SC Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary is a no-kill, no-breed sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and neglected exotic animals. Located in Georgetown, SC, SC-CARES operates a wildlife rehabilitation center, develops educational outreach programs and provides a compassionate environment where animals are treated with love and respect, receive proper care and given a good quality of life.

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Meet the Mammals

Click on the Common Name for the Wikipedia detailed information about each animal.

Dixie

Common: Carolina dog
Native to: Southeastern US
Diet: dog food
Sex: Female
Age: 8
Personality: Dixie is feisty girl...shes very territorial & when her partner Sage arrived- she was very food dominant..the two soon worked it out- Dixie is in charge..they seem to have settled in with the volunteers going into to feed & scoop..and of course love their treats..they dont care to be touched but have been curious enough to come smell & even lick a person when we sit in their compound with them..
Background: Dixie was part of a litter that animal control was forced to trap & take to St.Frances..in the transfer Dixie slipped out & was raised outside the fence @ SFAC.. her litter mates we all handled and socialized then adopted out...apparently theres only about a 2 week window of opportunity for socialization & Dixie unfortunately was not recaptured until that time had passed.. shes not aggressive but her wild dog instincts make her extremely fearful of humans..which is why she was not adoptable.. St.Frances workers held onto her for as long as they could but were getting down to the wire...once they contacted us & explained the situation (we dont usually handle dog/cat rescues) we wanted to help but our building time for getting a compound ready was a ways in the future..so with the collaborated efforts..SFAC put together a volunteer group of 20 or so & in 2 weeks time-they had a compound ready & Dixie came to her new home...
Comment: We are honored to work with St.Frances & their team....we are two groups trying to do all we can for the sake of these wonderful creatures...we cant save them all but I think of the "starfish poem"- it matters to this one !!!
Foster Parents: Hannah Cooper, Linda Nease

Sage

Common: Carolina dog
Native to: Southeastern US
Diet: dog food
Sex: Male
Age: 8
Personality: Sage is a very sweet & timid dog..he quickly realized that Dixie was to be the alpha in their pack and follows her lead..he has one of the sweetest faces we have ever seen. We are glad that he & Dixie get along and can be companions here.
Background: Sage is actually a Carolina dog mix... he too was with St.Frances and had been socialized and even adopted out..twice..only to be returned..his feral instincts are stronger than most and was so fearful of humans that he would urinate every time someone approached him.. Sage was even sent to a special training program, in hopes of helping him adjust to life with humans...the training was unsuccessful..so SFAC was in the same situation as they were with Dixie..we knew the two dogs would love the company of each other-they both were very happy with other canines in the past- so to help them both enjoy a life together- we took Sage in...the two bonded immediately- with Sage being the underling...he seems very content with it!!
Foster Parents: Hannah Cooper, Linda Nease

Garfield

Common: Tabby Cat
Native to: World Wide
Diet: Fish, small mammals, birds
Sex: Male
Age: 15
Personality: Garfield is the most laid back cat ever! He lives in the hut with all the birds and small mammals and not once has he attempted to harm any of them! We are so grateful!
Background: Garfield was a stray picked up by Cindys daughter, Ashley, at her apartment in Charlotte.
Foster Parents: Magy Patten

Mayflower

Common: Charolais
Native to: everywhere
Diet: grains & hay
Sex: Female
Age: 9
Personality: Mayflower is a sweet, wonderful creature! She LOVES people & wants to play like a 10lb puppy- but being over 1,000 lbs makes this a little difficult...she really enjoys having her face rubbed & being loved on...She & Norman are bonding through the fence for now...we plan to fence a different area in so the two can be together...Norman is in love & who could blame him-Mayflower is beautiful !!
Background: Mayflower was birthed on the slaughterhouse floor...they took her mom & pushed Mayflower to the side..thankfully someone took her & bottle fed her..she was a dairy farm discard...she never got to be with her mom so her bond with humans is stronger than normal...
Comment: We took Mayflower from another sanctuary- Cotton Branch Sanctuary in Leesville, SC-another wonderful sanctuary that cares for lots of pigs & goats..Mayflower was the only cow they had & they called after being connected through a caring couple who visited both sanctuaries while on vacation here & relayed to them that we had only one cow- Norman- we do think the two will be very happy together..hopefully not too far in the future we can get them both in an area together...for now they lay by each other at the fence.
Foster Parents: Susan Epperson, Alyssa Johnson, Carson & Aimee McDowell

