All4Paws Animal Rescue has reopened to the public and volunteers following the lifting of South Carolina’s “Work-or-Home” order. To adhere to current guidelines to help slow the spread of Covid-19, they are operating on an appointment only basis from Tuesday-Saturday between the hours of 11am-3pm. To schedule an appointment to see their animals, visit their website at All4PawsSC.org.
During the “Work-or-Home” order, All4Paws’ staff worked diligently to continue serving owner-less, condemned, lost, abandoned and/or abused animals. All4Paws reached out to the community for help during this difficult time and was inundated with support. Community members from Pawleys Island and beyond responded to their plea for foster homes to care for animals as they prepared for possible staff shortages due to Covid-19. All4Paws continued to conduct adoptions and performed virtual meet-and-greets with potential adopters and their prospective new furry friends in their foster homes, which allowed them the ability to continue finding forever homes for numerous cats and dogs.
During this time, All4Paws prepared for the presentation of a lifetime. Prior to the start of the Covid-19 crisis, All4Paws submitted a grant request to the Petco Foundation Innovation Showdown for a project that has the potential to revolutionize animal welfare spay and neuter protocols across the country. All4Paws was selected as one of three finalists for a “Shark Tank” style competition. In late May, All4Paws presented its proposal for a “Vet Clinic in a Can” and was awarded 1st Place in the national competition, winning a grant of $230,000.
All4Paws‘s proposal includes a partnership with Clinic in a Can to develop a first-of-its-kind low-cost spay and neuter facility. Clinic in a Can has over twenty years of experience building low-cost human medical facilities out of shipping containers, which are then utilized around the world. All4Paws will use their model and product to customize two 40-foot shipping containers end-to-end to maximize throughput, and allow for affordable spay and neuter.
The Vet Clinic in a Can will be developed on All4Paws’ new property located on Lance Lane in Pawleys Island. Like many rescues across the nation, All4Paws recognizes that one of the most effective ways to combat the issue of dog and cat overpopulation is to provide low-cost spay and neuter, not only to the animals of the rescue but also to the animals of the community, such as the feral cat population. The new facility will be a replicable model for other organizations to implement to meet their own needs, as the shipping containers can be customized. To complete the project, All4Paws needs an additional $59,000. To support All4Paws’ Vet Clinic in a Can, donations can be mailed to All4Paws at 708 Petigru Dr. Pawleys Island, SC 29585. Please write “Vet Clinic in a Can” in the memo.