Macaroni Mania helps fund new animal shelter in North Myrtle Beach

Leaders of the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach teamed with local restaurants to raise money for a new animal shelter. The Executive Director said it will cost millions of dollars. (Taggart Houck/WPDE)

Space inside the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach is getting tight. So tight, leaders said it's quickly losing space to house animals in need.

The current building was built in the 1970s. Combine that with an increasing number of homeless pets around the Grand Strand, and there's a need for more space.

"We never have enough space," said Tina Hunter.

Hunter is the Executive Director of the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach.

"We are currently operating out of a building that has been put together piece by piece over the last 43, 44 years," she said, Saturday.

She said in 2017, pet intake went up 12% from intake in 2016. She blames it on an increasing population across the Grand Strand, and she's turning to a mouth-watering favorite, mac and cheese.

About a dozen vendors teamed up Saturday to sell samples of signature macaroni and cheese, all going towards funding a new shelter.

Leaders called it Macaroni Mania. The society already has a plot of land in North Myrtle Beach, and a rendering of a building, but the building itself will cost millions of dollars, money the group doesn't have.

Hunter has had to cut back. Normally, she accepts animals from outside North Myrtle Beach. They're now primarily tied to only helping those within city limits.

"Sometimes we have to refer them to a shelter in their area simply because we don't have space," she said.

Carrie Cassavaugh is a volunteer with the society. She walked around with Pai, a shelter dog available for adoption at the event, Saturday.

"There's a line of dogs out there living on the streets...they need a place to go," she said.

Many are hoping North Myrtle Beach will continue house that place. For now, Hunter said, she's far from their monetary goal. She wouldn't go into specific figures. If you'd like to help, you can click here.

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