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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: SC-CARES provides a permanent "no-breed/no-kill" home for unwanted, neglected, and troubled animals.

Target demographics: Most rescues focus on dogs and cats, SC-CARES fills the need for all other animals. SC-CARES programs include off-site outreach to schools, festivals, etc. plus on-site tours for school and other groups field trips.

Geographic areas served: Technically we could receive animals from anywhere. We are located close to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and have tourist from all over. We mainly host field trips from schools within a short drive.

Programs: To provide a sanctuary for abused neglected and unwanted exotic animals

to educate people especially children on the issues with respect to keeping exotic animals as pets

research and conservation programs to foster support and encourage involvement of area schools

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Brooke10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SC CARES founders Cindy and Skip changed my life while changing the lives of countless animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first met Cindy and Skip I realized they were special human beings; humble and hopeful. They sold their homes, property, and forfeited their once normal and comfortable lives. They traded their lives for the sake of their beliefs. Not many of us are willing to do that. Not many humans believe so strongly in their principles to take such a large risk to move to a rural property and begin to set up a rescue, rehabilitation, and most importantly a sanctuary for so many living beings. I had the opportunity to volunteer frequently with Cindy and Skip (SC CARES founders) for a full year before moving out of SC. In that year I observed the compassion they showed for each animal whether with a shell, feathers, or fur. No animal was small enough to be discounted by Cindy. Many days when I showed up, Cindy was busy bottle feeding possums, an animal that most people find to be scary and a nuisance. She would stroke the tortoises shelsl making them dance under her hands. She would speak softly and calmly, whispering sweet nothings into Dennis the deer's ear. Despite her hectic and busy schedule taking care of the hundreds of animals daily, Cindy spends time each day showing every animal affection and love. One thing that is always poignant in my mind is that each animal that passes has a funeral, a burial, and a little plot in the front yard that unfortunately grows every year. Every animal matters and every animal deserves respect. Cindy and Skip have given so many deserving animals a second chance and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe, loving, and comfortable environment. I frequently think of the impact that SC CARES has on the animals who were irresponsibly purchased and/or attained. Cindy is constantly turning away animals in need not because she does not care, but because resources (food, space, shelter, and money) are scarce. This world needs more people like Cindy and Skip. Their wholesome compassion for life and the living is a testament to the type of people they are and the organization that they run.

Ashley H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful sanctuary ran by loving and compassionate people and volunteers. They have about 160 animals from all walks of life. They work day in and day out to give these creatures a loving home and finals residence! Visit or help if you can!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SC-CARES is a wonderful organization who does selfless work from the heart. These people are truly special and the animals there are loved and cared for in a way you can only see by visiting. They survive solely on volunteer help and donations made by the community and are doing all they can to help every animal that crosses their path. I highly recommend your support in this place.

There is so much love at this place.

Linda435

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful, caring, and compassionate place where all animals are loved and safe.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited SC-CARES several times with my grandchildren over the years. It is very well run and there is a large selection of types of animals to look at and to hear. The bird house was very noisy, but the birds were beautiful. We visited a very fat pig, some horses and a bunch of tortoises. We loved it and hope the two very kind people who run it will be able to continue to do their good work.
Barbara Kolff

Donor

Rating: 5

SC-Cares Animal Rescue is such a wonderful, and mostly natural living place for a large variety of God's creatures. These animals needed the very special safe place to survive and were taken in with loving open arms. The folks at SC-Cares are definitely angels who give their heart, sole and countless time to care for each and every animal and hours on end trying to raise funds to support the rescue. Please help support their wonderful organization for the sake of the animals who couldn't help themselves and would have likely perished without them.

Donor

Rating: 5

SC Cares epitomizes compassion and caring. There is so much love that goes into the wonderful sanctuary they have created for these very special creatures. Cindy and Skip work really hard to ensure the animals have a clean and healthy environment. It is a very rewarding place yo volunteer, as the animals here have a way of thanking you for just being there. They know they are in a loving place.
We need more places like SC Cares, as they also work hard to educate people on animal abuse, the care required for exotics and the commitments and responsibilities required when owning an animal. The welcome people to visit with an appointment. I encourage people to support this nonprofit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary goes as far as humanly possible to care for a wide range of wild animals, promotes proper education to all ages, and helps the community when a wild animal needs medical care and placement. While this all sounds routine it is far from that! This husband and wife team has dedicated their life to these animals. Even while the husband was newly diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment they both continued to put the animals and public first. So much compassion just exudes from both of them and they need the financial assistance to keep the Sanctuary properly up and running. The public needs to keep this Sanctuary going. Factual and compassion is needed to be taught by the Sanctuary to the general public. Please consider any amount of dollar assistance to this most WONDERFUL facility. This place is a little gem of humanity, love, devotion, caring, compassion. Thank you for your consideration, Joan House

Nancy262

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SC-Cares is a much needed and often overlooked sanctuary in Georgetown County, SC. Cindy and staff treat each resident with more love and compassion than some people treat their elderly parents! As a part-time volunteer, I see the need for a donation that would be considered "pennies from heaven". It would enable the facility to complete the unfinished aviary giving a larger home for more than 75 large unwanted birds.
Winning $20,000 would make a huge difference!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I knew the couple who started this great Wildlife Sanctuary before they did it. I remember the hope they had for what they wanted to do. They sold everything they owned so they could set up a place to put exotic unwanted/neglected/orphaned/abused and any other reason an animal needed, and give sanctuary to them. It truly is an animal sanctuary in every sense of the word, and they give each and every one of their rescues time and attention, medical care and love. I toured their facility a few years ago and was astounded at how much they have accomplished even under great difficulties and setbacks. They are always hoping to expand to help even more animals in need but need the funds to do it. If anyone deserves a reward for all they do, SC-CARES does.

Bradley F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the founders of SC-CARES through my father, who performed pro-bono legal work for them when they moved to Georgetown, SC and opened up the sanctuary. Since that time I have experienced the pleasure of witnessing their unyielding commitment to not only those animals in their direct care, but to animals outside of the sanctuary. Skip and Cindy understand these precious and spiritual beings need love, comfort and stability, since most of them come from chaotic circumstances of which they had no choice. Cindy and Skip take measures to avoid placing undue stress on the animals and have made a lifelong commitment to providing a final home for these majestic beings.