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Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary

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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sandi C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Took a tour of this wonderful heartfelt sanctuary. Our hearts were touched by the love given to each and every animal on the grounds. Please donate to this wonderful place to help keep the animals with food, shelter and medicine. It is an enormous undertaking to take Care of all these creatures and this couple has accomplished so much on a small budget. These animals need our help.

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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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

SC - C.A.R.E.S. is a true donation-run animal sanctuary. With more than 150 animals of all kinds, there's never a dull moment. The aviary is a special treat, full of flight activity and colorful voices.
Caretakers Cindy and Skip offer heartwarming stories of how their residents have overcome mistreatment and neglect to recover and live out their lives in peace.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became interested in SC CARES when I moved here 5 years ago. The owner would write such wonderful articles in The Sun paper and I decided I wanted to see this place for myself. I had never seen many of her animals anywhere else except the zoo. The amount of work that goes into caring for these animals on a day to day basis is staggering. It's hard work and few volunteers are willing to do what it takes. It would be great if they could hire someone to help on a full time basis. Please provide them with as much financial support as possible.

Meg_15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited and helped one time. I wish I could go everyday and give them a million dollars. They give all they got everyday and it is exhausting but they keep on plugging along. Even with Skips cancer and brutal chemo treatments they kept this place going.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have a dear friend who volunteers on a regular basis and I hear wonderful stories about their good works and unending love and devotion for these rescued animals. True love! Her husband also builds tortoise homes for the rescued tortoises. Attend their annual Dinner and raffle! Good fun and benefits SC Cares!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone truly cares about the animals here and work well as a team to provide the best care possible.

2 Ashley133

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The love & compassion that is given to all these animals is tremendous. Cindy, Skip & all the others do a wonderful job ensuring that these precious critters have a safe & healthy place to call home.

2 Melanie51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Up until late February of this year, I had been a hands on, get down and dirty (and bitten...hehehe), volunteer for SC CARES for over 3 years. Unfortunately health issues have gotten in my way and I am no longer able to work intimately with the wonderful creatures who live there. I hate waking up on Saturday mornings now knowing I cannot go interact with my creature friends which was my stress relief after a long week at work. I now donate monthly, I am trying to do fund raising activities, and anything else I am able to do for them (like "Walk for a Dog" every day when I walk my pups and they then donate to SC CARES). SC CARES is awesome! They do wonderful things for every creature until they close their eyes for the final time. Please help them however you can! Go to their webpage and donate! Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Skip and Cindy are amazing people and have dedicated so much time and effort into caring for these animals. It is beyond a full time job for them and I am envious of their dedication. I recently went on a service trip to volunteer at the sanctuary and it was one of the best experiences of my life! They somehow manage to run the sanctuary and an ice cream shop in town, where Skip hand makes all the flavors (and its amazing ice cream too!). They are so passionate about this cause and deserve a lot more recognition.

3 Kim_158

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the summer, I, along with about 36 other individuals had a tour at SC-Cares. Cindy, Skip and all the volunteers were most knowledgeable, experienced and wonderful tour guides. they showed how much they all c
ared about each animal at the center and have a vested interest in their well being. I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful things that are happening there and wish more people knew about this center and provided them with the needed support and means to provide for all the animals. Kudos to all they do and here's to many more years of caring and compassion for those creatures that cannot speak for themselves. I'm sure Pickles, the one bird there, would express it's gratitude and say "Thank you for caring for, rescuing, and loving me!"