The Florence Area Humane Society (FAHS) provides a safe haven for animals in need throughout Florence, SC and the surrounding community. Working in conjunction with the City of Florence, they are able to take in and care for lost, homeless, abandoned, and neglected animals until they can be reunited with their families or placed in loving permanent homes.
The city owns and operates the Jayne Boswell Animal Shelter while the Florence Area Humane Society facilitates the adoptions, volunteer assistance, foster program, and lots of resources to ensure the shelter's furry residents live fulfilled lives. Together, the dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to shelter, feed, and compassionately care for every creature that comes through their doors.
In all that they do, the Florence Area Humane Society strives to speak for those who do not have a voice and exceed the animals' needs so that they can live happy, healthy lives. Each animal the shelter takes in receives medical attention, vaccinations, and a spay/neuter procedure before their eventual journey into a suitable and responsible forever home!
They operate an extensive volunteer program through which families, individuals, students, and groups can get involved to have an immense impact on the lives of Florence's precious pets. Volunteers help the city shelter and humane society with daily care and maintenance, animal socialization, fostering, fundraising, transport, offsite adoptions, and much more!
Together with the local community and the City of Florence, the Florence Area Humane Society provides lifesaving care and services, helping more than 1,000 companion animals every year.
Join in the festivities as Downtown Florence celebrates the best of German music, food, beer, and fine wines. Best of all, your crowd-friendly pooch pals are invited and encouraged to attend! The evening's activities include the ceremonial keg tapping, delicious German delicacies, costume contests, beer-centered games, and Dachshund races! Register your weenie or “almost a weenie” dog to participate in the races! Race fee is $5 and benefits the Florence Area Humane Society! Costumed canines of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to participate in the event's annual all-breed Dog Costume Contest! Florence Downtown Oktoberfest takes place at the 100 Block of S. Dargan Street and is free to the public! Beer and food tickets can be purchased on site to indulge in the best treats of Germany!
The Florence Rail Trail is a great place to get your pup that much-needed exercise and outdoor time! As a part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the trail was converted from an unused railroad corridor into a paved and well-maintained path for community use. The trailhead is located at the intersection of Old Ebenezer and South Ebenezer roads and continues for 2, tree-lined miles featuring sweet gums, honeysuckle, grape vines, and various bird species. The paved corridor provides plenty of room for bikers, runners, and dog walkers to share the space with ease. Bring your four-legged friend along for a little taste of nature, just be sure to watch for bikes!