Greenville Employees Show Compassion for Animals without a Home, Donate Generously to Local Animal Rescue Foundation
June 21, 2011

For its May-June community service initiative, the Building Group’s Greenville office chose to help some local “four-legged friends” by supporting the Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of South Carolina (UARFSC). From May 11 through June 10, employees gathered supplies and made donations to help the local animal shelter. The effort was headed by Roslyn Stoddard, administrative assistant, who has close ties to the charity.

“Helping animals is a passion of mine,” stated Stoddard. “I was excited to have the opportunity to collect donations for this worthy organization.” UARFSC is run by Stoddard’s personal friend Kelley Blair, who Stoddard admires for the long tiresome hours she dedicates to rescuing animals. “I commend her for doing an awesome job of caring for and finding homes for animals that would otherwise not make it out of the area animal shelters alive,” said Stoddard.

The Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC, established in 2005, is a non-profit organization that rescues about 1,000 animals per year from “death row” at area shelters. The animals are given appropriate medical treatment, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and then placed in either foster homes or UARFSC’s shelter while workers seek permanent homes for them. The expenses are many, and like many non-profit organizations, UARFSC has been impacted by the economic downturn.

Building Group employees were responsive in answering the call for help, donating cash as well as an ample supply of items in constant need by the shelter — dog and cat food, leashes, litter boxes, dog and cat beds, sheets and towels, toys, newspapers, and cleaning supplies. Stoddard emphasized that 100% of every donation made to UARFSC goes directly to the animals.

Mitzi Scarborough, office manager, helped Stoddard organize a fundraising event for the cause —a lunch-time hot dog sale held on June 6. Mitzi and Roslyn received helping hands from Carol Neely, Janice Alredge, and Clarice Groves, all of whom donated their personal time and money in preparing for the event. Plates sold for $5 each and included one hot dog, beans, slaw, chips, and a dessert; any additional hotdogs were $1.50. The goal was to raise $250 for the “furry friends,” but the results exceeded expectations. A total of $750 was collected from the hot dog sale, together with additional cash donations from individuals. “This money will help tremendously with the rescue organization’s expenses and vet bills, and will allow them to bring more animals into their care,” Stoddard reported with delight.

Stoddard went on to say, “While we did a great job helping this organization, please remember the biggest thing we can do to help with animal overpopulation is to spay/neuter. By spaying/neutering your pets, you are part of the solution.”

UARFSC’s Kelly Blair thanked the Building Group, saying, “Your generous donations will go a long way toward helping us rescue and find homes for the many animals that desperately need our help. Thank you so much for your contributions to our organization.”

The organization’s motto is, “Speaking for those with no voice…who long to be heard.”