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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Shelter Animal Advocates is a non profit corporation registered as a public charity in SC, The Heart Beat Goes On campaign is designed to find rescue for heartworm positive dogs on death row in Aiken county SC and raise funds for their treatment and find them forever home.

Results: We have saved 600 heartworm positive dogs since August 2013.

Target demographics: animals in public shelters particularly those on death row due to heartworm disease

Direct beneficiaries per year: 268 dogs

Geographic areas served: Aiken County SC

Programs: the HeartBeat Goes On campagin to raise funds for treatment, treat the dogs for heartworms and find forever homes and educate the public on heartworm disease

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Susan512

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a foster home for this organization for two years. This rescue is a honest and caring rescue. They accept all adoptable dogs who test heartworm positive from our local shelter and raise funds for their treatment. 100% of all funds go the the treatment and care of the animals. They also stand behind their dogs and work to find the best home for each dog, either by transferring them to a trusted northern rescue or adopting them to local homes. Pictured below is Pete, one of my foster dogs.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with Shelter Animals Advocates was wonderful. Nicole was very honest and it was refreshing to know she not only had a desire to find the best adoption fit for our family but also, just as importantly, to make sure that we were the best fit for the pets they had available for adoption. I can tell there is a genuine concern for the well being of their pets. She provided very sound advice and was able to match us with Amelia who in a short time has become a true treasure to our family! We absolutely adore her and she is the perfect fit for us! If you are looking for individuals that truly care about their pets and will work closely with you during the adoption process, I would definitely recommend Shelter Animals Advocates.

3 Arlene O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring individuals going above and beyond for dogs that others have given up on. So many won't even try with heart worm positive, or pit bulls. This group embraces both! Please volunteer, foster, donate, adopt today! All you will feel is love!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We heard about an adoption event near our home from a friend and we were ready to expand our home. Not wanting to go to a breeder but wanting to rescue a dog . We rode to town and looked at the dog we thought we had chosen but then we say him sitting there. Kingsley! A beautiful wonderful Pit mix, yes they were all beautiful and wonderful. there he sat with his red ball.
We had to have him! The volunteers took wonderful care of us and were quite thorough with their services. the contracts are drawn up to insure the safety of the animals and the background and home visits are done to be sure they are going to a safe place.
I received all of Kingsley's medical records and nothing was held back. I had a clear picture of where we stood. I have a healthy happy well adjusted dog thanks to Shelter Animal Advocates, the Foster families they use and the medical treatment they provide for these otherwise doomed future family members.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I could give them 10 stars. When you meet and talk with the people involved with this organization, you know right away that this is their passion! They really are the advocates for animals that might not be adopted, and they champion and fight hard to rehabilitate and save each animal they take into their shelter. I'm so proud to have adopted my dog Maisie from them!

4 Debbie215

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I see numerous situations in which this rescue is the saving grace a dog has needed. The selfless, caring volunteers continually put their needs and emotions on hold to help the greatest sufferers of abuse, neglect and abandonment. I read numerous accounts of the amazing recoveries these dogs make due to the hard work of these advocates. They are truly a treasured resource in Aiken County!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Top notch group. They really go the extra mile to make sure their animals find the best home. My family adopted the perfect dog for us. Great experience.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first Shelter Animals Advocates adoption event I helped with has certainly stayed in my heart. It's a story of two dogs who were pals. One was adopted, and the other was left behind and became quite obviously very despondent. But, then came that glorious adoption day I was blessed to be a part of which led to these two buddies being brought back together into their forever home by the adopting family. You could see the happiness and light in their eyes and the immediate connection with the wonderful people who made the commitment to make them a part of their lives.

I've only just begun to work with/help this wonderful pet rescue operation. Already, I've seen the results of the hard work, dedication, and true caring of the volunteers who have saved hundreds of dogs and found good families for them. It makes me happy and proud to think of the love which has been saved.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unbelievable people doing unbelievable things for our community

