Wednesday, December 20, 2017

We are Deeply Grateful!

Kristen Blanchard, vice-president of NutraMax Laboratories in Lancaster,  just dropped off donations for LASS - $2000 from NutraMax and $1000 from Kristen and her husband James!  We are so grateful for this holiday blessing!

Visit NutraMax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NutramaxLabs/

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cats and Kittens in Desperate Need of Adoption!

Beautiful cats and kittens at Petsense in Lancaster need homes.
If necessary, adoption fee will be waived


Lola. Sweet, loveable, affectionate cat needs good home. She is spayed. If necessary, will wave adoption fee. See her at Petsense in Lancaster.












Monday, November 13, 2017

LASS SUCCESS STORIES

Thanks to Diane Rashall for sharing this update.  It's great to see these LASS success stories!

Dory was found half-submerged in a pond by Animal Control. She was very weak when brought to Shelter; could barely stand. Dochas n Gra, a sanctuary rescue in Chesterfield County, took Dory. LASS paid $150 toward her vetting. She was diagnosed with severe arthritis of the hips and knees and is in Rimadyl.. She is now able to walk and is safe and loved.





Jasmine was found with her six puppies by Animal Control in the deep woods. She was very thin and her tail was cut so badly that the broken bone was visible.
LASS sponsored $200 towards her surgery. She and her pups have rescue.












Addy and her pup were strays. Addy had two strikes against her, even though she is the sweetest gal ever. She is a heart worm-positive pit bull. LASS sponsored $150 toward her treatment and both Addy and her pup Ashley were adopted.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fall Raffle 2017 Was a Huge Success!

Pat Will with photos of our "Happy Tails" success stories.
Thanks to the generosity of SCCL residents and visitors to the community, our 2017 raffle was a huge success!  We made $962 from the raffle and received $292 in the donation jar!!!! Additional funds were brought in from the sale of LASS t-shirts.  

And the best news of all, THREE cats found there forever homes during our time at The Lodge!!




There are still short sleeve t-shirts available at $15 and more can be ordered. Long-sleeve shirts are also available at $20 by special order. All shirts can be ordered with "dog" or "cat" wording on the back.


County Bloodhound, Bandit, came to visit.





Sunday, July 23, 2017

LASS Participated in Rescue Mission for 59 Kittens

59 kittens heading north!

LASS  and some volunteers from Lancaster fostered all these kittens. Sharon Sapp and Suzanne Mitchel made arrangements with a rescue in Washington 
D. C. to get them to PetSmarts. Nineteen were returned for varlous reasons. But our LASS volunteers will help organize another rescue mission soon. Nadine, Irene,  Barbara Z., Arlene M, Lynn and Patti Sinclair particapated in the fostering. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Saddler the Survivor Has Been Rescued

 
Saddler the survivor is in New Jersey thanks to rescue Angel Suzanne Coculo and Burlington County Animal Alliance. He came into the Shelter in the midst of the Distemper outbreak after being hit by a car. LASS paid $200. toward his vet appt and after a foot cast and treatment for road rash he was boarded at Sandy Crest til yesterday.

Fittingly he was the first dog to use the LASS Kennel also.
Thank you LASSies for saving this sweetheart!

-Diane Rashall
-------------------------------------------- 6/26/17 - Saddler Update
Saddler was in a high kill shelter and out of time, when we received an email begging for his life and telling us how wonderful he was and how he was overlooked because he is a black dog, etc, etc. He was a favorite of one of the volunteers who works so hard every day to save the dogs, so we knew we had to save him.   The day he arrived, his family was there to meet him at petsmart and it was love at first sight.  Saddler's dad sent us this note:
We absolutely love him. He is so good and great with the kids. He never leaves their side. He loves his new bed and playing with the neighbor dogs in the yard. I cant believe we lucked out with such a great dog.
Happy life boy!!!
- Diane Rashall

Monday, June 19, 2017

No Kill Shelter Article is an Inspiring Read

GREAT article!  Lancaster County has lots to learn, but with the support of Larry Honeycutt, Terry Graham, Billy Mosteller, and other council members,  it is ready for the next big step!  So proud of all who have brought us to this point!

