56,036+ Dogs & Cats in Pickens County South Carolina

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association some 56,036 dogs and cats are estimated in Pickens county South Carolina ( 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook/calculator formula).  Using the 2010 Census total population of 119,224 for Pickens county.  Then using the Demographics Sourcebook calculator formula, an estimated 26,780 dogs and 29,256 cats make up the population.  There were also 16,737 pet owning households for dogs and 13,940 pet owning households for cats.  Using the same formula but increasing the county population to an estimate of 119,670 (2010 Census population estimate for 2012), there is an increase total of 209 dogs/cats.  There was no 2013 estimated population given by the 2010 Census Bureau.  Of the pet owning households there is an average of 2.127 pets per house in Pickens.

What is even more alarming is the growing need to feed the pet population.  Imagine for a moment the number of people per household then figure in the number of pets.  Lets take it one step further and imagine a household with financial hardship.  Who gets to eat?  Frankly I don’t feel anyone should have to make this choice, let alone someone with limited mobility and/or financial hardship.  Did you know that Pickens county does have ANY pet food assistance for those in need?  I have done some research and have discovered that Pickens county community has fallen short, with the availability of pet food/supplies for families in need.

     My idea is based in two parts. 1) The need of a “pet food bank”; we have 3 large food bank organizations in the area. United Christian Ministries of Easley SC,   Harvest of Hope in Greenville, SC and Golden Harvest food bank in Liberty, SC. Neither of these charities offers assistance with pet food and/or supplies. 2) The need to deliver pet food/supplies to the elderly and/or disabled, (“Pet Meals on Wheels”). Our local Meals on Wheels does not offer pet assistance (though they are looking into changing this).
     I believe that families who struggle with feeding themselves, have just as much of a struggle with providing for their pets too; especially when the State Food Stamp program (SNAP), does not allow the purchase of pet products.  Consider the unemployed, the elderly and/or disabled;  some whom are even unable to drive to the local store, or simply live on a small fixed income.

I am looking to fill this void in our community first and foremost.  By providing a pet food bank this would be the foundation for those in need. From there it would expand to supply numerous animal shelters that fall short with their donations, while also supplying the pet meals on wheels program.  My theory is this, if  WE all pitch in a $1 (remember the 119,224 population) then the burden of feeding families and pets should reasonably start to slow.  SCRAPS is my food bank page on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/scrapspc  ( not yet a 501(c)(3) non-profit),  but looking to change that soon.  In the mean time please donate to our Meals on Wheels program  http://pcmow.org/   Lets help SCRAP family and pet hunger in our community!!   Please share and donate!  Big or Small it helps us ALL!


When is a Rescue Not a Rescue?

Absolutely informative information!! Do your research! You have a right to public information about a non-profit. Squail. 🙂

Dogpaddling Through Life

No one wants to buy from a puppy mill. But did you know that you could be even if you adopt?

That’s right! The Don’t Shop, Adoptcampaign has been so successful that some puppy mills are getting sneaky and setting up their own “rescues.”

What? Are you kidding me? What? Are you kidding me?

Oh, they look good.

They hold adoption events. They contract with a vet to provide care for the animals. Some even have 501(3)(c) status.

But all they’re really doing is “adopting” out the older puppies that weren’t sold. They’re not lying when they say the animals were removed from a puppy mill. They just don’t tell you THEY run the puppy mill.

Other so-called rescues are run by brokers who buy the puppies from the breeders, then turn around and “adopt” them out.

And they’re not just “adopting” out animals at the same rates they would have sold them for, they’re…

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World Press 2014: The Plight of the Fennec Fox

Picture of captive fennec fox

Story courtesy of NatGeo…

World Press 2014: The Plight of the Fennec Fox.

Strange But True: Finnish Reindeer Glow at Night to Prevent Accidents: PetMd


By AFP News    February 18, 2014 at 02:42PM / (0) comments

HELSINKI  – Glowing reindeer can be spotted in northern Finland thanks to a reflective spray which makes them more visible in a bid to prevent car accidents, Finnish reindeer breeders said Tuesday.


“We are hoping that it is so useful that we can use the spray in the entire region and on all reindeer, from young to old,” said Anne Ollila, head of Finland’s Reindeer Herders’ Association.


The association has started testing two reflective sprays on the animals’ antlers so they are more visible to motorists at night.


