Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Anderson, South Carolina 2014

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Today in Anderson, South Carolina and across the U.S. , people came together by hanging bags of donated food on their mailboxes.  The United States Postal Service collaborated with various charities in helping with the distribution of these bags of food.  #stampouthungerfooddrive was a great opportunity for Anderson Interfaith Ministries to continue helping our community!!

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South Carolina Will Not Tolerate Animal Cruelty! Or do We??

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Have you noticed all the chatter on Facebook regarding animal cruelty!!  I have and so have some other advocates. I do not understand the complaining though. Do we really care about these animal cruelty Laws in South Carolina. I personally think we suck at it overall, as animal lovers!  Sure its noble to help lost, injured, and pets waiting for adoption. Those that do, get my utmost respect for “Stepping Up” and doing what is necessary to help our animals. What about the Laws themselves?  You know… The animal cruelty laws that were broke, ignored or compromised because no one was held accountable; or did not let our local/state officials know they were not doing a good job. How about the laws that animal abusers repeated over and over because there was no Law for a registry of animal abusers.  Sex offenders have a registry… Why?  Well because we do not want these offenders anywhere near our kids, that’s why!  We want to know WHO abuses our children and WHERE they live now!  What is the difference between children and pets?  Both require our constant attention and nurturing. We also expect law enforcement to do their job in a timely and effective manner and make dam sure they know about it when they mess up!   Animal Control is no different!  So quit complaining and showing pictures of abused animals, if you are not going to Step Up and help make it change!!   What can you do???  Well… Start by contacting SCRAPS, or PETS IN SC. Let us know you want change!   We can direct you from there…   Feel comfortable contacting local officials/State Legislators yourself… Awesome!!  All we ask is that you tell South Carolina WE will not tolerate Animal Cruelty Anymore!!!  Otherwise do us and Facebook a favor and quit complaining!!  Respectfully Yours… SCRAPS!

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

Meals on Wheels helps feed Senior’s Pets

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Originally posted on Petmd:

February 28, 2014 /

 

I want to bring to your attention a program for low-income or disabled seniors: Meals on Wheels for Pets. Many people who are struggling to feed themselves also struggle to care for their pets, sometimes the only companionship they have.

 

We know that the human-animal bond can be very strong. During Hurricane Katrina, many people would not leave their homes because they couldn’t take their pets with them. They opted to face a very dangerous situation so as not to abandon their pets. Situations like these continue, so much so that when historic floods hit my part of Colorado last year, the National Guard made a point of evacuating people with their pets. They realized it was the only way that many people would leave.

 

But what would you do if you could not afford pet food? In the past, many people were left with only one option — taking their pets to the local animal shelter. However, these facilities are overrun and often must euthanize healthy animals. According to the Humane Society of the United States, three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized each year.

 

In recent years, workers from Meals on Wheels have begun to notice that their clients were giving some or all of their food to their pets. This can result in the person not getting the proper nutrition he or she needs and may be dangerous for the pets as well.

 

Owners are often unaware that some human foods can be toxic to pets. Grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, chocolate, avocados, and macadamia nuts are just some of the foods that can be deadly to animals. Fatty foods (like some cuts of meats and bacon grease) can cause problems ranging from mild digestive tract upset to very serious cases of pancreatitis. Bones are especially dangerous to dogs in that some types (like chicken or turkey bones) can splinter, potentially causing serious damage to the mouth, esophagus, or intestinal tract. Bones can also cause gastrointestinal obstructions. Digestive tract upset may occur when dogs eat a variety of different foods as they tend to do better on a consistent diet.

 

Over the past 15 years or so, several animal groups have partnered with the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to provide pet food in addition to feeding seniors. In 2006, MOWAA established a program called “We All Love Our Pets” (WALOP), a national initiative to help provide high quality meals for both seniors and their pets. People who qualify for Meals on Wheels will likely qualify to receive pet food as well.

 

Most of the pet food comes from donation bins in pet stores and markets. Organizations and individuals can also give money to Meals on Wheels. There is never enough food in these programs, and donations are always welcome. Other sources for pet food for low income owners include pet food banks and pantries, which are found in almost every major city in the United States.

 

Additionally, Pets of the Homeless is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides pet food and veterinary care in communities across the United States and Canada. This group states that 5-10 percent of the 3.5 million homeless people in the U.S. have pets. Feeding their pets is one way to help the homeless.

 

As the cost of food skyrockets and the average median income remains the same, it gets more difficult to feed ourselves and our pets. These programs help keep owners and pets together during the difficult times when we need each other the most.

 

Dr. Jennifer Coates

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Non-Profits Collaborating for Efficiency and Transparency to Attract Donors.

Abstract from the Greenville Journal, “Navigating nonprofits”  March 14, 2014.

There is a growing need within the nonprofit community to consider a merger with other similar companies.  …”independently minded folks”  start a nonprofit to fill that need, said Reid Lehman, director of Miracle Hill Ministries.  However, they don’t always survey the existing landscape to see if their cause could “nest within another organization,” he went on to mention that there is opportunity for collaboration among nonprofits that rescue animals and those dealing with environmental issue…  As more and more nonprofits emerge in South Carolina (5,852 in 2000 to 14,428,  501(c)(3) registered companies/Source: SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations), to “fill a need,”  there is a growing competitiveness among those seeking donations.  This leaves one to wonder if smaller nonprofits are efficient enough to compete effectively, or is the need to nest within a similar well-established organization key to efficiency.

…Wading through the appeals for funds can be daunting, and donors should educate themselves before giving, says John Cocciolone, executive director of the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board.  Some nonprofits are scams and use similar names to well-known organizations and other tactics to attract funds.  Making the choice based on how much a nonprofit spends on programs versus administration has been publicized as a particularly useful indicator-but Cocciolone suggests donors avoid using it as the only guide.  The comparison is a good indicator for larger well-established nonprofits, he said, but smaller organizations will have a higher percentage of administration costs as a natural consequence of their size…

Do Your Research Before You Donate:  Here are a list of companies dedicated to non-profit transparency.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/

http://www.guidestar.org/

http://nccs.urban.org/   (National Center on Charitable Statistics)

http://charitywatch.org/

http://scsos.com/  (SC Secretary of State)

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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