Did you know that 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States
compared to only 10,000 humans?
In six years, one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies. In seven
years, one female cat and her young can produce 420,000 cats! There can never be
enough homes for all of the animals, unless we work together to reduce animal
According to official county records, thousands of homeless dogs and cats are
euthanized every year. What can you do to help prevent this tragedy? You can spay and
neuter your pets and encourage your friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers to do
the same. Spaying and neutering helps your pets live a longer, healthier life. It can reduce
the incidences of cancer and many communicable diseases. Altered pets are less likely
to bite and roam away from home. Contact your veterinarian today to make an
appointment. If you or someone you know would like to have an animal spayed (females)
or neutered (males), but cannot afford it, please, contact us, as we may be able to help.
You can also sponsor a friend or neighbor’s pet for spay/neuter with their written
In addition to spaying and neutering, as a responsible pet owner you need to protect your
animals from some of the extra dangers that they may encounter in a rural community.
Animals that bother livestock are sometimes found poisoned or shot. Dogs that run
loose, even in their own neighborhood, run the risk of being picked up by "bunchers" who
will sell them to research laboratories. If you have a small dog, cat, or rabbit, watch out for
dogs running in a pack, who may attack your animal right in your own yard.
How can you protect your pet?
Keep it in your home, on a leash or in a fenced yard at all times. Make sure that your pet
has a collar with a rabies tag and a tag with your phone number and "reward" on it. Have
your pet "micro chipped" so that it can be identified even without the collar. Develop a
neighborhood watch for strange trucks and vans in your area. If you must find a new home
for your animal, contact the Humane Society or place an ad in the newspaper and charge
a fee. Never place a "free to a good home" ad in the newspaper, because bunchers
answer them. Get a rabies shot for your pet every year since it could be bitten by a rabid
wild animal like a raccoon. Give your pet a heart-worm pill every month, because living in
a lake community means more mosquitoes, who carry heart-worm disease.
Feral Cat Colonies
What is a feral cat colony?
A feral colony is a social group of cats who avoid human contact, and breed with each
other to create a growing population of homeless cats.
They are born outdoors and usually are hidden by their mothers; they have little or no
human contact in the formative months. As they are often nocturnal, you may not be
aware of their presence or total colony size.
You might be aware of the spraying, nighttime mating, and the strong smell of urine from
the intact males. Adult feral cats are not good candidates for adoption, unless someone
is willing to spend considerable time with them... Feral kittens, however, can be
socialized to live with humans if they are taken from a feral colony before they are about
twelve weeks old.
Feral Cat Program
The Board, Volunteers, and Friends of Pet Haven of South Carolina operate a Feral Cat
Program to help the unfortunate feral cat populations in South Carolina. Our aim is to set
up feeding stations, trap the cats when possible, get them spayed/neutered, allow them
to recuperate, and then, hopefully, socialize them. We will even assist you, if you would
like to build a feeding station yourself. If the cat is unable to be socialized, we will release
them to farms that offer the cats shelter and food or return them to their original habitat.
Our goal is to STOP the overpopulation of cats by spaying and neutering and helping find
good homes for those that we can. It is of utmost importance that by reading this you will
get a sense of our commitment to helping animals and promoting our NO KILL policy and
our continued community support. We will provide the guidance and assistance you may
need to help a feral cat colony stop producing and find homes for the little kittens, who
can surely be socialized.
If you are witness to a feral cat colony and would like to help stop their overproduction
and help save them, please contact us.