As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Animal Advocates depend on donations and grants to help the deserving dogs and cats in Barnwell County.
Although we are extremely appreciative and thankful for the support that we receive from our community, it is not enough to sustain our mission. Therefore, we opened our second-hand shop, The Pick of the Litter, to give us a continuous source of income. This is our ONLY source of constant income in a rural area where the median income is $25,000 and where there are so many homeless, abandoned, abused, and neglected animals. The situation is so dire that often times the euthanasia rate at our county shelter has been 98% because they cannot house and care for the number of animals that are taken in each year.
The Animal Advocates medically treat all the animals in our care which at times near 100. For an estimate of general expenses in preparation for adoption, it takes $400 per dog and $300 per cat for the first month of housing and care. This cost approximation does not include an animal with medical concerns; this estimate per animal includes only the basic expenses of proper medical care: vaccines, spay/neuter, deworming, food, etc… Fundraising proceeds are strictly utilized for the care and medical treatment of our animals. Throughout the years we have hosted numerous events such as Corks & Canvas, Kool-aide & Canvas, Pictures with the Easter Bunny, and the Canine Costume Contest just to name a few. We are most known for our two annual fundraisers Raise the Woof Comedy Show and Night of the Unleashed. The Animal Advocates also pride ourselves on community involvement and participate in numerous local events such as the Festival of Trees, Blessing of the Animals, and Community Parades.
Without local support, our mission would be difficult to achieve. If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution towards our mission, please go to our donation tab and contribute.
Kimberli Scott Fundraising Chair