Friends of Berkeley Animal Center hosted an adoption event and invited the public to see what dogs need a home

MONCKS CORNER, South Carolina – For the fourth consecutive year, the Friends of Berkeley Animal Center organized an adoption event and invited the public to Cypress Gardens to view canines in need of a home.

The event brought together dog lovers and people of the community to meet dogs, listen to music, eat or drink at vendor booths, and learn about what local organizations are doing to protect animals.

Olivia Whitehurst, president of the Friends of Berkeley Animal Center, stated that the primary objective of Saturday’s event is to bring together as many foster dogs from various organizations in the hopes that they will be adopted.

“It’s a way of giving back,” Whitehurst explained. “It is about saying, bring your animals, let’s adopt them. The Berkeley Animal Center is also present today with adoptable pets. Therefore, we hope that many animals be saved today.”

Thomas Hootman, kennel technician at the Berkeley Animal Shelter, stated that they brought 15 dogs to the event to be adopted, and as of 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, six dogs had been adopted.

“Sassy has been with us since June, and I shed a few tears as she left,” Hootman added. “She’s been with us for a long time, and to see such a great dog who’s also been with us for so long? We have no idea why she was finally adopted, but it warms the heart.”

Additionally, city council members participated in the dunk tank, with all revenues going to the shelter. Whitehurst stated that after Saturday’s fundraising, $1000 will be able to go directly into purchasing animal necessities.

Hootman stated, “We’ve been in a state of emergency for quite some time; we simply have too many dogs.” “To have an event such as this where we can actually be on exhibit, especially given that Cypress Gardens is free to the county, is a privilege. There are many opportunities to find terrific homes for wonderful pets.”

The Friends of Berkeley Animal Center have stated that they are raising funds to ensure that our Berkeley Animal Shelter is the best it can be.

Whitehurst stated, “This event will continue long after I am gone, we are saving more animals each year, and our awareness is growing.”

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