SC Pet Shelters Break Record with Adoption Event in 2021 | New
South Carolina Animal Shelters Break Adoption Record With Their Pick Me! SC event, which ended on June 27.
Throughout the event, participating shelters donated animals at reduced or no cost to encourage future pet owners to adopt. Shelter officials hoped to adopt 1,500 animals on the way, but a record 1723 were released from shelters. The total included 699 dogs and 1,024 cats.
âAs the number of animals in shelters reached crisis levels, Southern Carolinians again responded to their local shelters to make room for one more family member,â said Joe Elmore, president. and CEO of the Charleston Animal Society, in a statement.
The top performing shelters this year included two in the Lowcountry. Greenville County Animal Care recorded 247 adoptions, Charleston Animal Society 238 adoptions, Anderson County PAWS 164 adoptions, and Berkeley Animal Center 105 adoptions.
Spring is a typical time of year for a South Carolina kitten boom, and animal rescuers previously told The Post and Courier they’ve been inundated with animals this year.
The increase has been compounded because many shelters and rescues halted their sterilization and sterilization programs last year, both for domestic animals and for wild animals that could be neutered and then released. The procedures require personal protective equipment which was in high demand to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The question also arose as to whether there would be a demand for new pets, given that so many people stuck at home last year had chosen to adopt. In rare cases, owners who have returned to work have returned animals that could not adjust to the separation.
But as the numbers proved, there was still a lot of demand for a furry friend in 2021.
Contact ChloÃ© Johnson at 843-735-9985. Follow her on Twitter @_ChloeAJ.