South Carolina's annual pet adoption event, "Pick Me! SC," will begin this week. Between June 18 - 27, 50 shelters across South Carolina will offer "no-fee" or "low-fee" adoptions in an attempt to find homes for 1,500 pets.
The event is in conjunction with No Kill South Carolina 2024, an initiative created by the Charleston Animal Society to ensure no shelter can unnecessarily euthanize animals by the year 2024.
"Pick Me! SC" is organized by Petco Love who, along with Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, advocate for the lifesaving power of fostering to inspire animal lovers nationwide to foster this National Foster a Pet Month in June.
For shelter pets and the people who love them, 2020 was a banner year — fewer animals entered shelters, while pet fostering and adoption demand soared, resulting in record low euthanasia rates.
“Shelter pets were there for us through 2020; fostering is a way for us to be there for them now,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “As life goes back to normal, let’s not forget our nation’s shelter pets.”
Contrary to recent claims, national shelter data does not support the assertion that “pandemic pets” are now being surrendered to shelters as people return to work. However, as shelters reopen to the public and ease restrictions, the number of pets entering shelters is beginning to normalize to pre-pandemic levels and will likely continue to rise due to expected summer increases of kittens.
Fostering is vital, not only during a pandemic, but all the time. To help create a new normal where we continue to save pet lives together, Petco Love and Skechers are mobilizing animal lovers to foster a pet. If just 2% of the 85-million pet-owning households fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate preventable euthanasia in America’s shelters, saving the lives of 800,000 shelter animals at risk of euthanasia.
“Temporary fostering not only provides a home environment which is beneficial to the overall physical and emotional health of a pet but provides time for these pets to get adopted instead of being euthanized for lack of space,” said Kogut.
Throughout June, Petco Love will share foster resources and stories to show how fostering is easy, highly rewarding and significantly helps the U.S. become a lifesaving nation for animals. Petco Love and BOBS from Skechers will also recognize hardworking fosters from animal welfare organizations across the country to create awareness and encourage more people to foster in their community.
“As a philanthropic brand, we love welcoming new and experienced pet parents to fostering. It’s an important part of our commitment to saving shelter animals, and it’s as life-changing for those who foster as the pets they care for,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers, which has donated over $6.6 million to help save and support more than 1.2 million shelter pets. “Through our partnership with Petco Love, we’re excited to take part in National Foster a Pet Month and build on this event’s positive momentum to help save more lives year-round.”
Anyone planning to adopt an animal is encouraged to bring a leash for dogs and a carrier for cats.