Source:  outthefrontdoor.com

Anderson County’s No Kill Transition
17 June 2017, 12:28 pm

Anderson County, South Carolina, is in the western part of the state, bordering Greenville County. It is located on the I-85 corridor between Charlotte and Atlanta – a corridor that is expected to see major growth in the future and is already seeing progressive change. Click HERE to read the entire article.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mandy Catoe Article on 6/15/17 LASS Meeting

Thanks to Mandy Catoe for allowing us to share this article from her blog, Above the fold... spilled ink.


Animal Advocates Celebrate Progress, Forge Partnerships

By Mandy Catoe
June 16, 2017


Sun City animal lovers joined with county council members, an animal-welfare expert and Nutramax Laboratories on Wednesday and pledged to improve the lives of pets across the county and at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter.

More than 60 people filled the Sun City Lake House meeting room Wednesday afternoon for the annual community meeting for two Sun City-based rescue groups – Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters (LASS) and Wags and Whiskers.

Kristen Blanchard, vice president of external corporate affairs for Nutramax, attended along with Lancaster County Council members Larry Honeycutt and Terry Graham. All pledged their continued support.

“I love to see what LASS is doing to build partnerships that will help animals," Blanchard said. “There has been a lack of groups willing to form partnerships until LASS. I have been so impressed with what they and the county are doing.”

The annual meeting was a nod to what has been accomplished at the shelter and a recognition that much remains to be done.

Barbara Taylor, LASS volunteer coordinator, named several ways people could help save shelter pets. She named the following areas of need: socialization, animal care, pet photography for their Facebook page, transporting to veterinarians and rescue groups, fostering, walking dogs, playing with kittens, and temperament testing.


The featured speaker was Jorge Ortega, an animal-welfare consultant. He has worked more than 25 years with animal-welfare groups including the Charlotte Humane Society.

The recipe for a more successful shelter is forming partnerships and educating the public on animal care and the need for spaying and neutering, he said.

He encouraged the group to apply for grants that will financially assist the public with sterilization.

“If you make a goal to save them all and don’t focus on the necessary steps to get there, then you will fail,” he said.

A member of the audience asked if and how the animal shelter could become a no-kill shelter.

“A county shelter has responsibilities and should not be judged for putting vicious dogs to death,” Ortega said. “Work with them and relieve some of that pressure.”

The county has to deal with stray pets, animal cruelty and vicious dogs, whereas a private shelter can avoid handling those animals and keep its euthanasia rate lower, he said.

A “no-kill shelter” is defined as one with a 90-percent adoption rate, Ortega explained.

“Working together in partnership will help reduce euthanasia rates,” he said.

Addressing the logistics of sterilizing shelter animals, Blanchard said veterinarians usually prefer visiting the shelter for medical procedures to prevent the risk of diseases at their facilities.

“Having a sterile operating room at the shelter is vital for a successful shelter,” she said.

“It will take time and everyone working together to get things done,” Ortega said. “Transporting animals out is great to get them out of the shelter to make room for new ones coming in, but more needs to be done to develop plans to reduce the number of unwanted pets being born.”

Carolina Place Animal Hospital in Richburg will spay or neuter adopted shelter dogs for $65 as long as the owner has the paperwork from the shelter. Rabies shots cost $9, according to Bernie Large, an animal advocate who works closely with LASS.

One member suggested taking the animals to schools to teach about animal care.

“I love the idea of dogs in schools and teaching kids about animal health and taking care of your pets,” Blanchard said.



Nutramax, whose business includes creating and manufacturing health products for pets, would provide volunteers and financial support with such a program if it fits the company’s corporate philosophy, she said.

Councilman Terry Graham, whose district includes Indian Land, said the county is fortunate to have the strong partnership with LASS and Alan Williams as shelter director.

