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Concerned Citizens for Animals Pages

Concerned Citizens for Animals (CCA) was established in 1980. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to helping animals and educating the public about their humane treatment. We operate volunteer-based chapters in Greenville and Pickens counties in South Carolina. More information about our mission, board of directors and programs is available at our website:

We run several beneficial programs:

No Kill Shelter
CCA operates the oldest no-kill shelter in Upstate South Carolina. There, we provide a chance for abandoned, sick, injured or otherwise unwanted animals to receive a new start with a loving family.

At any given time, we have approximately 20 dogs and over a dozen cats living in our shelter. Those precious animals need food and veterinary care. We employ a full-time, onsite caretaker and a part-time office manager.

The combined efforts of our caretaker, a heavily involved volunteer base and the management team ensure that all shelter animals receive first-class care and socialization. All CCA animals are fully vetted upon coming into the shelter and are spayed or neutered prior to placement in a new home. Any medical care the animal might need is provided. Donations make all this possible.

Adoption Program
Our extensive application process may seem to slow down adoptions, but we believe it is important for both the animal and the family to be sure that the placement is a good fit.

To do so, an initial phone interview is conducted followed by completion of an application for adoption. Once the application is received, references are checked and a home visit may be scheduled.

During this review process, the CCA adoption team consistently evaluates the needs and requirements of the prospective adopters and compares them to our available animals. One or more may be selected as potential

candidates. At this point, the entire family is invited out to the shelter to meet their prospective new family members.

Though extensive, we find that this procedure helps to ensure that human and animal members of the family are happy in their new lives together.

Feral Cat Colony Program
Feral cats are the forgotten felines in our community. A feral cat has had little or no contact with humans and has reverted to its wild instincts to survive. Many of these animals are kittens born to ferals and naturally fear humans.

The CCA Solution
CCA offers a humane, non-lethal and effective solution. Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) stabilizes the colony and prevents uncontrolled breeding. All cats in a colony are humanely trapped, tested for disease, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, treated for parasites and then returned to the colony and their caretaker. The colony is healthy and stabilized, and managed by the caretaker for the rest of its life.

How the Program Works
An individual caring for an existing feral cat colony contacts CCA and requests assistance in stabilizing the colony. A stable colony depends on its caretaker for daily support.

To obtain CCA support, the caretaker must agree to:

  • Ensure daily fresh food and water
  • Remove all trash and uneaten food from the site
  • Monitor colony health and provide TNR assistance for new colony members
  • Participate in TNR days scheduled for this and other colonies

In return, CCA FCCP provides:
  • Advice and training
  • Shelters and feeding stations as needed
  • TNR clinics for each cat in the colony
  • Follow up assistance to maintain a healthy and stable colony for the remainder of its life

CCA rescues over 100 feral kittens each year, fosters them and places 60 – 80 in loving forever homes. Your generous donations make this critical program possible.

Spay/Neuter Program
CCA maintains a network of caring area veterinarians who have agreed to provide spaying and neutering surgeries at a reduced fee. With the support of these wonderful veterinary partners, CCA provides certificates for spaying and neutering to the public for a minimal fee, and in some cases, we provide the service for free. Pet owners simply visit the CCA website to download a spay/neuter application form, or call the shelter office and request a form be mailed to them. Pet owners pay a percentage of the cost of the procedure and CCA covers the rest.

Spaying and neutering is the key to reducing animal over-population and the unnecessary euthanization of the companion animals crowding many shelters.

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