Dennis

Common: White-tailed Deer
Native to: North America
Diet: Vegetation, Acorns
Sex: Male
Age: 11
Personality: Dennis is very sweet and outgoing. Of course he enjoys licking people most days.
Background: Dennis was well meaningfully stolen from the wild at birth. His mom was spooked by the humans & hid; the humans picked him up thinking she would not come back. Dennis came to SC CARES at one week old weighing 7 pounds. He now loves people and thinks he is a lab.
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Foster Parents: Hannah Cooper, Susan Epperson

Miss Belle

Common: White-tailed Deer
Native to: everywhere
Diet: leaves from trees & bushes; acorns in the fall
Sex: Female
Age: 10
Personality: Miss Belle is a fighter- she has allowed us to work with her and do just about anything. We have given her physical therapy for months. In the beginning she could not walk but this wonderful creature would not give up.
Background: Miss Belle was found trapped in a backyard with a 4 foot fence that she could not jump back across. In her panic to get to her mom, she injured her neck, leaving her paralyzed temporarily. She is currently gaining strength in her legs and beginning to stand on her own.
Comment: Miss Belle was found in the Belle Island neighborhood - hence her name but some of us call her Missy for short. We are looking forward to her full recovery.

Sweetie

Common: White-tailed Deer
Native to: North America
Diet: Vegetation, Acorns
Sex: Female
Age: 11
Personality: Shy
Background: A rescue. She was found with her back leg tangled in a tree root. Her leg was so badly damaged, it had to be amputated. When she came to us in early June 2007 she weighed 4 pounds.
Comment: Sweetie still has the most precious face, with those big sweet eyes and the longest lashes you have ever seen.
Foster Parents: Alison Hanson

Barkley

Common: Dog
Native to: Everywhere
Diet: dog food
Sex: Male
Age: 7
Personality: As time passed and we were unsuccessful in finding a home for Barkley- he became a little aggressive and now has a bite history. Some of the hounds that have shown up here have been so mistreated that rehabilitation is near impossible. Barkley does fine with one human at a time and enjoys getting the attention but does not tolerate more than one person in with him.
Background: Poor Barkley was dumped by the road & must have been on his own for a while..when a sweet lady found him emaciated with a crooked leg. We can only assume he had been hit by a car. We are not set up for dog rescue but she had taken him to the local shelter & they could not take him. Our hopes were to get him fattened up, checked by our vet, neutered and we had hopes of adopting him out.
Comment: Thankfully Barkley seems happy and if there were someone with substantial dog training we would still consider adopting him out.

Bonnie

Common: white footed ferret
Native to: Everywhere
Diet: carnivore
Sex: Female
Age: 4
Personality: Bonnie is most definetly the nippier one of the two...she will actually chase you, climb under your pant leg & bite you on the leg...we are working with both of them for behavioral modification...she is a beautiful girl and hopefully we will be more at ease with her running around the hut in the morning...
Background: Clyde & Bonnie were probably purchased at a pet store- the previous owners were threatening to put them out in the street- probably due the behavioral issues. A friend of SCC took them temporarily but had small dogs and soon discovered the situation was not working out. We are using scruffing and time out for behavior modification- they are young and want to play but while they are out running around the hut we can not have them biting the volunteers. We will keep working with them and I will try to update this as we progress..

Clyde

Common: white footed ferret
Native to: Everywhere
Diet: carnivore
Sex: Male
Age: 4
Personality: Wow Clyde is huge compared to the other ferrets we have taken in previously...he is a sweet boy but very energetic- which is a good thing but we are having some issues with biting...we do not know how they were handled prior- SC CARES is their 3rd home now. We are working on training with them, Clyde is not as bitty as Bonnie.
Background: Clyde & Bonnie were probably purchased at a pet store- the previous owners were threatening to put them out in the street- probably due the behavioral issues. A friend of SCC took them temporarily but had small dogs and soon discovered the situation was not working out. We are using scruffing and time out for behavior modification- they are young and want to play but while they are out running around the hut we can not have them biting the volunteers. We will keep working with them and I will try to update this as we progress..