“People around the country are calling Alan for advice for their shelters,” Graham said.

He said the shelter has a long way to go, but is much improved since last year and those improvements are because of LASS.



The animal-rescue group helped the undersized shelter through its most recent trial, a six-week battle against a distemper outbreak. LASS found placement for several dogs.

Williams and his staff of two quarantined 25 dogs in 20 separate kennels about a quarter mile from the shelter. They provided antibiotics and vaccines to the dogs. Many veterinarians suggested Williams just euthanize and start over, but he chose the harder path and saved every dog.

Honeycutt closed the meeting with a promise that a new state-of-the-art shelter would be completed in 2018.

“It will have an operating room,” he said.

Upon hearing that, the audience cheered and clapped.


Honeycutt credited LASS with bringing the needs to the attention of county council. He admitted he had not visited the shelter in his 11 years on county council until he saw the dedicated advocacy of LASS.

LASS was formed by Sue White and Janine Gross four years ago when they visited the shelter to donate blankets and food. The two women returned to Sun City and rallied the residents. Their list of accomplishments fills a letter-size sheet of paper with small print and two columns.

LASS President Arlene McCarthy said she was pleased with the turnout and said many came forward to volunteer.

Just this year, LASS has raised over $30,000 for the shelter. A little more than half those funds paid for a unit of seven climate-controlled kennels that expanded the shelter’s space by 30 percent.

The group is a constant presence at county council meetings.



Follow Reporter Mandy Catoe on Twitter @MandyCatoeTLN or contact her at (803) 283-1152.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This will make your day!

The attached pic is of a kitten Meta took from the shelter on Saturday to foster. It had just been brought in by AC , found  in the middle of a street. One of Meta's neighbors saw it, fell in love and adopted it. Here is the kitten with his new sibling . A happy ending !!!
- Nadine Day

Monday, June 5, 2017

NO DOGS TO BE EUTHANIZED AFTER DISTEMPER QUARANTINE

Great article by Mandy Catoe
Link to Mandy's blog: CLICK HERE


Thanks to Mandy Catoe for allowing us to share her 6/5/17 blog posting.

After an exhausting, month-long distemper crisis, the Lancaster County Animal Shelter is back in operation, and none of the 25 quarantined dogs will have to be euthanized, county officials said Friday.

“This is the whole reason we are here,” said a relieved shelter Director Alan Williams, who cannot recall his last day off. “We beat the odds.”


Please visit Mandy's blog for the rest of the article. 

Follow Reporter Mandy Catoe on Twitter @MandyCatoeTLN or contact her at (803) 283-1152.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Steve Willis' Message to County Council Members

With grateful appreciation to the Lancaster County Council for stepping up to do what is right for the animals, we are happy to share a message from Steve Willis, Lancaster County Administrator, to Council Members.  Posted with permission from Steve Willis.

Council members,

Alan got the test results from Dr. Crawford today as she had been tied up on an outbreak in Florida. I know y'all have probably seen on the news that we have problems in our area as well with cases reported in Kershaw, York, Chester, and other counties in the area. Alan will remain vigilant as it is inevitable a sick stray will be coming in at some point in the next few months. More on that in a minute.

The test results came back with 17 testing negative and 9 testing positive. Of the 9 that were positive 6 came back with low virus counts and candidates for transfer to Charleston. They may well test negative by next week. Alan's following medical advice with antibiotics and vaccines has worked. Of the other 3 dogs 2 came back with a moderate virus count and 1 came back with a high virus count. I am afraid we will likely have to put just a few dogs down but I am extremely proud of Alan for taking the road less travelled and saving as many dogs as he could. There should be no question where his heart lies on saving as many animals as reasonably possible.

Given what we have been through I have directed Alan to determine a reasonable population cap for the shelter. Our euthanasia rate for space will increase but overcrowding with the virus loose in the area is merely an open invitation to go through this again. We will certainly be working with our rescue partners to save as many as possible.

