Berkeley County Animal Center Receives $65,000 Grant From PetSmart Charities | News

MONCKS CORNER — The Berkeley County Animal Center received a $65,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help the shelter locate and find homes for more animals.

The grant will help cover the cost of spaying or neutering each animal, vaccines and testing. The funds will also cover essential veterinary care for sick and injured animals that arrive at the shelter each day.

The grant will help the animal center provide more adoptable animals and host more offsite events.

As the only animal shelter in the county, the center has been committed to reducing the number of homeless cats and dogs across the county since 2017. It takes in more than 5,500 stray, abandoned and lost animals each year.

“We are proud to support the Berkeley Animal Center in its efforts to care for and connect homeless pets with loving homes – especially during the pandemic,” said Johnny Jenkins, associate relationship manager at PetSmart Charities.

“The Berkeley County Animal Center is an important partner in our efforts to reduce pet overpopulation in rural areas,” he added.

With the rapid growth of Berkeley County, construction of a new animal center is underway. The 11,500 square foot structure, which will include a main building, admission kennels and adoption kennels, is scheduled to open in June.

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The center will accommodate around 200 animals inside the building, as well as horses, pigs and goats outside.

There will be three fenced-in grass outdoor playgrounds – each approximately 485 square feet – plus two fenced-in horse pastures and one fenced-in pig/goat pen.

The horse pasture will be approximately 31,500 square feet, while the pig/goat area will be 15,000 square feet.

Berkeley County II Animal Center

The Berkeley County Animal Center welcomes more than 5,500 stray, abandoned and lost animals each year. Berkeley County/Supplied

The animal center funding of $1.96 million was funded as part of the 2016 general obligation.

The shelter will be at 131 Central Berkeley Drive.

“We think this is a great partnership with PetSmart Charities,” Berkeley County spokeswoman Hannah Moldenhauer said.

Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.5 million pets find homes through its in-store adoption program at more than 1,650 stores. PetSmart has donated more than $450 million to help improve access to veterinary care and connect people and pets through grant-like initiatives with the Berkeley Animal Center.

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