Fireball

Common: Boer Goat
Native to: South Africa
Diet: hays
Sex: Male
Age: 7
Personality: Fireball came to SC CARES in May of 2017- he really seems to be a very sweet boy and hopefully his personality will continue to be that- sweet!
Background: Fireball lived his life on a chain runner. He was loved by his human friend but being the size that he is (175 lbs) while in an agitated state rammed the man and caused injury. The man felt he would be better suited in a place where he could run,play and have a goat friend.

Grandma

Common: Goat
Native to: everywhere
Diet: grains & hay
Sex: Female
Age: 20
Personality: Grandma is a beautiful, sweet girl. We can only hope that the remaining time that she has will be happy for her. Goats lifespan is 15-18 years. Grandma came to SC CARES in August of 2009.
Background: Grandma came from a local who had a small herd and wanted to downsize.Grandma is pretty old- her age is a guess. She came to us with open sores on her face- after the vets visit & testing it was discovered she has CL- a contagious viral infection, for which there is no cure. This will not take her life but means she must live separately from all other animals.

Jackson

Common: Goat
Native to: everywhere
Diet: grains & hay
Sex: Male
Age: 10
Personality: Jackson is a very sweet boy- he loves his mom (Grandma) so much that he would not allow us to leave with her without him. Jackson came to SC CARES in August 2009.
Background: As we were loading up Grandma to bring her to SC CARES, Jackson followed us to the truck. Although there were other goats of his family there, he did not understand where his mom was going. The man that wanted us to take Grandma did not intend for us to take Jackson too- but Jackson kept bleating and would not move away. So at the last minute, this man asked if we wanted to take him too- of course we said yes. Both goats were crying for each other- how could we separate them?
Comment: The unfortunate part of this story is that either from birth or contact, we believe Jackson may have this same virus.

Willow

Common: Goat
Native to: everywhere
Diet: chow, grass, hay
Sex: Female
Age: 12
Personality: Willow is a beautiful little girl. She will allow you to love on her but is always watching for the boys. Willow came to us in pretty bad shape- it took months to add a little weight to her before we could put her in the goat area with the boys- she needed all the strength she could muster to hang out with those rowdy boys.
Background: Willow was found along side the road by some of our SC CARES volunteers. They stopped thinking it was a dog and were afraid it would be hit by a car- much to their surprise this emaciated, tick infested little goat came baahhing right up to them. They stopped in the area to attempt to find her home but no one knew where she came from. Willow looked as if she had recently been nursing... we suspect she may have been a toss out- so that the babies could be hand-raised. Speculation of course.

Lulu

Common: Nigerian Dwarf goat
Native to: West Africa
Diet: hays
Sex: Female
Age: 4
Personality: Lulu is such a sweet girl! We are usually at capacity here but since Willows friend passed she was all alone so we hoped that the two girls would be happy together and luckily we were right! It took a couple of weeks but they have bonded are loving each other!
Background: Lulu came from a family that had taken on too much in addition to the human children, the other animals with Lulu were more than they could handle. It is sad that these creatures are bred and sold but even worse when they are not treated with the same love and respect that human children are...

Cairo

Common: Pygmy goat
Native to: Africa
Diet: Vegetation
Sex: Male
Age: 11
Personality: He is all goat, into everything and eating everything he can find!
Background: Cairo came to the sanctuary as a playmate for Moracco.
Comment: Moracco and Cairo spend their days playing around the sanctuary and waiting for the hut door to open just in case there is a chance of slipping in to find their feed bucket.They also like to lounge around on the benches, in fact David and Alicia donated two benches to the sanctuary and designated them goat benches!

Malon

Common: Guinea Pig
Native to: nowhere-hybrid-not found in the wild
Diet: pellets/grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 2
Personality: Malon seems pretty easy going. So far they are all adjusting to being here so I am sure their personalities will shine through before long!
Background: A lady in Charleston had purchase a female "skinny pig" from a pet store in Fla. soon to discover she was pregnant. When the babies were born this lady had many offers to take them-all were interested in breeding them to sale in the exotic pet industry. Thankfully the lady did not want them to see such a fate and luckily we were able to take them in.
Comment: "Skinny Pigs" are a hybrid mix of guinea pigs breed for testing in a lab in Canada. This breed of hairless guinea pigs has only been in existence for less than 40 years...

