Update as of 10/30/14

The community's response to our emergency plea for Fosters for our Cats has been tremendous. At this time, we can safely say that the 40+ CATS HAVE BEEN SAVED!

We are still in need of food and kitty litter for the foster families housing the cats for the next few weeks. Donations of Purina Cat and Kitten Chow and Tidy Cat Litter would be much appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter Mon-Fri from 10-5 or Sat 10-2.

There's a lot of hard work ahead of us. We thank our Volunteers and the officers of Oconee County Animal Services in advance for their commitment to pursue alternative solutions to save lives.

If you are still interested in having your name added to a "backup list", please email Suzanne at adoption@oconeehumane.org with your contact information.

You may have read that the Oconee County Animal Shelter has been dealing with a Ringworm outbreak. The efforts to date by the dedicated Oconee Humane Society (OHS) Volunteers and Oconee County Animal Services (OCAS) Officers have not been able to eradicate it. Through continued research and input from caring veterinarians and national associations, it has become clear that we cannot successfully eradicate this fungus given the large population of cats and the large space that needs to be sanitized daily.
OHS and OCAS have identified an alternate plan, that provides a narrow window of opportunity to save as many of our cats as possible. This is where we need your help. Before Friday of this week (Oct. 31st), we need to find foster homes who are willing to treat Ringworm infected or Ringworm exposed cats (those currently showing no visible signs, but could break any time over the next 3-4 weeks) for a period of 6 to 8 weeks. We recommend housing the cats in a single room with a door to separate them from other pets and family members.
During that time, OHS will provide the fosters with both topical medication and oral medication to treat the cats at their home. In addition, we will provide cat towers to those who request one in order to keep the cats isolated from other family pets. Finally, we are asking for cat food donations on Facebook and other websites so we can provide Purina Cat Chow &/or Purina Kitten Chow to all fosters.
We are having a Compounding Pharmacy prepare the oral medication in liquid form with a mixing agent that is tuna flavored. That should make it much easier to administer the medication compared with "pilling" cats which we all know can be difficult.
We recognize that this may not be possible for many of you, but we ask you to think about anyone you know who might be able to foster 2 or more cats. We believe all cats should have a cat companion during their period of isolation. This is our opportunity to "virtually" knock on every possible door in order to save as many cats as possible.
HERE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART! We only have a few days to pull all of this together. So, if you are willing to foster, please email  adoption@oconeehumane.org with your contact information.
We do not expect any foster to keep the cats indefinitely. After 21 days on the oral medication, we will be collecting cultures. Once a cat has a negative culture, we will take that cat back into the OHS adoption network. I will talk further about culturing with those who are able to participate in this effort.

Donations of Purina Cat / Kitten food can be dropped of at the shelter Monday-Friday 10-5 and Saturday from 10-2.  

OHS hopes this message is clear and helps the public understand why we have selected this particular plan. If you have questions, please contact me at adoption@oconeehumane.org or call the shelter at 864-882-4719.
Thank you,
Suzanne Daddis
Adoption Coordinator
OHS Board of Director