that day she proudly perched on top of her tower.
The woman came over and began petting her. And petting her….and petting her. They bonded instantly! Rio’s siblings and mom had all been adopted a while ago and she was the last one left. Even her “roommate,” a black kitty with hip issues, got adopted recently. It was her time and she found the perfect family.
We are so happy for Rio!
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!
One of our special needs kitties, Coco, was adopted!! He is one of our hip kitties, as we call them. His siblings, who also had the same problem, were previously adopted and Coco waited patiently for the ‘right’ mom.
She came into the center and he climbed on her lap and it was an instant match made in heaven. We know he has found the perfect forever home and we are very happy for him.
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.
Kitten season is upon us!
With our year-round mild weather, kitten season is never really over, but spring is an especially busy time. We get many calls of people finding kittens…but what is the best thing to do if you find a baby? Well, the answer is maybe not what you think it is. If the baby is not in danger, the best thing to do is wait and watch.
Why? The mother may be off hunting or may be in the process of moving her kittens in her mouth, one by one. This means she may leave her babies unattended for up to hours at a time. So, you need to wait hours, or even up to a day, to find out if the kittens is truly on its own.
If you do discover that it’s on its own, and take the kitten in, keep in mind that baby kittens require round the clock care. Between bottle feeding every few hours, burping after meals (yes just like a human baby!) and needing help going to the bathroom, by taking the kitten in, you are essentially becoming its surrogate mom.
If you do find out that there is a mom in the area, once the kittens are old enough to not need to nurse off the mother, getting her trapped, spayed and released as soon as possible is the best thing you can do. And then, do the same when the kittens are big enough.
This will help prevent a repeat of the current situation and will also make for healthier, happier cats. For more information on low–cost spaying and neutering, please give us a call.
We are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful full-size quilt.
The winning ticket will be drawn on December 1st. Winner need not be present to win!
You may buy tickets at the center or go through PayPal or you may also mail a check made payable to:
1117 Dick Pond Road
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
Your ticket stub(s) will be mailed to you.
Whenever a senior kitty gets adopted we are always thrilled as it is rare and very special and meaningful for both the cat and the adopter. Katie’s owner had passed away in December of 2015 and we were able to take her. She spent her time at the adoption center comfortably, but she did not enjoy the company of the other cats.
A few weeks ago a nice lady came in with her daughter. She told us of her recent losses and said she was a senior citizen and needed a cat that was also a senior. She liked Katie who turned 14 in December. We wish the best for Katie and her new mom.
After the adoption we received this note from her daughter: “Thank you EVERYONE for your good wishes — I’m the “daughter.” Mom and I want all of you to know that Katie is deliriously happy in her new home. My father died in 10/16, and “his” cat passed on 1/25, so Mom decided that she and Katie were “two old ladies who needed each other.” Katie cuddles up with Mom and they are inseparable. SRC, you are outstanding. THANK YOU!”
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!