Rome

Common: Guinea Pig
Native to: nowhere-hybrid-not found in the wild
Diet: pellets/grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 2
Personality: Rome seems to be the shy one out his family...he does have a deformed front leg but gets around, seemingly with no pain. We hope they will all be happy here!
Background: A lady in Charleston had purchase a female "skinny pig" from a pet store in Fla. soon to discover she was pregnant. When the babies were born this lady had many offers to take them-all were interested in breeding them to sell in the exotic pet industry. Thankfully the lady did not want them to see such a fate and luckily we were able to take them in.
Comment: "Skinny Pigs" are a hybrid mix of guinea pigs breed for testing in a lab in Canada. This breed of hairless guinea pigs has only been in existence for less than 40 years...

Tuscanella

Common: Guinea Pig
Native to: nowhere-hybrid-not found in the wild
Diet: pellets/grasses
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Personality: Tuscanella, Nellie for short, is already the most outgoing of these siblings. Nellie is more talkative than her brothers but maybe that is a female thing! HaHa... We are so glad to be able to welcome them to the SC CARES family!
Background: A lady in Charleston had purchase a female "skinny pig" from a pet store in Fla. soon to discover she was pregnant. When the babies were born this lady had many offers to take them-all were interested in breeding them to sale in the exotic pet industry. Thankfully the lady did not want them to see such a fate and luckily we were able to take them in.
Comment: "Skinny Pigs" are a hybrid mix of guinea pigs breed for testing in a lab in Canada. This breed of hairless guinea pigs has only been in existence for less than 40 years...

Sherry

Common: Paint Quarter Horse
Native to: everywhere
Diet: grains & hay
Sex: Female
Age: 20
Personality: Sherry is gorgeous & knows it!!
Background: Sherry came to SC CARES in April 2010 from a family that is undergoing crisis and were not able to care for her. We were glad to be able to help them as well as Sherry during their challenging time.
Foster Parents: Rachel Wesolowski

Tatiana

Common: Paint Quarter Horse
Native to: everywhere
Diet: grains & hay
Sex: Female
Age: 23
Personality: Tatiana, Tatty for short, is an absolutely beautiful girl... she loves to give kisses & get attention...Tatty is for sure the lead mare in our herd- when she pins those ears back the rest of horses get out of the way...she is sweet girl !
Background: Tatiana came to us from Ronna @ the Equestrian Center here in Georgetown.. as the economy has not been good & Tatty could not be ridden, Ronna felt it best to place her with us..we are honored to have Tatty here & hope she lives a long, happy life with us...
Comment: Tatty & Sherry (one of our other equine residents) used to be at Ronnas together & were best buddies..when we brought Tatty into the barn area- Sherry approached her window & they actually nuzzled each other- it was wonderful to see these animals remembering their friendship.Sherry is the lead mare here at SC CARES but when she & Tatty were together in the past- Tatty was the lead...hopefully these two long time friends will work this out smoothly...
Foster Parents: Della Coulter

Fortitude

Common: Quarter Horse
Native to: everywhere
Diet: grain/hay
Sex: Male
Age: 25
Personality: Fortitude has the sweetest personality and is such a loving, gentle soul. He loves pets and gives hugs! He seems truly grateful to have been rescued and now have food and love. We hope we give him a few more years to enjoy his life!
Background: Fortitude came to SC CARES on June 9, 2018 after receiving pictures and information that he was tied out with no food, clean water or shelter and obviously starving. Animal Control had to be called since we cannot go onto individuals property without the authorities and once the officer arrived he immediately called SC CARES back and said this horse needs help now. Arrangements were made to transport him and the man of the property agreed to relinquish the horse. Fortitude, as hes now called, was SO excited to see us when we arrived I honestly believe he knew we were there to rescue him from what had been a torturous life for the past couple of years. When he arrived and was unloaded from the trailer the other horses at SC CARES called out to him and Forti seemed excited to be here. His head was held high, he walked with as much pep as he could muster considering the shape he was in.
Comment: While not knowing the full story we do know that for over a year Forti had not been fed properly. He had been tied out by a rope with only weeds to graze on and a slimy pond to drink from with no shelter from the freezing temps or the sweltering sun. His back had rain rot(a fungus) and his legs had scratches(a bacterial infection) both of which could have been treated with medication. His mane was so knotted we had to cut it, his coat so matted from not shedding that it took 2 baths and lots of brushing to get his winter coat off in June!Fortis first night here I went out to check on him and I told him he would never be hungry again and that there would be so many people to love him now.As I cried at the shape he was in he actually put his head to my chest as if he was hugging me and saying thank you.Fortitude is 25 years old, making him an elder but with a spark in his eye and under our vets recommendation we increase his food weekly and hope to give this gentle, sweet soul at least a few more years of love and happiness!
Foster Parents: Family The Torrence