As you have seen from our media partners a lot of progress has been made at the Shelter. The HVAC system is our remaining major project. We will have a full update at the June I&R meeting. Let me put in a plug for Alan and Councilman Honeycutt; these improvements are not a permanent fix and in no way negates the need for a new facility.

Again I cannot say thank you enough to Dr. Cynda Crawford at the University of Florida, Kim Kelly at the SC Humane Society, the team at the Charleston Animal Society, and of course our local supporters and vets for their assistance during this trying time. A lot of dogs literally owe them and our Shelter staff their lives. I also want to say thank you to Council for allowing me to exceed my budget caps to handle this outbreak and authorize the necessary steps to avoid mass euthanasia. In closing let me thank Jeff and Daniel for supplying staff to help Alan with various improvement projects and our Animal Control staff for working with us during this time.

Thanks,
Steve

Saturday, May 27, 2017

WSOCTV Report on Shelter Closure & Reopening

Shelter closed due to deadly disease to reopen, pending blood tests

Article and WSCO-TV news report video by Greg Suskin 
Updated: May 26, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cat Adoption Letters - This is What it's All About!







SHELTER VIRUS IDENTIFIED, PLAN MAY SAVE DOGS

Article By Mandy Catoe

May 24, 2017

The mystery disease at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter has been identified as distemper, and there’s a plan in the works that might avoid euthanizing any of the 25 quarantined dogs on the premises.

The shelter remains closed, and a team effort is under way to save the dogs. Shelter staff and volunteers are working with local veterinarians, the S.C. Humane Society, the Charleston County Animal Society, and the Lancaster Area Shelter Supporters (LASS) on a plan to permanently relocate the dogs. At this point, it has spots for 18 of the animals.
"Distemper has run rampant out there, and we have done everything we know to do to save the animals," said County Administrator Steve Willis. "I want to thank Public Works Director Jeff Catoe, shelter Director Alan Williams, and LASS."
The shelter will reopen once cleaning, sanitation and painting have been completed and the two dozen quarantined dogs have a home, Williams said. The county hopes to reopen the shelter this Friday or next Monday, he said.
"We tested every dog we have yesterday (Monday)," he said. "We should know the results by Thursday."
Williams reached out to Kim Kelly, director of the S.C. Chapter of the U.S. Humane Society, when the first dog showed symptoms. Kelly referred Williams to veterinary specialist Dr. Cynda Crawford at the University of Florida.
Crawford began advising him on veterinary protocol a few weeks ago.
"Additional testing by Dr. Crawford found some additional cases of distemper, but a number were with extremely low virus counts," Willis said. "That shows the vaccinations and antibiotics that have been administered are working."
The county has placement commitments for 15 dogs so far, Willis said. The S.C. Humane Society is taking 10 low-virus dogs until they are virus free and Charleston County will house five, Willis said.
Kelly said the Humane Society wants to give the dogs a chance. She praised the county and shelter staff Williams and Carissa Valenti for their efforts at extending the life of these dogs.
"This illness doesn't have to be fatal," she said.
The Charleston County Animal Society expressed its support in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon.
"It used to be that if there was a suspected disease outbreak in a shelter, all the animals would be euthanized, no questions asked," said Abigail Kamleitner. "So we definitely wanted to help Alan and his team at the Lancaster shelter when they went the more difficult route to save lives instead."
She said they were happy to offer a safe place where these dogs can be quarantined and eventually adopted.
On Tuesday afternoon, Williams said about seven dogs still need a place to go.
If tests come back negative for distemper, they can go to rescue groups, but if positive they can be adopted and quarantined by someone with no other dogs, he said.
LASS member Diane Rashall said her group is waiting to see if their help is needed to find one- or two-month homes for dogs that test positive.
The current crisis is due in part to the shelter being so small, with only 24 runs, and a rise in distemper cases throughout the Upstate, Willis said.
The county shelter does not have enough space to quarantine animals.
Moving forward, the shelter will no longer double up the runs, preventing contact between the dogs. It also will reduce the number of dogs housed at the shelter, which unfortunately will result in a higher euthanasia rate, Willis said.
The county will follow medical advice on the remaining dogs, and ”euthanasia is still a possibility," he said. 
Councilman Larry Honeycutt expressed the council's commitment to building a new shelter in 2018. 
"We are going to be able to house more than 24 dogs in a state-of-the-art shelter, and next time we have a breakout of something like this, we won't have to send our animals all over the country," Honeycutt said."We will be able to take care of them right here."
The ordeal has resulted in the county removing the dogs from the shelter as they cleaned, sanitized and painted. Shelter staff set up 20 temporary kennels about a quarter mile away in a clearing in the woods. Tarps cover the kennels, but the rain provides new challenges as they continue to care for the dogs. 
"I want to commend Alan, as I don’t know of many small shelters that would have spent the time and resources he has to try and save these animals," Willis said.
UPDATE ON CATS: LASS RESCUED 32 CATS AND PLACED WITH FOSTERS, BUT THERE ARE NOW MORE KITTENS AND CATS THAT NEED 2-3 WEEK FOSTERS. CALL THE ANIMAL SHELTER 803-286-8103 OR CONTACT NADINE DAY AT 702-897-6569 OR NCDAY1824@HOTMAIL.COM. 
Follow Reporter Mandy Catoe on Twitter @MandyCatoeTLN or
contact her at (803) 283-1152. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

