PICKENS COUNTY — All Dogs Of Pickens Transport — better known as A.D.O.P.T. — has been quietly making a difference in the lives of homeless dogs and cats for years.
But eventually, even small ripples turn into waves and A.D.O.P.T. has gone from a tiny struggling organization to a serious rescue operation — and striking up some serious partnerships along the way.
“Well, we have partnered with PetSmart in Easley,” said Jodi Currin, A.D.O.P.T. spokesperson. “And we are holding an adoption event on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of their store in Easley.”
But PetSmart isn’t the only major outlet that has thrown their support behind the volunteers and the pups. Starbucks decided to get involved too.
“Our newest partner, Starbucks, will be serving brewed coffee for first two hours of our event on the 25th,” said Currin. “We’re calling it our ‘Spring Fling.’”
“We are so happy with out two new partners, to help promote public awareness of the overpopulation problem in Pickens County, and to get the animals new homes. Public awareness is the key,” she said.
In addition to pulling adoptable but unclaimed dogs out of the Pickens County Animal Control facility — and saving them from almost certain euthanasia — A.D.O.P.T. also runs a low cost spay and neuter program.
As much as these services are needed in the area, they come at a cost — and A.D.O.P.T. runs solely on donations from the public.
“We recently had to buy $550 worth of much needed transport crates,” said Currin. “The ones we had were 11-years-old and they were just worn out. Doors were broke, sides were chewed. Many still need to be replaced.”
Currently, Currin said the main needs for the A.D.O.P.T. crew are travel crates, towels for their spay and neuter program and of course, cash.
“Monetary donations pay for everything from van upkeep to insurance and gas,” she said. “Things like power bills can sneak up on you, especially when the temperature fluctuates so suddenly.
“We do this out of our own pocket to reduce the intake of animals that end up at Animal Control,” Currin said. “It’s a win win: less breeding, less killed, tax dollars saved.”
Currin stated that A.D.O.P.T. had brought the intake of animals from 8,000 a year down to 2,400.
“We have saved hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars,” said Currin. “Please help us keep up the good work.”
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.