Time to end “Good Ole Boy” Metality in Pickens County South Carolina!

     PIckens county South Carolina is tired of the way animal cruelty is handled!  The operations of Pickens county Animal Control is operated in a 19th century atmosphere!  Animal cruelty cases are handled poorly and inefficiently. There is a meeting Monday the 21st at 6:30pm in the Administration Auditorium. This is our opportunity to address the Council about Animal Control. The Clerk to Council I spoke with, Donna Owen, gave me some tips. This is usually a non-interactive meeting. The Council members may or may not interact with us. Donna stated we SHOULD HAVE AS MANY SUPPORTERS AS POSSIBLE show up. Also she mentioned that we would have about 3 to 5 min to present our case. It would be best to have one speaker. Kim Jackson will speak on our behalf. Be the voice for the animals!! Show Pickens County Council we mean business!! Thank You!! 
Here is the link to the council website.
http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/council/default.aspx

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!

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