Rantin: Don't forget the pets

12/16/2013 8:17 PM

02/08/2014 6:45 PM

The S.C. Bar Animal Law Committee’s 2013 Holiday Pet Food Drive continues through the end of the month. Items will be donated to various pet food pantries throughout the state.

Needed items include canned and dry dog and cat food, dog and cat treats and cat litter.

The drive was developed to provide pet food to South Carolina families dealing with financial hardship in order to help more families keep their pets rather than surrender them to a municipal shelter.

“The holidays can be tough on budgets, and we want to make sure pets throughout South Carolina are able to stay in their homes and are taken care of,” Katie Phillips, coordinator of this year’s food drive. “Every little bit helps.”

Items can dropped off at the following locations:

•  The Humane Society – 121 Humane Lane
•  Malone, Thompson, Summers & Ott – 339 Heyward St., Suite 200
•  Pawmetto Lifeline – 1275 Bower Parkway
•  Research Planning – 1121 Park St.

Humane Society grant is PetSmart

The Humane Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Columbia recently received the second installment of a $66,000 grant from PetSmart Charities.

The money is being used for cat and dog owners in Gaston and Swansea and to help manage overpopulation of cats and dogs.

The first $33,400 provided 800 surgeries. The clinic expects to provide 1,600 free spay and neuter surgeries through the end of next year.

“This grant is an important part of humanely managing the feral cat population in our community,” said executive director, Wayne Brennessel. “The best way to manage this issue is to spay and neuter our own pets. PetSmart Charities has been a significant source of support as we work to provide free surgeries to responsible pet owners whose animals need the surgeries.”

For more information on the Humane Society or about the surgeries or how to schedule one, call (803) 783-1267.

A necessary connection

Sistercare women’s shelter is collecting old and used cellphones.

Newly recycled cellphones provided to Sistercare are distributed to survivors in emergency situations.

Sistercare officials say the phones are lifelines for survivors of domestic violence, helping them become self-sufficient and provide for their children.

Sistercare works with Shelter Alliance to recycle the donated cellphones.

To donate a phone, call (803) 926-0505 or mail them to Sistercare at P.O. Box 1029, Columbia, SC 29202.

About Bertram Rantin

Bertram Rantin


Bertram Rantin is The State's metro columnist with a current focus on the inspirational people and community helpers in Columbia, SC, and the Midlands. Rantin has covered a variety of areas during his tenure at the newspaper including local government, schools, sports, features, transportation, volunteerism and non profits. Email Bertram at brantin@thestate.com or call him at (803) 771-8306.

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