SAVING THE ANIMALS
The Shelter Mascot, 9 year-old Roxie, thanks you for saving her home!
Dropped off four years ago, sick and with 8 puppies, she was nursed back to health by amazing and caring PCHS staff with whom she bonded. It seems the only place her anxiety allows her to enjoy life is at PCHS where she welcomes other animals in need, knowing they will be cared for and safely placed in loving homes.
PCHS, a no-kill shelter, has spared and improved the lives of thousands of lost and thrown away animals over the past 46 years. In turn, thousands have experienced the unyielding love, companionship, and joy only a fur baby can give.
Roxie, along with all her humans here at Pickens County Humane Society have a great big THANK YOU for all of you who supported our Save the Shelter – Save the Animals campaign. And you did it!! We hit our goal of $70,000 that keeps our doors open for 6 months into 2018. Now is the time to put into place our strategic plan to not only maintain our shelter, but grow. All donations coming in from this point will go directly towards funding and growing our shelter operations. Please continue to be involved in our growth. Contact us and ask how you can help.
More WONDERFUL news: Thanks to the Christmas miracle our supporters have made possible, we will be accepting animals beginning January 2, 2018, giving them a miracle of a warm bed, full bowl of food, and loving care while at our shelter and beyond.
Please, continue to be the Change. Make your tax-deductible donation now. Share this need with others. Encourage your friends to lend their support. The coming together of those who care about these animals, to give whatever they can, will assure Pickens County Humane Society doors will be open yet another 46 years. Together - we will!
Our need consists of dedicated staff to perform tasks that are daily, repetitive, and necessary to assure our animals are cared for in the best possible way, upholding strict PCHS standards. That means each day consists of cleaning/disinfecting cages and litter boxes, unloading and stacking feed and cat liter, wash/dry toweling, cleaning feed and water dishes/pails, daily grooming, long walks, and again - cleaning/disinfecting cages and liter boxes. Plus other tasks that vary day to day.
This need is real and immediate. Most don't realize how hard, dirty & tiring the job can be when done correctly. Our animals need PCHS staff to be dedicated as they depend on us to show up everyday, 7 days a week, no matter the weather or our mood for the day.
Each of you helped (and continue to help) keep our doors open for these deserving animals. Now we need your help in finding the right person to help us in caring for these sweet souls by working or volunteering at PCHS.
Please share the need to all your friends for them to consider spending time with us. We have both a part time and full time position open. Or maybe you just need something to fill your time a few hours a week? We'd love to have you volunteer! IF interested, read the detailed job and volunteer descriptions below:
Kennel Technician/ Animal caregiver - $9 / hour (no benefits) (1) Full-time position (1) Part-time position
**MUST be available to be scheduled anytime during our business hours: Monday/ Tuesday/ Thursday/ Friday 7:30am- 7pm, Wednesday/ Saturday 7:30am - 12noon/ 3pm -5pm, Sunday 9am- until/ 3pm - 5pm, also must be available for some holidays **
A Kennel Technician/ Animal Caregiver is responsible for the over-all care of the animals housed within our facility, as well as the maintenance & cleanliness of our facility. This is a continual job. Fast paced with a changing work load. You are always on your feet & constantly moving. You will handle and clean after both cats and dogs. Other duties include but are not limited to: feeding/watering cats & dogs, walking dogs, bathing dogs, scrubbing walls/ kennel gates, washing feed dishes, laundry, lifting/stacking feed/ cat litter etc. Must be self-motivated, able to follow direction, retain information and apply it as needed appropriately. Responsible and dependable is critical. Must be able to work as part of the PCHS TEAM.
PCHS is located in Liberty, SC off Hwy 178 on Five Forks Rd. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org OR deliver it to our office in person.
Volunteer regulations & requirements:
-All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age
-Closed toe shoes & public appropriate clothing required
-All volunteers must fill out an application for volunteering & sign a risk release wavier prior to providing any volunteer time
-All volunteers are required to sign in upon arrival and out prior to departure
-It is critical that Volunteers perform delegated tasks as assigned and trained by PCHS staff. These include cleaning cages, litter boxes, and kennel areas, helping unload, and lots of heavy and dirty tasks. Playing with puppies and kittens is there too, but only after the daily needs for the animals has been met.
Volunteer/PTI/ Community service opportunities:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8am-11am, 12noon-3pm, 4pm-7pm
Wednesday, Saturday 8am-12noon
It is important to have the time slots filled from beginning to end as minimum, however we will gladly extend the time to maximize your travel time.
*** Other weekend hours may be available upon approval ***
We know you already share our passion for our mission. If you are close and available to work or volunteer full or part time - come see us! Roxie and friends are waiting to greet you!
In the mean-time, please continue to share the need. We are filling up quickly and have some amazing fur-babies waiting for their forever homes. To assure we continue to be here for them, we need to raise the operating capital to get us through 2018 and funding toward the low cost spay-neuter clinic that will not only make a dramatic impact on the feral and unwanted cats and dogs in the Upstate, but also give PCHS a revenue stream that will help keep our doors open into the future. Thank you for Saving the Shelter so we can continue to Save the Animals, but the struggle isn’t over . . yet. Keep sharing, and together we will succeed for the love of the animals.
We celebrated last Saturday your success of raising the funds we needed to keep our doors open here at the Pickens County Humane Society. While many of your live too far away, and some of you closer were unable to join us, we still had a full house at the Pickens County Country Club to celebrate with us and Roxie, and hear of our future plans. Plans made possible because of YOUR support.
This video - https://vimeo.com/letpeoplesee/review/254036191/57b3564496 is our thank you to each of you for the part you played in Saving the Shelter so we can continue to Save the Animals.