According to Ollila, there are between 3,000 and 5,000 accidents involving reindeer every year, which are “much deadlier for the reindeer than for the drivers.”


The trial period started last week, when the association sprayed the antlers of 20 reindeer in the Rovaniemi district, the capital of the Lapland region.


The animals were sprayed with two different types of reflective liquid: a more permanent one for the antlers and one that washes away for the fur.


If the test gives positive results, the association plans to spray more animals next autumn.


Lapland, one of Europe’s most sparsely populated regions, attracts thousands of tourists especially around Christmas as it claims to be the “home of Santa Claus”.

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Expose #Animal #Abusers in your State sign the #petition.

Please show your support and sign the Expose #Animal #Abusers #Petition for your State. Please share. Thank you, >>>> http://exposeanimalabusers.org/

Squail 🙂



Attention Animal Cruelty Advocates! February 28th 2014

     This is “OUR” opportunity to speak on behalf of the #animals. On #February 28th 2014 we have the chance to speak with the local #Legislators in your local area. Please click on the link to read more. Then Share the amazing #news.


Squail 🙂




South Carolina House Bill S.193 (Animal Cruelty)

Attention S.C. Animal Lovers!! I am asking you to contact your local Legislators and request them to amend a current bill in The House. (BILL S.193) Request that they introduce an #Animal Abuse Registry (modeled after child abuse registry) for those convicted of animal cruelty. The National Humane Education Society has an article on other States leaning towards this animal abuse registry. Our State currently ranks 46th in the Nation (2013 State Rankings for Animal Protection Laws/US Humane Society). **You can find your local representatives by clicking on the link below, then click on “Find Your Legislators” in the blue tab on the left**
Lets Continue Our Fight For Animal Welfare!!
Thank You


Squail theory: Pet cruelty gene examined.


     Squail here again.  Have you ever wondered why humans are cruel towards animals?  I feel that there are a number of possibilities.  Lets examine some of the reasons for this.  I will start by saying overall we pets live harmonically with humans.  As an avid lover of my parents, I am proud to say they treat me well.  I am provided all t he necessities that a cat such as myself could need or want.  Humans that are uncaring, unwilling, or just uneducated send a chill down my back.  In my many wanderings around the neighborhood, I cannot help but notice my peers.  Their faces speak to me in the name of neglect.  Call it lack of companionship, food, freedom, or warmth; Either way it’s unjust.

     Lets look at humans in general;  Most have a natural tendency of love and acceptance towards animals,  generally speaking of course.  They are social creatures in search of belonging.  From birth they are dependent upon nurturing parents to guide them into a life of  self-reliance.  As they grow this feeling of social acceptance usually follows, provided basic needs are still met.  These needs reinforce the young human’s dependency of their parents. In return the young human offers love, respect and obedience in return, “generally”.  Occasionally the needs of these youngins’ are null en-void.  Resentment, distrust and even anger oftentimes accompany them as time goes by.  This nurturing that should have prepared the young human for adulthood is now instilled permanently in behavior.  As a result an individual may or may not act humanely in our favor.

     What determines whether an individual acts inhumanely towards an animal or not?  To say that humans are predetermined to cause unnecessary actions towards animals is very questionable in my mind.   A flawed gene could allow such actions rendering the individual  unaware.  In my opinion this outcome is less than likely, though not impossible.  This then brings us back to environment.  Some humans possibly choose cruelty as a form of empowerment.  Some may even engage inhumanly as a result of ignorance.  Whatever the reason, educating the public is crucial to our survival as animals.  After all we cannot speak for ourselves.  Unless your name is Squail, and you manage a blog.

Landfill Dogs Project

touch of home

I was very touched by this story about Shannon Johnstone, a photographer, helping homeless dogs find their furever home in North Carolina. She photographs the dogs at the landfill…this is where they end up without a home. Shannon gives a face to those dogs that society has forgotten and transformed a landfill into a thing of beauty.

Reblogged from The Lazy Pit Bull

Saving The Landfill Dogs

January 29, 2014 / By Christina Berry / 3 Comments

Landfill Dogs

I can’t tell you how moved I am by the work of Shannon Johnstone, a North Carolina photographer who is putting her incredible talent to good use, helping homeless dogs find their forever families.

Shannon’s project, Landfill Dogs, began in 2012 as a quest to “offer an individual face to the souls that are lost because of overpopulation, and give these animals one last chance.”

That’s what Karsten, pictured above, got…

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