Horry County Animal Care Center Launches New ‘Home for the Pawlidays’ Fostering Program

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) — You can spread holiday cheer and help out a four-legged friend with Horry County Animal Care Center’s new Pawliday Foster Program.

The new foster program aims to give anxious animals a break from shelter life while bringing you and your family the joy of having a pet for the short term.

Starting Tuesday, the Animal Care Center will provide everything you need to foster a dog or cat, and then you’ll have the whole Thanksgiving holiday to share with your pet.

After you and your family have absorbed the head scratches and belly rubs, you can drop your foster family off at the animal care center on Sunday.

However, if you fall in love with these puppy eyes, you can upgrade to permanent adoption for free.

Captain Justin Wyatt, director of the Horry County Animal Care Center, said he would love to see foster homes find their fur with you.

“You get this link. You get that attachment with that animal when you feed it. And sometimes it’s hard to give them back. For us, it’s a win for the shelter, it’s a win for the animal, and it’s a win for their new home,” Wyatt said.

If you can’t foster this time around, the Horry County Animal Care Center also offers the Home for the Pawlidays foster program during the Christmas holidays.

Wyatt said the Animal Care Center is offering free animal adoptions throughout the holiday season as an added boost to help find homes for animals.

“Any time of the year, especially when the weather starts to get colder, we get an influx of animals here at the Animal Care Center and we’re full. So the best thing anyone can do to help us is to make space for other animals in need and that’s through adoptions,” Wyatt said.

If you can’t adopt or adopt, you can still help the shelter by attending the animal center’s first-ever Doggie Angel Tree this year.

You can choose a tag from one of the trees with the name and photo of one of the Animal Care Center dogs.

Then you can give the dog all his Christmas needs, like pet supplies or a new chew toy.

Here are the locations where you can find the Dog Angel Trees:

  • Horry County Courthouse
  • PetSense located in Conway
  • Conway Sports and Fitness Center

For more information about the Horry County Animal Care Center, click here, or email [email protected] or call 843-915-5172.

Benjamin M. Yerger