Cupid

Common: Quarter/Mustang horse
Native to: Everywhere
Diet: grain & hay
Sex: Male
Age: 13
Personality: Cupid is our youngest horse @ 5 years old- he & Coal have not been able to get along- both being gelded males- whos in charge? is the question. Cupid is very vocal when "he" thinks its time to eat- he will start neighing for someone to come feed him.. he is a sweet boy- small in stature but big in personality. His coloring is called "buckskin" He is a beautiful boy.
Background: Cupid came to us from a family in Columbia,SC. They were going through changes & could not keep their horses. Cupid has some issues with his back legs- his walk is just not right. We are still trying to get vet records from Columbia to determine what was diagnosed-otherwise we will have to start test with our vet. Cupid gets along fine for now but we want to be prepared as he ages.
Foster Parents: Karen & Tom Collins, Lynn Medina(2016), Sharon Ruble (2016)

Sassy

Common: Thoroughbred
Native to: England
Diet: pellets & hay
Sex: Female
Age: 10
Personality: Sassy is exactly as she is named...Sweet And Sassy Surviving Yet! Thankfully- we do not think she would have survived the abuse had she not had the heart and passion that she has- we love her dearly!
Background: Sassy has a story of a miracle...she was rescued from the paddock where her mate died from lack of food...when she arrived the assessment was that she had been without sufficient food for more than a year- she had a heart murmur, a cancerous tumor on her foot and her skeletal structure has been deformed due to lack of body mass. This girl is a fighter- she has put on weight, the tumor has been removed and her heart murmur seems much better! She is the success that rescues hope for !!!
Foster Parents: Linda,Howard Foxwell,Holloway, Megan Hanson, Sophia Liggett

Bashful

Common: Pot Bellied Pig
Native to: Vietnam
Diet: grains,fruits,veggies
Sex: Female
Age: 8
Personality: Bashful is bashful to people but certainly not to food...this group of little pigs are wonderful greeters to people who come to visit the hut..
Background: Taken in May 2011 through Cotton Branch Sanctuary from an animal shelter upstate..

Grumpy

Common: Pot Bellied Pig
Native to: Vietnam
Diet: grains,fruits,veggies
Sex: Female
Age: 8
Personality: Grumpy is definitely that...she dominates the food bowls but her siblings do not seem to hold it against her..after their meal- they are often laying side by side in a row..it is cute to see them all laying together
Background: Came to SC Cares in May 2011- through Cotton Branch Sanctuary from an animal shelter upstate..

Happy

Common: Pot Bellied Pig
Native to: Vietnam
Diet: grains,fruits,veggies
Sex: Female
Age: 8
Personality: Happy is just like her name..she was the first of the group to allow petting...she will allow it even more with food as incentive. Happy is a full blooded sister- just born in a second group. She is definitely the sweetest of the group...
Background: Came with the group from Cotton Branch Sanctuary- originally from an animal shelter upstate.

Doc

Common: Pot-Bellied Pig
Native to: Vietnam
Diet: grains,fruits,veggies
Sex: Male
Age: 8
Personality: Doc,along with his sisters, is still not social with humans...except when there is food involved. These pigs are so cute..feeding time is still a disaster-they play musical bowls & usually end up dumping several of them on the ground...but never leave a speck when all is said and done..
Background: This cute group of babies joined us back in May, when Mayflower arrived from Cotton Branch Sanctuary..these little pigs were born at an animal shelter that had a little problem with the parents breeding through the fence...that is what I call determination...