SCCL Keeps on Giving!

The SCCL DCMDVAWV Club is having a pot luck dinner on June 6 at 6:30 pm with a raffle.  All proceeds from raffle will go to LASS/Wags & Whiskers.  We are so fortunate to live in such a giving community!  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

LASS Project Expands Shelter Kennels by 30%

Article Courtesy of Mandy Catoe
May 14, 2017

"There’s a bit of good news at the Lancaster Animal Shelter this week, even as it remains shut down while officials try to eradicate an airborne virus."

Link to Mandy Catoe's Article:
http://abovethefoldtoday.blogspot.com/2017/05/lass-project-expands-shelter-kennels-by.html?m=1

Lancaster Country Shelter Remains Shut Down

Not all facts are correct. Fifteen dogs have died or been euthanized not four. 
Floors are being scraped and re-coated. Air handler system not worked on yet. 
- Diane Rashall
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Article Courtesy of Mandy Catoe
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Alan Williams: ‘I am not – I am not – making that decision. It will come from someone above me’

By Mandy Catoe
Sunday, May 14, 2017 

Alan Williams, director of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, squatted beside one of the temporary pens holding the 25 quarantined animals under his care.
He shook his head as he talked about the dog inside, one of two that came to the shelter three months ago after a drug bust left them homeless. They were emaciated, dehydrated and full of parasites. Williams and his assistant nursed them back to health.
The dog wagged his tail wildly at the sight of his caretaker.
“This is a good dog,” said Williams. “There is no reason it should have to die.”
A life-and-death decision will have to be made soon at the shelter, which was shut down this week because of an uncontrolled, unspecified respiratory virus that has persisted for three weeks.
After moving out the dogs and disinfecting the facility, officials must decide whether to return the animals. They might still be carrying the virus, and that could start the contamination all over again.
Williams, who has run the county-owned shelter for 10 months, is exhausted.
“I’ve been working seven days a week, from sunup till sundown” since the infection was discovered, he said.

<div class="source">MANDY CATOE/The Lancaster News</div><div class="image-desc">This healthy dog arrived at the shelter three months ago, emaciated and filled with parasites. The shelter staff nursed it back to health.</div><div class="buy-pic"><a href="/photo_select/60723">Buy this photo</a></div>
MANDY CATOE/The Lancaster News
This healthy dog arrived at the shelter three months ago, emaciated and filled with parasites. The shelter staff nursed it back to health.

