Sometimes a little exposure and some help from others can make a difference in the life of an animal. But one event brought love and compassion to more than one. Fifteen local shelter animals found forever homes and 27 dogs and 43 cats were spayed and neutered, thanks to the efforts of the staff at Williamsburg County Animal Care and Control (WCACC) and the help of Saint Francis Animal Center.
From Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14, WCACC Director Monique McCrea, Senior Animal Care Control Technician Ann Feagin, Environmental Service Officer Bobbie Lynn Smith, and several volunteers setup under a huge oak tree in the Bi-Lo parking lot where they showed off many of their four legged friends. They are participating in Pick Me! SC Adoption, an event that included more than 60 shelters, rescues and Petco stores across the state. Many would find homes but while the adoption program was in full swing, another group was providing other services. Staff from Saint Francis Animal Center in Georgetown picked up dozens of animals from qualified owners and spent the day at a spay/neuter clinic, free of charge thanks to a grant. McCrea was grateful for the opportunity to participate. “We were just lucky enough to be chosen for the program,” she said.
According to the Humane Society, 6 to 8 million animals end up in shelters each year, half of which will probably not be adopted. Twenty-five percent of pets in shelters are purebreds and most pets end up homeless through no fault of their own. The top reasons relinquishing their pets are moving and landlord issues.
The staff is planning to participate in Furricane Party, the Grand Strand’s largest pet adoption event. The event is hosted by Saint Francis Animal Center and will be at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center from August 17 to August 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the meantime, local pets are still available for adoption. Not ready or can’t adopt? The animal shelter, located at 200 County Camp Road in Kingstree, is always in need of sponsors and volunteers. For more information, contact McCrea at (843) 355-9312.