Jimmy (aka-JD)

Common: Pot-bellied pig
Native to: Vietnam
Diet: grains/veggies
Sex: Male
Age: 14
Personality: Jimmy is a sweet, lovely pig. He loves to sleep and eat. He does get a bit fussy when you try to get him up to exercise. He grunts and snorts like a fussy ole man. Hes getting along better but in the next few years we are really looking to see improvement.
Background: Jimmys past 4 years were not the best. I believe the first 2 years were not too bad but the last 2 years he spent all of his time in a small laundry room, unable to get outside to exercise. His diet consisted of dog food, dumdum suckers and gum. This lifestyle led him to obesity and hoof problems. When Jimmy arrived at SC CARES he was pretty much cripple. It took twice with the farrier to get his hooves into shape and he is double the weight he should be. Weighing in at 300+lbs we are working on his diet to get him down to 150 lbs. This process will safely take several years.
Comment: We are optimistic about his weight although being so fat that he was unable to open his eyes for so long he is now permantely blind. At 4 years old with a lifespan of 15-20 years we are hopeful he will have a remaining wonderful life here. Update 12/2014- Jimmy did loose 82 lbs but sadly has put a little of it back on...were trying to keep him on his diet but he refuses to exercise-except when he hears us feeding the others- then he will get up & start sniffing out his bowl !!
Foster Parents: Susan Epperson, Kindergarten Class-NMB Pr Ms.Shaw & Ms.Phillips

Miss Daisy

Common: Russian and Feral Mix Pig
Native to: Eurasia. Introduced to North America in 1900
Diet: Acorns, Nuts, Roots, Grass, Fruits, Mushrooms
Sex: Female
Age: 9
Personality: Miss Daisy is a sweet and friendly girl. She loves a tummy rub.
Background: Miss Daisy was found with her seven litter mates on the property of a woman living near Hemingway, SC. All eight had been rejected by their mother. Despite the loving care and veterinary treatment given by this compassionate woman, Miss Daisy was the sole survivor. When she arrived at SC-CARES at one month old, she was still taking a bottle but is now eating the same foods as our other pigs.

Wilbur

Common: Wild Boar/feral pig mix
Native to: Eurasia. Introduced to North America in 1900
Diet: Acorns, Nuts, Roots, Grass, Fruits, Mushrooms,
Sex: Male
Age: 11
Personality: Wilbur loves a hose bath. With the summer heat, Wilbur needs his daily hose spraying. He is so much fun to watch, he dances in the spray and tries to drink from it.
Background: Wilbur came to SC CARES on Jan. 20th 2008. He wondered up to a family home around Christmas, he was only about a month old and all alone. They took him in and fed him for about a month. They called DNR and were told he could not be released into the wild-( they are considered pests) so the family contacted SC CARES and here he is.
Comment: Wilbur is currently a big boy. He loves his new larger area and he also loves his veggies. Come see Wilbur, he likes people and attention if you are lucky he will talk to you ( in his on language of course) he also likes to be scratched behind the ears.
Foster Parents: Hannah Cooper

Oreo

Common: Holland-Lop rabbit
Native to: North America
Diet: vegetation/grasses
Sex: Male
Age: 5
Personality: Oreo is a cutie and a little feisty! After being abandoned he probably felt that he had to do all he could to protect himself. Thankfully he has adjusted here and seems to be happy!
Background: This poor bunny was spotted out in someones yard in Myrtle Beach- of course not being a rabbit of the wild, he was most definitely a choice for a predator! Thankfully the lady that saw him was able to catch him and get him to us- he was probably purchased at a pet store and either got away or was put out and would not have survived long in the wild...

Chip

Common: Sugar Glider
Native to: Australia
Diet: Seeds, Nuts, Fruit & Veggies
Sex: Male
Age: 12
Personality: Chip is more hyper than Dale- both have charming personalities
Background: Chip & Dale are brothers- they came to SC CARES in the fall of 2008. Their previous family was moving and could not take them along. They felt they would be happier here.
Foster Parents: Upper Elementary Class Montessori Day School, Joey Schroeder

Diane

Common: Sugar Glider
Native to: Australia
Diet: Insects, sweet sap
Sex: Female
Age: 18
Background: Jack and Diane came from a family that did not want them because "They Stink".
Comment: Diane pictured on the left.

Squirt

Common: Sugar Glider
Native to: Australia
Diet: Insects, sweet sap
Sex: Male
Age: 11
Background: Squirt came to us when they family he lived with had to take in an elderly family member, who was terrified of him- thinking he was a rat of some sort??
Foster Parents: Sharon Deangelo

Sweety

Common: Sugar Glider
Native to: Australlia
Diet: pellets, worms, fruits & veggies
Sex: Female
Age: 6
Personality: Sweety is settling in here @ SC CARES- we do still hope to move her in with Diane & see if the two girls can live together happily!
Background: Sweety came from a woman who had rescued 2 gliders from a family member. The two gliders were a little more than she had bargained for and while we were trying to help her place them, one of her dogs was able to get the cage open and attacked the male. Sweety was left alone and traumatized so we agreed to take her in hopes of letting her live with Diane, another female glider that we have living along. Gliders would normally live in groups so we have hopes that the two girls will get along.

