The Horry County Animal Care Center was able to complete 118 adoptions during the month of April and 91 animals were either reclaimed by their owners or sent to various rescues for a total of 209 animals saved.
The Center is open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Potential adopters are encouraged to visit and spend time with the animal they are most interested in. Most of the animals are already spayed or neutered and have their shots up to date, however younger animals may need to be returned later to have shots and/or spay/neutering done.
Adoption fees are just $80 for dogs and $50 for cats and include spay/neuter, vaccines including Rabies, heartworm or leukemia testing, heartworm and flea preventative, intestinal parasite treatment and microchipping.
Qualifying new pet parents also get 30-days free pet health insurance and coupons from local pet businesses. Statistics from the ASPCA show that only 20% to 30% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters.
The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) found that less than 2% of cats and only 15% -20% of dogs are returned to their owners and most of those were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
"The Horry County Animal Care Center gets an average of 30 animals every day and 95% of those do not have identification. To increase your chances of getting a lost pet home and eliminate confusion, put ID on them. Having identification on your pets, either identification tags or a microchip is not just part of being a responsible pet owner but is also the law in the unincorporated areas of Horry County," says Horry County Animal Care Center Operations Manager, Kelly Bonome.
For more information, contact the Horry County Animal Care Center at 843-915-5172 or www.horrycounty.org.