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Bringing Hope to the Flood Animals

Recently, Hurricane Matthew ripped through Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas causing terrible damage and rising flood waters. Most of the Carolinas’ coast was swallowed up by the storm surge. This displaced many families. Some families were unable to evacuate with their beloved pets, leaving them behind. Not to mention the countless amounts of stray animals that ended up having to swim for days just to survive.

After a cry for help from the coast, we went all in to help their shelter in any way we could. We rented a large cargo van and received many gracious donations from our community to take down to their shelter. Upon arrival, we noticed that the conditions were much worse than expected. The Marion County animal shelter flooded with about 2-3 feet of water and were at 200 % capacity. They had to move to another facility (an old warehouse) to store the dogs and cats that were continuously being brought in. We helped build kennels, clean lots of poop, gather medical supplies, and much more. It was a very long day full of helping animals and we loved every second of it!

We want to say thank you for any inquiries on how you can help the animals misplaced by the floods. At this time, we did bring a few dogs and cats back with us. They will be cared for by a rescue that is in our Coalition. As for fostering, there are no need for fostering small dogs as they only have large dogs and cats available for foster. They do have locations down in Marion County where they are relocating farm animals. Due to the State of Emergency regulation, flood animals need to stay in the area they were found for 45 days in order for their families to find them. So, we are trying to get current shelter guests out to the rescues to make room for the shelter to house the county’s pets rescued from the flood. We are also partnering with SamsaBeds to bring shelter pets great quality and comfortable beds while they wait for their furever home!  

To see our album from our visit, click HERE

For our supporters that are interested in fostering, email letemliveupstate@gmail.com.

The current needs for the Marion County Animal Shelter are as follows: microwave, heating pads, Printer/Copier,  a refrigerator, and funds for medical needs and supplies. Some animals are coming into the shelter exhausted from swimming in water for days. They are dehydrated and infected. The shelter does not have a vet available to meet these immediate medical needs for their animals so their are being transport to a nearby veterinary facilities which could be costly. Any other items will be greatly appreciated!

To watch a detailed video recapping our visit, click HERE!

We want to say thank you so very much for your support for these animals and Marion County community in general! I know they really felt the love from the Upstate. To keep up-to-date on our latest projects, follow Let’em Live Upstate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LetemLiveUpstate and Saved by the Heart on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savedbytheheart/.

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Aloft Foster Program Launch!

Wow! What an exciting time in the world of rescue!

Downtown Greenville’s newest hotel – Aloft Greenville Downtown – has just launched an exciting program that is totally new to our area! First, this hotel is completely pet-friendly. You can go on a vacation (or stay-cation) & never have to worry about leaving your pets behind. They are welcome to stay in your room, walk around the hotel, & even hangout with you & your friends at the bar. That’s not the coolest part, though! This hotel is offering a really neat & innovative foster program for local rescue animals needing a furever home. In the hotel’s second lobby, you will see a custom-designed dog house. This doghouse will house one foster dog at a time. Visitors are encouraged to play and socialize with the dog – in hopes someone will fall in love! aloftfoster2
We are partnering with the hotel to provide them with adoptable dogs who just need a second chance at life. The dogs that have been fostered at the Aloft Asheville’s location have stayed on average for eight days! We are hoping for the same results in Greenville! Aloft has also partnered with Paw Paws USA to provide the dog with a new collar &  leash. Plus, Solid Gold is supplying quality food to the foster dogs and sending them home with a prize pack upon adoption.

You don’t have to be a guest to visit the foster dogs at Aloft! They love for locals to come hang out, as well. Stop by  and help support this awesome program!


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More Time for Two – An LLU Success Story

Hi! My name is Two – And I’m a Help Desk Success!!!

Here’s my Story


My Human Mom and I have been together for 12 years, ever since I was a pup.  She raised me, cared for me, and trained me up to be a good boy.  We’d been living in our current location for a year but the landlord suddenly said “no pits on the property” so mom tried to find somewhere for me to go.  The only place that would take me was called Animal Care in Greenville and they let mom know that my life could be in jeopardy because this is NOT a no-kill facility. So mom turned me over to their care on Sept 12, 2015 but she signed a piece of paper that said if I was in danger of being killed, she would be contacted.

The shelter is a scary place, especially without mom there to tell me everything was going to be okay.  They tried to give me my shots to keep me healthy but I didn’t understand that they weren’t trying to hurt me.  I was distracted by all the loud sounds and barking plus the place smells funny and sometimes burns my nose.  I’m used to being comfy and snuggling with mom but now she is sad at home and I’m stuck in here.  Nice people come by occasionally but their time is divided between so many of us.

Little did I know, Mom had made a phone call that would save my life. You see, the shelter called my mom 2 days later to tell her that I wasn’t safe there, that me being scared made me act in a way I never have. So mom started searching for help and got a lady on the phone. That lady spread the word about me to all her friends and the next thing I know I’m out of the shelter on my way to a new home…just in the nick of time.

I was lucky cause the lady my mom called was an animal rescuer and even though she couldn’t take me, she told all her rescue friends and they spread the word to their friends.  My New mom Brenda heard about me and the rest is history. Now I’m comfy on the couch.


Moral of the story, pets don’t ever belong in a shelter but it happens for lots of reasons. It’s scary, confusing, and uncomfortable but if we work together, you can save more pets like me.  Thanks for giving me more time to live life!

Lots of Love – Two