Berkeley Animal Center joins declared state of emergency for SC shelters

CREDIT: Berkeley Animal Center

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC — Overcrowding prompted the Berkeley Animal Center and dozens of animal shelters across South Carolina to declare a state of emergency.

“This is a critical time for the community to step in and open their hearts and homes to a new pet. For a number of reasons adoptions have been down lately. Although we are Continually grateful to our staff, volunteers and local citizens who regularly give their time, support and finances to the Berkeley Animal Center, we are always in dire need of more help, more foster families and more adoptions,” said Heather McDowell, director of Berkeley Animal Center

Statewide animal welfare organizations, such as the South Carolina Animal Care and Control Association (SCACCA), No Kill South Carolina, and the South Carolina Animal Legislative Coalition, are working together to encourage pet owners current and new to make room for another furry friend, county officials said.

“Almost every shelter in the state … is at breaking point and needs help now. These and other life-saving organizations are critically over capacity and there are no signs of letting up. We need to move these animals into homes now, especially as we enter the peak of hurricane season,” said Abigail Appleton, No Kill South Carolina 2024 Project Manager, CAWA, PMP.

In response, the Berkeley Animal Center has reduced its adoption fees for cats and dogs and is urging the public to consider adopting and/or fostering adoption from its shelter, located at 131 Central Berkeley Drive in Moncks Corner .

In addition, the shelter currently accepts animals in case of emergency ONLY.

Benjamin M. Yerger