South Carolina Shelter Is Making a Difference By Helping Neglected and Abandoned Animals

The Anderson County Humane Society is making a difference in the Anderson, South Carolina area by helping the abused and abandoned, as well as offering community-oriented programs to keep dogs and cats out of the local shelter. ACHS operates without a building or even an office by using a network of foster families. The definition of shelter is “to protect or shield from something harmful” and ACHS does that with every animal they save.

Two of their most recent cases involve dogs thrown away by their owners in the Anderson area. Thanks to the miraculous efforts of their organization, both dogs have the opportunity for a new life. They’re being spoiled in loving homes at this time, as ACHS is not a physical shelter, but a liaison between the organization and caring animal lovers.

Letty shortly after her arrival
Letty shortly after her arrival

Letty was found abandoned in the woods by a mail carrier, her condition so horrible that when she was brought to the ACHS clinic it was thought she was at least 14 years old. Letty is between 7-9 years old and has been bred so much her teats are still hanging. Covered in parasites and tumors, she could barely stand up BUT she had milk, After several months of good food and good vet care Letty is ready to be spayed and find her forever home, but first she has one more hurdle: she needs a mastectomy to remove the tumors. A YouCaring webpage has been set up to help offset the expense, and Letty should be ready for surgery later this month as soon as it’s determined she’s gained enough weight.

Letty will have a mastectomy in the near future
Letty will have a mastectomy in the near future

Gabe was found abandoned, tied in a trash bag like garbage after his owner nearly starved him to near death then put him alive into a black trash bag. At only 12.6 pounds, Gabe was barely alive when he arrived at the ACHS clinic on November 10. He was immediately placed under the exceptional care of Magnolia Veterinary Hospital. Since his arrival, Gabe has received a blood transfusion, which gave him a good boost, and has eaten enough to raise his weight to 15.4 pounds.

Gabe was only 12 pounds when found tied up in a trash bag
Gabe was only 12 pounds when found tied up in a trash bag

On Sunday, Gabe went home with David (pictured above) and Tracey Hauser, who foster many, many dogs for ACHS. There Gabe will join Letty, where each dog will be lovingly cared for until they are ready for a forever home. The Hauser’s are very choosy about who can adopt one of their foster dogs, so these two beauties couldn’t be in better hands.

Gabe sporting his new sweater
Gabe sporting his new sweater

Information on both abuse cases has been filed with Anderson County Animal Control in case their respective owners are found.

The Anderson County Humane Society is a private, not-for-profit animal welfare organization. An all-volunteer Board of Directors governs their organization. They’re not affiliated with the Animal Shelter or Animal Control (although they do try to help place animals from the shelter). All of the members have regular jobs and volunteer for the Humane Society as time permits. Meetings are held at various locations and animals are kept in individual foster homes until they are adopted.

The Anderson County Humane Society is no kill. However, many wonderful animals have to be turned away due to the limited number of foster homes. They could really use your help if you can foster a dog or cat in the Anderson area.

They also offer low-cost spay/neuter programs for low-income residents.  More than 26,000 animals have been altered at the ACHS Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic. Their efforts have greatly reduced the number of unwanted pets entering Anderson County P.A.W.S., which is the local shelter.

You can follow Anderson County Humane Society on Facebook or on their website. Tax deductible donations can be made via the above links and are always needed, as the organization takes in many animals in deplorable condition who were thrown away by society.

ACHS took in 14 Chihuahua’s from a hoarding case over the weekend, with up to 40 more expected to arrive this week. Please get in touch with them at (864) 225-9855 or email if you can provide temporary foster care for one of these dogs.

You can help the Hauser family care for Letty and Gabe by ordering from their Amazon Wishlist.

Thank you, ACHS, for your continued efforts to help the residents of Anderson County, in turn helping their dogs and cats by curbing the population problem. We truly appreciate the hard work of your organization, especially the foster families who step up to help.

Elisa Taylor

Elisa's articles have helped save thousands of the shelter pets she writes about, along with animal welfare and cruelty case articles which are published on as well as her personal website at (National Cat Reporter). Elisa lives with her daughter and a multitude of cats (including one cat­-dog named Cujo). As a writing "addict" Elisa enjoys sharing interesting stories with other animal lovers.


  1. Sharon Keiser says:

    I have been following Gabe’s story since last week – it’s amazing to me how horribly people can treat dogs! If Gabe will be up for adoption at some point, we would love to be considered. We can give him a loving home with other dogs (all rescued from one place or another) and a big yard, and lots of love. He looks so handsome in his new coat!!

  2. Cindy G says:

    Thank you, kind souls, for helping Letty and Gabe. Poor dog in the trash bag looks so grateful in the image with his new coat on!

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