‘Hardest decision’
Humans are not affected by the virus, and the shelter’s 25 cats are not involved in the outbreak. They live in a separate enclosure not infected with the virus.

Williams took a reporter to see the quarantined dogs this week.


He drove down a long gravel road, deep into the woods behind the shelter to a clearing where 20 temporary kennels were spread out. Tarps blocked the evening sun, and trees provided morning shade.

The dogs jumped and barked for attention, wanting to play. None of them appeared obviously sick.
“The hardest decision will be what to do with these 25 dogs,” Williams said. “Several veterinarians have said not to let them return to the shelter because they may still have the virus and possibly spread it. That don’t mean all of them are sick, but they may carry it.”
Some told the county to “eliminate the problem,” Williams said, but the staff is doing everything possible to avoid that.
“I don’t know what will be done,” he said. “I am not – I am not – making that decision. It will come from someone above me.”
Two options exist. One is euthanasia. The other is to keep the dogs quarantined until enough time passes to be sure they are disease-free.

The first option is easy and extreme, and Williams is resisting it.
Keeping the dogs alive would require painstaking, time-consuming work for an undetermined amount of time, but at least two more weeks. Every time staffers fed the dogs or cleaned the temporary kennels, they would have to disinfect their own bodies and change into clean clothes before going into the animal shelter. That would be difficult for a facility with just two full-time employees and one part-timer.
The decision hinges on the advice from veterinarians and specialists who are analyzing results from an autopsy completed Thursday.

Shelter too small
The respiratory virus that forced the shutdown highlights the Lancaster shelter’s biggest shortcoming – it’s too small.
Larger shelters are able to contain and isolate infected dogs without having to orchestrate the measures taken by Lancaster’s shelter, according to Williams.
“When a facility with 100 runs has an outbreak, they can quarantine within the shelter itself,” Williams said. “We are just too small.”
Lancaster’s shelter has just 24 dog runs, often doubled-up because of overcrowding.
Three weeks into the outbreak, the shelter still does not know what the virus is. Distemper, a common respiratory illness, is a possibility.
In the beginning, just a few dogs were exhibiting symptoms.
The mystery was complicated because the first dog that got sick was weakened with heartworms and had little strength to fight any additional illness. Test results came back inconclusive, but indicated the dog had an unidentified, secondary disease.
“We didn’t know what we were dealing with,” Williams said.
The shelter has been consulting various veterinarians, experts at the Clemson Extension Service, and a specialist, Dr. Cynda Crawford at the University of Florida.


4 fatalities so far
Four dogs have died, according to County Administrator Steve Willis.
“Of the four dogs that have died, only one has tested positive for distemper,” Willis said. “All were positive with a respiratory disease.”
Willis said it is possible that the dog that tested positive came in with distemper rather than catching it at the shelter.
“It can take a few weeks for symptoms to show up,” Willis said.
Two weeks ago, with the disease spreading, the staff quarantined the 25 sheltered dogs and administered antibiotics to those exhibiting symptoms.
The shelter borrowed an enclosed kennel trailer and cages from Sandy Crest, Chesterfield County’s shelter. Rescue groups offered some relief, but the fear of spreading the disease to their dogs kept many away.
The shelter hired ServPro, professional cleaners, to sanitize and fumigate the facility. They sealed the cracked floors and applied an epoxy coating. Cleaning and sanitizing should be completed this week, at a cost of about $600.
Repairing and sealing the cracked floors was the most expensive fix. It cost $11,000. County council gave the nod to go ahead and will pick up the tab, Willis said.
Council members had hoped to avoid extra costs on the old shelter, since the plan is to build a new one in 2018.
“If something like this happens again, the county will have a quarantine unit, totally separate from the shelter, at their disposal,” Willis said.


