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This is an age of disposable items, disposable cups, razors, plates, diapers and more. There is something however that should never be disposable. Companion animals, dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are not disposable.

But if you think about it, we treat them like they are disposable. We take them to county shelters to be “put down” and we throw them away like trash.

If you think this is unacceptable, then now is the time to speak up. If you are waiting for somebody to do something, then be that somebody. Join us to build an army of compassion that will save these wonderful animals from death.

Throughout our great nation there has been a NO KILL movement for over 20 years. Our thinking is if Los Angeles with tens of thousands of animals can become NO KILL, then surely Orangeburg and Calhoun counties can also become NO KILL.

There is really no reason or excuse for us to continue to kill, when we can do something to change. Right now there is momentum to make these changes. Second Chance of Orangeburg Animal Rescue Coalition, Friends of Orangeburg County Animal Control and many other rescues in our area are working hard to stop these loving, sweet animals from dying. But it’s going to take all of us. We need to share this story. Share it with your friends, your church, your fellow employees and your family. Share the story with anyone who will listen. Share on your Facebook page and share on your Twitter accounts.

The story begins with once upon a time there was this precious puppy. This puppy loved and trusted his family to love him as much as he loved them, but unfortunately this precious puppy’s family betrayed his trust. They didn’t understand the hurt and pain they caused when they took this puppy to animal control. First this puppy was terrified, all the noise, the cold, no one to hold and love him, and then this puppy got sick and when he was picked up it wasn’t to love and care for him the way he would have loved and cared for you. Instead those hands took his precious life and he never got to do what puppies do best … love and protect their families. Now this story isn’t meant to villianize animal control. The staff at animal control works hard to save lives too, but until county government states we are NO KILL, they have no choice but to do their job.

Now it’s your choice whether or not this story ends with happily ever after. You need to join the army of compassionate, caring people who will no longer tolerate or find it acceptable to take this puppies life.

Immediately you can save this life by going to Orangeburg County Animal Control and foster or adopt one of the wonderful dogs and cats sitting on death row. They are unconditional love. Friends of Animal Control will be glad to help you.

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In the long term you can join our fight and it starts with sharing the story. NO KILL is collaboration, a partnership, and it can’t work if you wait for somebody else to do something.

In the upcoming weeks, you will hear more, including dates to come together to discuss how we will meet our goal. Please like Second Chance of Orangeburg Animal Rescue Coalition on Facebook and follow our story. Until then, share the story, save a life, foster or adopt an animal from animal control.

— Cindy B. Smith, Second Chance of Orangeburg Animal Rescue Coalition

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