Berkeley County Animal Center is ‘already over capacity’ | Community News


Every day, new arrivals present up on the Berkeley County Animal Center.

Since shifting to the county’s new shelter location in mid-June — which provides considerably extra space than the previous constructing on Cypress Gardens Road — workers say they’re already over capability.

The county’s shelter moved to 131 Central Berkeley Drive in Moncks Corner over the summer time. The 11,500-square-foot shelter is designed to accommodate animals inside in addition to horses, pigs and goats outdoors.

“Unfortunately since we have been right here now we have maxed,” mentioned shelter director Heather McDowell. “We have method too many animals coming in, so we nonetheless do not have sufficient room, and I do not know if we ever will except individuals begin spaying and neutering their animals.”

Although the shelter is nonetheless new, McDowell says that finally, they are going to almost definitely have so as to add on extra space to accommodate the excessive quantity of animals coming in.

“We run at capacity or over capacity most of the time,” defined Tiffany Hoffman, who is the occasion coordinator for the shelter. “I think with Berkeley County, we are growing rapidly, and with growth we are going to have more animals.”

A group effort

The shelter is staffed by fewer than 13 workers members and is a group of shifting elements, from neighborhood members volunteering to people who assist foster the pets.

Abby Garrett, who has been working for Animal Control for 2 years, is one of many key gamers. Garret and different animal management officers steadily convey strays or animals which have been deserted into the shelter. From there, volunteers like Robby Levesque, who has been serving to out on the animal heart because the transfer, play an enormous function in helping with taking the canine on walks and serving to bathe the animals and or deal with laundry as wanted. Both people are presently fostering a canine, or have chosen to undertake a canine they have been fostering.

“We save lots of lives due to our fosters,” Hoffman mentioned. “We save hundreds of lives and there is no method we might try this with out them.”

Hoffman defined that when issues started shutting down early within the pandemic, workers seen extra households seeking to foster or undertake.

“When all the pieces shut down, we had lots of people seeking to foster,” Hoffman mentioned. “We particularly noticed these households with children wanting.”

But there have been fewer such volunteers in current months, and the necessity to discover houses for the animals on the shelter is nonetheless essential. Community members which might be concerned about fostering, Hoffman says, can come out to the shelter and the workers there’ll assist discover a good match for the person and the pet.

“We provide you with crates, meals, treats and now we have a 24-hour foster assist line,” Hoffman famous, explaining that workers members attempt to cater to the wants of these fostering an animal as a result of they’re conscious of how vital their function is. “We respect our fosters a lot and we do not need to burn them out. We can match their schedule.”

The shelter has a number of upcoming occasions aimed to assist the animal heart and encourage adoption, together with Woofstock, which is a Lowcountry dog-friendly music competition going down on Oct. 10 on the Hanahan Amphitheater. The shelter is additionally internet hosting an adoption occasion on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Petsense in Goose Creek. All adoptable animals will probably be neutered/spayed, microchipped and vaccinated.

Individuals concerned about adopting can cease by the animal heart throughout adoption hours, which occur Tuesday via Saturday, 1-5p.m.