Reopening shelter
This week, the shelter’s desks, tables, bulletin boards, trash cans and shelves were spread out in the parking lot, covered with tarps. Phones and computers were not hooked up. The dog runs were empty, but the floors were clean, shiny and sealed.
Williams said he hopes to reopen the office and restock storage areas in the next week. The kennels, since they have been animal-free for two weeks, should be germ-free and safe.
Until the shelter reopens, Sandy Crest will accept any dogs picked up by animal control.
Williams said the shelter should reopen this week for new animals. The fate of the 25 quarantined dogs remains undecided. The analysis of the autopsy results should be in by Monday.
“If at all possible, we will keep non-symptomatic animals, continue the antibiotic regime and bring them back in to the shelter,” Willis said. “But, if the vets say the only way to stop the contagion is to euthanize, then our hands are tied and we would have to euthanize.”



<div class="source">MANDY CATOE/The Lancaster News</div><div class="image-desc">The healthy dog at left was skin and bones (next photo) on the day she arrived at the shelter following a drug bust. She is one of the dogs currently quarantined.</div><div class="buy-pic"><a href="/photo_select/60724">Buy this photo</a></div>
<div class="source">PHOTO SUPPLIED</div><div class="image-desc">The healthy dog in the previous photo was skin and bones on the day she arrived at the shelter following a drug bust. She is one of the dogs currently quarantined.</div><div class="buy-pic"></div>The healthy dog at left was skin and bones (next photo) on the day she arrived at the shelter following a drug bust. She is one of the dogs currently quarantined.

Follow Reporter Mandy Catoe on Twitter @MandyCatoeTLN or contact her at (803) 283-1152.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

LANCASTER NEWS REPORTS ON LASS LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER

The Lancaster News
Article By Mandy Catoe

Animal lovers raised $13,000 at The Ivy Place on Sunday in a fundraiser sponsored by the Sun City group Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters.  More than 250 people attended the event, including county council members Larry Honeycutt, Terry Graham and Billy Mosteller.


Arlene McCarthy, LASS president, and cofounder Sue White shared the story of the group and how it grew in four years from two concerned women to a community of activism and inspiration.  “We started out bringing food and supplies to the shelter, and now county council members are stepping up to the plate,” White said.


McCarthy listed LASS’s many improvements at the county animal shelter, including convincing county council to hire additional shelter staff, painting the offices, buying a new washer and dryer, raising$17,500 to buy seven additional kennels and purchasing a professional-grade microscope to test for parasites.  
She thanked the attendees for their generosity and support and said LASS could do even more with more volunteers and a new animal shelter.

5th District Republican Party  candidate Ralph Norman also attended.  “I’m here to support a great cause,” he said. “We have always owned animals – cat, dogs, horses and cows - for as long as I can remember.  When I heard about it, I said ‘I have got to come to this.’”  Lancaster County Animal Shelter Director Alan Williams attended and was pleased to see all the support.  
“The more awareness it brings, the better off we will be,” he said. “I think as more people see what we are dealing with, they will help us out.”

Nutramax gave $500. Kristen Blanchard, vice president of external corporate affairs, and her husband, Jim, added an extra $250.


Mike Pogue, of Team Pogue, a Panhandle-based real estate agency, gathered donations during the event and agreed to match the total, which should add up to another $1,000.


McCarthy introduced Honeycutt, who made closing remarks.  “His invaluable support has allowed us to do all the things we are trying to do for the Lancaster Animal Shelter,” McCarthy said. “He has listened to us. He has heard us complain, and he has garnered support from other members of the council.”  Honeycutt said LASS taught him that the animal shelter is a reflection of the community it serves. In the the past, Honeycutt has called conditions at the shelter “deplorable.” 
“Dogs and cats have been put on this earth for a reason,” he said. “We must all join LASS to make sure they are taken care of. That is what God has chosen for us to do.”
He said the county will soon have land for a new shelter, and he predicted the new facility will open next year.  “Ladies and gentlemen, we will have a new animal shelter,” he said.

Contributions to LASS are tax-deductible. Donations can be sent to LASS, 51037 Arrieta Court, Indian Land, SC 29707. Call Diane Rashall at (704) 576-5674 with any questions.

