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Matilda Dogwalker

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Review for Animal Shelter of Clarendon County, Manning, SC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been affiliated with this non-profit, 501(c)3, no-kill shelter since about 2006, first as a volunteer, then Secretary on the Board, then Office Administrator for three years. During this time the people and the animals I have worked with have filled a void in my life that no one or nothing else ever could. I've been there through many managers, kennel workers, volunteers and the public. I've laughed, cried, reasoned, mediated, greeted, compromised, worried, walked and socialized dogs, scooped poop (and worn it a few times), and I wouldn't trade any of it for a million dollars--although the Shelter could sure use that kind of a big fat donation to support their spay/neuter program and save more animals. You see, the Shelter rescues as many dogs as possible from the County's Animal Control Facility, and finds them new FUR-ever homes.

The animals are fed and cared for, and the Shelter kennels are cleaned and sanitized daily by the dedicated staff, who often go above and beyond for the sake of the dogs and cats. The need for more volunteers to walk and socialize the dogs is critical. All dogs and cats adopted from ASCC are fully vetted--spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, dewormed, deflea'd. That's quite a deal for the low adoption fees they charge.

The citizens of Clarendon County and our members outside the county are the Shelter's "bread and butter" so to speak. The Shelter gets NO government financial support, and relies solely on proceeds from A Second Chance Thrift Store (in downtown Manning) and donations from membership and friends of the animals.

I strongly urge anyone who is not presently involved in animal rescue to get involved in some way. If you're not physically able to volunteer, then please donate. If you can't volunteer because it would break your heart--then donate. Donations of towels, blankets, pet beds, food, treats and $$ are needed. Gift certificates are available for low-cost spay/neuter. When "In Memory Of" and "In Honor Of" donations are received, a thank you card is sent to the donator and an announcement card is sent to the family of the pet or person being remembered.
If you become a Member you'll receive news about all the shelter's happenings via e-mail or postal mail.

You can visit the Shelter's website at: www.ASecondChanceAnimalShelter.com for more information and Paypal donations, or mail a check to: ASCAS, 5079 Alex Harvin Hwy, Manning, SC 29102

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Donate more money (if I had it) to build a heated, air conditioned building where potential adopters and volunteers could go to sit, play with, and spend quality time with the dogs and cats.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer