Founded in 1980, Concerned Citizens for Animals is celebrating 36 years of improving the lives of homeless animals in the Upstate. Through our shelter operation and a variety of community service programs, CCA offers a second chance to neglected, stray, and abandoned animals.

As the oldest no-kill shelter in the Upstate, CCA provides treatment, care, and a safe haven for its residents until loving homes are found. All animals are also spayed or neutered. Prospective homes are screened, references are checked, and home visits made to ensure the animals are placed with responsible, caring individuals and families.

CCA’s Feral Cat Program employs the TNR (trap, neuter, and return) process to assist feral cat colony caretakers in maintaining the health of the colony and curbing the colony’s growth. Our Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program is effective in alleviating animal suffering by reducing the number of unwanted canine and feline births in the Upstate.

The combined efforts of an involved management team, a dedicated caretaker, and an active volunteer force create a powerful influence in the lives of those animals in our care and those in the community we serve.

Mission Statement

  • CCA shall not destroy any animal unless it is beyond medical care, and suffering would be the permanent result of medical treatment.
  • CCA shall operate an animal shelter for abandoned, sick, injured, or otherwise homeless animals.
  • CCA shall maintain an adoption program to permanently place homeless animals in qualified homes.
  • CCA shall maintain a low-cost spay/neuter program for the community.
  • CCA shall strive to prevent or stop any abuse, neglect, or otherwise inhumane treatment of any animal.

Concerned Citizens for Animals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please consider supporting CCA’s work with a tax deductible donation.

Board of Directors
Susan Lyerly, President
Bill Burton, Feral Cat Colony Program Director
Renee Franklin, Adoptions Director
Kay Cooksey, Secretary
Kim Ledford, Vice President & Pickens County Director

Advisory Board
Steven R. Shrum, DVM
Patricia Hill, DVM
Andy Goodson, Esq
Betty Way
Sandra McCreight


Making A Difference … One Life at a Time