SHELTER IS TEMPORARILY SHUT DOWN DUE TO UNKNOWN VIRUS


On the heels of LASS' very successful fundraiser for the shelter and the exciting announcement of plans for a new shelter by Councilman Larry Honeycutt, sad news is being reported by Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis regarding the ongoing problem of an unknown virus at the shelter.  The shelter is currently shut down and a quarantine is in place.  
Below are reports by various news sources.

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Article by Mandy Catoe
The Lancaster News

Unknown virus shuts down animal shelter

http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/unknown-virus-shuts-down-animal-shelter

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WCNC on Shelter


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From CN2 news on shelter

NEWS: Lancaster County officials say the Lancaster County Animal Shelter is closing its doors for now for intake of any animals after a respiratory virus outbreak. See official information below.
Based upon veterinarian advice, we are closing the Lancaster Animal Shelter for intake of any animals. We have been working for about two weeks to contain a respiratory virus outbreak. All animals have been placed in outside pens during a disinfection process as well as been treated with antibiotics. Despite these steps, new cases have continued so whatever we are dealing with involves animal to animal transmission and is not related to a particular location. We are awaiting further medical testing to see what next steps the vets advise.
This means that we will be unable to respond to stray animal complaints for the next few weeks. We regret the inconvenience but must contain the virus to protect future animals that come into the shelter.


We will have more information once we have the test results.
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WSOCTV
Lancaster Animal Shelter closed after virus kills 2 animals
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/virus-blamed-for-2-animal-deaths-shuts-down-lancaster-animal-shelter/521187173

Monday, May 8, 2017

LASS FUNDRAISER LUNCHEON WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Thanks to all who came to support the animals of Lancaster County at our fundraiser luncheon and fashion show yesterday! The event was a huge success and we were thrilled by the announcement by Councilman Larry Honeycutt that a new shelter will be in the 2018 budget! He announced that two parcels are being looked at and an architect has been contacted to begin plans.

Friday, April 28, 2017

SpayNeuter Charlotte May Special

Spay Neuter Charlotte 
Leave Mother's Day for the humans - get your pet fixed this May! 
Male dogs over 50 lbs: $60
Male dogs under 50 lbs: $40
Female dogs over 50 lbs: $75
Female dogs under 50 lbs: $65
Female cats: $30
Male cats: $20
Get scheduled here > bit.ly/SNCSpecial

Thursday, April 27, 2017

THE NEW KENNELS HAVE ARRIVED!

Plumbing and electricity still need to be installed.  

They will not be used until after shelter is cleaned up.




SHELTER OUTBREAK IS NOT DISTEMPER

Lancaster County Animal Shelter SC 
Update from shelter posted on Facebook 4/27/17

TEST RESULTS ARE IN: We DO NOT have distemper in the shelter. It is kennel cough, which is leading to pneumonia. Once it gets to the pneumonia stage, that is what is making these dogs very sick. We will be getting all dogs out of this shelter today, and sanatizing up until Thursday, we will be getting epoxy flooring put down throughout the shelter.
All new dogs being posted are offsite and have not been exposed to any possible sickness. We are doing all actions on getting the dogs in the shelter quarantined. *We are not accepting owner surrenders at this time* No dogs are getting worse in sickness, an no other dogs seem to be getting sick at this time. We are doing all necessary actions here at the shelter. We thank everyone who has been helping, donating, and sending help our way. We appreciate it all! We are trying our best to get this shelter back on track, an everyone healthy again! -Huge thank you from shelter staff & shelter volunteers!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

POSSIBLE DISTEMPER OUTBREAK AT LANCASTER COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

***** CODE RED *****

A very sad day at the shelter... it's currently closed, waiting for test results to confirm possible distemper outbreak.  Volunteers are needed immediately to quarantine dogs that are not showing symptoms... or they may have to be put down.  See posting on our Facebook page.

Friday, April 14, 2017

GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT RETIRING CHESTERFIELD COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER DIRECTOR, JIM MCGONICAL