The Aiken County Animal Shelter and the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare in Aiken, SC were the recipients recently of about 150 teddy bears and other stuffed animals.
The stuffed critters were donated to Newtown, Conn., after the school shooting. Jennifer Miller, president of Friends of the Animals Shelter in Aiken contacted the person in charge of the warehouse holding the stuffed animals.
Jennifer was able to secure a pallet of the stuffed animals and also a discount on shipping from UPS.
Jennifer said that they average sometimes 20 to 30 puppies a day who need foster homes. The puppies love to play and snuggle with the stuffed animals, and help them transition from the warmth of their mothers.
Puppies that are less than 12 weeks old need foster homes because they are too young to be adoped. A healthy, quiet space is needed for the puppies who need their puppy shots. A foster home is ideal because it is a secure feeling environment for the puppies.
A person interested in fostering a puppy needs to visit the shelter, fill out an application and request a standard home inspection, A county staff member will then come out to the home to be sure it is up to standards needed.
The normal cost to adopt a dog or a cat is $70 which includes adoption, spaying or neutering, microchipping and shots.
WSOCTV reported this story on Sunday, March 3.