PJ-Pumpkin Jack

Common: rabbit-Jersey Wooly
Native to: not found in the wild-cross bred by humans
Diet: pellet food & timothy hay
Sex: Male
Age: 8
Personality: PJ is a sweet bunny...hes absolutely a gorgeous boy.
Background: PJ was found by someone in their yard...taken by animal control & then brought here...he had to have been someones pet & must have gotten away or they dumped him..the Jersey Woolys are a crossbreed of the Netherlands Dwarf & French Angora rabbit.
Foster Parents: Bev & Gil Noble

Bella

Common: Virginia Opossum
Native to: North America
Diet: fruits,veggies,meat
Sex: Female
Age: 2
Personality: Bella is warming up to various humans but most of all LOVES to eat! As she continues to grow well hopefully be able to help teach others of the importance of opossums as she serves as an ambassador for her fellow creatures!
Background: Bella came in as an infant and was the only opossum found not killed after her mom was hit by a car. I proceeded to care for her with every intention of releasing her- once I had her outside to acclimate I noticed the bottom of her mouth had not fully developed. As it turns out, after we decided she might not do well on her own, the bottom jaw did develop more-of course by this time she was imprinting.

Betty Boomer

Common: Virginia Opossum
Native to: North America
Diet: fruits,veggies,meat
Sex: Female
Age: 3
Personality: Betty seems to be adjusting well. Thankfully Dani and a couple of other volunteers have been able to spend time with her, socialize her and make sure she is comfortable with human interaction. Betty has already been introduced to some of our tours- she will be a great ambassador for her kind. Opossums are vital to our healthy existence by keeping the land free from disease!
Background: Betty Boomer was taken in as an orphan-born in April 2015- her mother was hit and killed by a car-she ended up with 2 different rehabilitators and became imprinted, not wild enough for release.

Calypso

Common: Timber Wolf
Native to: Alaska and British Columbia
Diet: Mammals
Sex: Female
Age: 12
Personality: currently-2012- Calypso is in the omega position..
Background: The wolves came to us at 8 weeks old and were kept together as a pack. We kept expanding their original compound until we could build a better habitat. They were moved to their new enclosure on 11/21/2007.
Foster Parents: from: Waccamaw Law Firm Robert J Moran,PA, Rose & Dale Wainwright

Captain Jack

Common: Timber Wolf
Native to: Alaska and British Columbia
Diet: Mammals
Sex: Male
Age: 12
Personality: Alpha Male.
Background: The wolves came to us at 8 weeks old and were kept together as a pack. We kept expanding their original compound until we could build a better habitat. They were moved to their new enclosure on 11/21/2007.
Foster Parents: The Smith Family, Larry & Margaret Miller, Lillie Verbsky, Rose & Dale Wainwright

Star

Common: timber wolf
Native to: Alaska
Diet: mammals-raw meat
Sex: Female
Age: 12
Personality: What a wonderful creature this wolf is...it was as if she knew we were all trying to help her...she bonded with Skip & I both almost immediately...she especially loves Skip...this creature was so thankful for the love she was receiving and showed her appreciation. Being on a chain for probably the entire 5 years of her life- Star has what is called "puppy mill syndrome" pacing circular always to the right-we are hoping this will ease as she becomes more comfortable with her new home- she is still nervous around people but we are hoping that she will acclimate to seeing strangers.
Background: We received a call from an officer in Newberry County about a raid on a puppy mill that was about to take place and the officer knew that a wolf was chained to a tree with a logging chain. In this county wolves/wolf dogs are illegal and he knew they would have no option but to euthanize the animal. We contacted several other rescues and got no response to accept this wolf. We really had no place to house the wolf..The day of the raid- the officer called and told us how calm the wolf was with them and we just could not imagine her being killed..we thought of our raptor house that was currently empty and agreed to meet them the next day to pick her up..We can not save them all but we were able to save her- hence the name Star from the poem "the Starfish"- it mattered to that one!
Comment: As of Jan-2012- we are constructing an area within the wolf hybrid compound(sectioned off with a safe area to prevent fence fighting) including a recirculating wading pool. Skip has been able to walk her on a leash to see the other wolves and wolf dogs and she seems to be good around them so we are hoping once she gets moved to her new area that she will become more comfortable with seeing people. We are going to build a shelter for her so that she can hide if she feels the need to get away...Update 12/2014- Star was moved to her new enclosure & since took on a new friend-Ghost- the two of them seem to get along great- Star is the wolf most tours never see- when she knows a stranger is here she hides in her bunker & will not come out until the coast is clear-
Foster Parents: Robert Skotnicki Global Licensing,Inc, from: Waccamaw Law Firm Nate Fata Law Firm

