Family Fun Day Highlights Need For Adoptions, Donations


AIKEN, S.C. — 13 dogs and cats were adopted and found forever homes during “Hot Diggity Family Fun Day” hosted by the animal rescue group “Friends Of The Animal Shelter” Saturday at the Aiken County Animal Shelter.

The event celebrated the second anniversary of the shelter’s renovation. Organizers invited those who have adopted pets from the shelter to return for a “reunion”. There was also a magician, face painting, games, food and a puppy kissing booth. WJBF News Channel 6’s John Hart displayed his grill skills, assisting Aiken County Animal Control Officer/Grill Master Bobby Arthur with the hot dogs.

Most importantly, visitors were invited to interact with the dogs and cats up for adoption, which benefits the animals by giving them much-needed human attention.

If you couldn’t make it to the event, there are still plenty of ways you can help.

“We are entering puppy and kitten season,” said Ellie Joos, a boardmember with Friends Of The Animal Shelter. “We are in constant need of volunteers to visit with the animals give them that human interaction, foster families and, of course, we always need donations.”

While organizers were happy with the 13 pets that found their forever home on Saturday, far more are still in the shelter waiting for theirs.  Like Nero, a three year-old bully mix that came to the shelter as a stray. FOTAS officials say Nero is very smart and a great athlete. You can see him in the video below interacting with Joos.

There’s also Sly, a 5 year-old black and white cat who’s been at the shelter since early March. Sly has watched most of his roomates leave for forever homes, as many adopters prefer kittens. So he remains, like Nero, waiting for that moment when someone looks into his cage and doesn’t keep walking. Click on the slide show below to see pictures of Sly.

To find out more about Nero, Sly or any of the other animals at the shelter, visit their web site. To donate to or volunteer with Friends Of The Animal Shelter, click here.

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