Please continue to share our need. Our doors are open, but we need to now sustain our shelter to keep them open through 2018. To do so we need to raise an additional $100,000. AND, another $175,000 to make possible a mobile low-cost vaccine, spay and neuter clinic that will make a real difference to all the communities in our area by reducing the severe overpopulation and illness rate of cats and dogs. This low-cost clinic will also be a source of revenue to assure our sustainability going forward.
When you have a minute, check out all the animals we are currently working with to bring to full health and find the perfect families for them to join. http://www.pickenscountyhumanesociety.com/apps/photos/
OPPORTUNITY - the Kelly and Ryan Live television show has a contest going right now that ends January 25th. If you send in a video of your cat doing something cute YOU can win $5,000 for yourself and $5,000 for us! Check it out - http://kellyandryan.com/live/check-meowt-enter/.
We do need to continue to raise funds to ensure we are here for the entire 2018 and beyond. Please keep sharing our need to Save the Animals and together we will make a real difference.
Lastly, if you are local and haven't RSVP'd yet for our January 27th Appreciation event, please get that in. It's a week from tomorrow and we hope to see as many people there as possible for us to say "Thank You!" for Saving the Shelter - Saving the Animals.
Have a great weekend!!
In reference to Tina N Al's comment: As a volunteer, I am appreciative that PCHS's financials and annual outcomes can be viewed through Guidestar.org in full transparency. Those reports do show an average of 10% or less rate of intake animals are humanely euthanized. This prompted the question of how PCHS can call themselves a no-kill shelter?? The technical definition of a “no-kill” shelter is an animal shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even when the shelter is full, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety. As shared in their video regarding Chewy, many animals present extremely ill. PCHS does what they can in absolutely every case, and were able to save Chewy; however some animals cannot and will not survive. It is those they have to make the extremely hard decision, supported by a treating vet, to humanely euthanize. It is tough, and all cry tears of sadness because each animal presented in that condition deserved a loving home; and exactly why we all are fighting to Save the Shelter - Save the Animals. PCHS sincerely appreciates the question posed so this important fact could be clarified, and their position that each and every kitten/cat and puppy/dog are worthy of a forever home is known. They work tirelessly to ensure good health and a happy future for each animal that comes through their doors, and as a supporter I only shudder at what would come of those hundreds of animals each year if PCHS was not an option for them.
I want to donate but don't get paid until the first week in December. It may only be $20.00 but I want to make this my Christmas present to myself. If everyone who donates asks a friend to donate a even a one to five dollars it should help! Everyone lets pitch in a dollar won't buy you a cup of coffee but will keep the hearts of these loving fur babies beating. IMPORTANT!! If your company has a matching gift program, they might match dollar for dollar what you donated, making the gift 2x's greater. If you donated $25.00 your company might match it with another $25.00 that's $50.00! It is a time of hope let's give these folks some hope!
I'm glad to see this progressing so well. I'm sure a BUNCH of these donations are coming all over the country[I'm from Mi.]. Saving this shelter is so very important. There are many such places, and they all need a shot. Let's do this good stuff, one at a time.
I want to address those of you who are criticizing this organization's euthanasia rate. I am not affiliated with them in any way, except for making a donation pledge. I have been in animal welfare and animal rescue work since the 1980s, including being a humane society president and board member, and being a director of several animal rescues in NC and VA. There is NO SUCH thing as truly being "no kill" if you are running a shelter humanely. This simply means they do not put down adoptable animals. Shelters who will adopt out aggressive or very ill animals are extremely unethical. And yes, it does happen, especially the aggression issue. 10% of intake is low actually, as usually at least that many will either be ill or aggressive. From what I have read (and I do some research before I ever promise a donation), this is a well run organization. I wish the words "no kill" had never entered the vocabulary of animal groups, but Nathan Winograd made such a splash with his books and speaking engagements that groups feel they have to use those words in order to get donations. But truly, every so-called no-kill adoption center I have ever worked with, did still have to put down sick and aggressive animals. So please, do not fault this group or hold back your support because of the 10% euthanasia rate. Heck, there is an open admission shelter in rural VA that I used to help that has an 80-95% euthanasia rate on cats every year! Because they will only adopt to indoor homes, and there are very few available, while there are tons of cats and kittens being dumped. You cannot judge an organization strictly by the euthanasia rate.
I've donated shared this with others. This is actually something that should be easy. If 30,000 people of our 300,000,000 Americans gave just 1 dollar....this would be done. Do the math, and show your friends. God bless these people who do this work. We must help the innocents.
Doing great - almost at the goal but we must go over the goal to pay for the fees charged. Plus we want to make sure they get some extra money so all of the pets in their shelter get a special Christmas treat and so that they have some money in an emergency reserve. Let's try to reach $80,000 by December 31st. All of us animal lovers - WE CAN DO THIS.
I'm so happy for PCHS, that my heart could burst. Great jobs folks!!!! This is the sorta thing that should be happening, all the time. We have a Christmas Miracle, and I'm looking forward to your shelter and people being there a long time. I wish these places weren't needed....but they are. God Bless...and Merry Christmas!!! Mike Ricketts
I'm so happy that the shelter is still going and has a great forward plan. You people and critters, touched my heart. I'm going to contribute to a more local shelter, as so many need assistance here. Good luck, and God Bless to all of you and the innocents.
I think people in this area also need to go to their local city council and county government offices and seek funding, citing how much a spay and neuter clinic could save money in the long run. They also need to vote in their local elections and support people who support this kind of funding.
In response to the question of the GFM site charges, the site says their fees are 60 cents each donation and 7.99% of the total. So I would guess at least $6,000 in fees.
Will go fund me keep the usual 5% & fees?. This is over $3,500. Does this need to be added to the $70,000. Of course the 5% will change. C. C.Johnson