Ghost

Common: wolf dog hybrid
Native to: not found in the wild
Diet: meat
Sex: Male
Age: 6
Personality: Ghost is very untrusting of humans & rightfully so after all hes been through-even once he arrived here...Ghost arrived very skittish of humans, even terrified of men- so I began to work with him. After weeks we finally formed a bond- he would allow me to walk him, pet him and even give him kisses. We introduced him to Star and they seemed immediately infatuated with each other- almost as if they had been waiting to meet- they played and had so much fun together. We were almost ready to move them in together when a tragedy occurred...the neighboring full blooded wolf pack attacked Ghost under the fence (something we didnt realize was even possible with a fence and covering to the ground). Ghost was injured and terrified and who could blame him? Thankfully, after many weeks, his physical injuries healed but psychologically he was once again let down by the human (me)...our bond was damaged. My heart was breaking for this poor creature- I wondered how I could ever walk him back to Stars compound when he wouldnt even allow me to touch him. Skip continued to take Star to his shelter to visit- they acted like long lost friends reunited each time. While Star was with him, Ghost would watch her let me love her and exchange hugs and he began to come to me, skeptical but he did approach. Stars trust in me gave him the confidence to give me another chance. After several of these visits I was finally able to pet him and eventually put his collar on again. So onto the happy ending- we were able to move Ghost into Stars habitat and now the two of them run, play, wrestle. We are confident that their friendship will bring them much happiness and together they will continue to thrive. For two creatures whose future was dismal we are so thankful we could help their stories have a different ending! This is what sanctuaries live for...its amazing what a little love, kindness and respect will do. Once again the forgiving nature and ability to trust again is a trait these animals have that we humans could learn from.
Background: Ghost came to SC CARES in Nov-2012 & sadly we are his 4th home before he turned 1 year old...bred in Ca. & sold;transferred to another; attempted placement with another then finally here...Ghost is very high content wolf
Foster Parents: from: Waccamaw Law Firm Barnett & Wright Law Firm, Brenda Rowell

Lobo

Common: wolf-dog hybrid
Native to: not found in the wild
Diet: dog food
Sex: Female
Age: 12
Personality: Lobo is the problem child of the pack. She is not really a problem but is just so very shy. The Valpack has been here for 3 months now & Lobo will just come to sniff your hand- still will not let us pet her- so she is the only one we have not been able to walk on a leash. We will not give up- maybe one day- when she is comfortable- she will warm up to us.
Background: Lobo came to us from a lady in Columbia- she had taken in Shiloh & Deja from some person who thought they would be fine on their own. The two ended up with a litter of pups-Lobo is one of their offspring. This lady was able to adopt all but two of them out- which left her with four & a neighbor who insisted on causing problems about the animals. After every attempt possible to contain & quiet the animals this neighbor was relentless- causing the lady to have to appear in court. After all of the hooplay- she contacted us & we agreed to take them in. We call them the "Valpack"
Foster Parents: Valerie Wooten

Shiloh

Common: wolf-dog hybrid
Native to: not found in the wild
Diet: dog food
Sex: Male
Age: 13
Personality: Shiloh has a wonderful personality. He is very shy to strangers but once he knows you, will lick & allow you to hug on him for a good while. He is a very sweet boy.
Background: Shiloh came to us from a lady in Columbia- she had taken in he & Deja from some person who thought they would be fine on their own. The two ended up with a litter of pups- this lady was able to adopt all but two of them out- which left her with four & a neighbor who insisted on causing problems about the animals. After every attempt possible to contain & quiet the animals this neighbor was relentless- causing the lady to have to appear in court. After all of the hooplay- she contacted us & we agreed to take them in. We call them the "Valpack"
Foster Parents: Dayle Spadaccini


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