4 Merance A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have interacted with this non-profit group for over 2 years. I have volunteered in the past to foster dogs for them, take dogs to vet appointments and transports, etc,. This is an incredibly hard-working group that rescues dogs that would have had NO chance of being saved without their intervention. This group specializes in dogs with Heartworm which normally would not be adopted out by our shelter (they choose to simply euthanize them, because of the high cost of treatment). The hoops this group has to go to to save each dog is incredible - Heartworm treatment is time-consuming and expensive, so they must raise funds for every dog they want to save, find a place for it to stay while it undergoes treatment (which takes about a month), and once the dog is healthy and heartworm negative, find it a home. Our shelter (like many) has a lot of bully breeds and special needs dogs. Most rescues know these dogs can be hard to place. This group does not discriminate against these often misunderstood and overlooked dogs. While this is great, it often means it takes longer for them to find the perfect home adding to the expense and difficulty of rescuing these kinds of dogs. They need ongoing support to continue to save and treat these dogs. I have fostered several heartworm positive dogs that were WONDERFUL dogs and went on to forever homes with families that love them. Here are a few cuties that they saved and I fostered.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing! I adopted my loving pet from them and have never been happier!

4 Liz_89

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family was looking for a dog to add to our family and came across Ghost, a white lab,Dalmatian,boxer mix on the petsmartcharitities website, which linked me to the shelter animal advocates of Graniteville. We filled out the application and I received a call the next day screening us for adoption and setting up time to meet Ghost. They spoke to my references to ensure we would be a safe adoption for Ghost and I appreciate that so much. Ghost was a stray picked up and found to be heart worm positive. This organization rescued him, treated him, and helped him find the right home (with my family!) :)
We were able to met Ghost and take him home with us after a few days from the adoption application. The shelter animals advocates will be following up with a home visit in the next few days.
I am so happy to have found Ghost through the website, he has been an awesome addition to our family.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shelter Animals Advocates The HeartBeat Goes On Campaign is an amazing rescue that does fantastic things for the heartworm positive dogs at the local shelter! I've been volunteering with them for over two years and can attest with first hand knowledge that every penny goes to the dogs and that every dog is loved and matched with the correct home. This rescue really goes above and beyond to help these unwanted dogs!! In addition to volunteering, I also adopted a dog through this rescue. She was a 10 year old GSD that was severely underweight, afraid, sick, and HW positive. No other rescue would help her! I've now had her for two years and she has been an amazing addition to my family! She would never have made it out of the shelter alive without Shelter Animals Advocates.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people are amazing and they genuinely care about saving these animals! I am so glad that I met them! They helped get my foster the attention he needed and he was adopted to a loving home! I recommend everyone to adopt or foster for this awesome group! You won't be disappointed !

4 Misty22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our dog Matilda has been the best dog and came from an excellent foster through this system :) We love her and will adopt again when the time is right ;) -The Smith Family

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shelter Animal Advocates rescues the dogs who wouldn't otherwise make it out of the county shelter. They've save over 600 heartworm positive dogs, working tirelessly to make this happen! They are always looking for volunteers, so consider this 501c3!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group works tirelessly to rescue heart worm positive dogs that would otherwise be killed at the local shelter. They have been advocates for saving so many deserving dogs and have done so much to educate the public as well as influence policies governing the local county shelter. Every penny that is donated goes exactly to the intended purpose -- saving dogs lives. They never give up!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shelter Animal Advocates saves the dogs who would otherwise never make it out of the county shelter! 600 heartworm positive dogs and counting - great job by all involved!

4 Toni K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group helps the animals in astounding ways. Their program is greatly needed and much appreciated by the community! Keep up the good work! Woof woof!

4 Polly8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shelter Animals Advocates and the HeartBeat Goes On programs are really quite extraordinary. Started by two women, who saw the need and had the vision, they have gained strength and momentum over the past 3 years of being in the 'business' of saving dogs' lives. The leaders of these groups work tirelessly, against all odds, to network and save dogs while keeping 'normal' day jobs. They have recruited many local foster parents for the dogs. There are over one hundred rescues working with them to help fund and transport the dogs from the shelter to the veterinarians to the foster homes to the transport vehicles and finally, to the new adoptive homes. These ladies do all the fund raising themselves as well. If you ever need a reliable charity to whom you'd like to donate and you love dogs, these two really deserve it. They spend every penny received on the dogs' care. Below I've posted a "before and after". When this dog was found, chained up and abandoned, heart worm positive with a bloody neck from his collar, he weighed 39 pounds and was riddled with fleas and internal parasites. By the time he left his foster home, he was in perfect health and weighed 65 pounds. Shelter Animals Advocates is a wonderful and amazing organization for these dogs. They deserve all the recognition they can get!