Horry County Animal Care Center offers free adoptions all week

HORRY COUNTY SC (WBTW) – The Horry County Animal Care Center is offering free adoptions all week after taking in more than 30 animals as part of an animal neglect investigation by the Washington Police Department. Horry County.

Horry County Police spokeswoman Mikayla Moskov told News13 that 29 dogs and 8 chickens were seized and ranged in condition from dehydrated to starving.

Since these animals are still part of the investigation, they are not available for adoption. However, almost 70 other animals are.

There are now 240 animals at the center, putting it at full capacity. This number includes court case pets, adoptable pets, strays and more.

Moskov said their staff had to take care of a lot of animals, which meant they had no open kennels to bring in other animals.

“As a public safety shelter, we need to provide space when there are animals that pose a public safety risk to the community or are associated with these court cases,” Moskov said. “Right now, we can accommodate strays or abandonments from owners, as we need to move some of our adoptables, depending on which ones are already in the shelter.”

Eight animals were adopted on Saturday when free adoptions began, and staff hope the number will continue to rise.

“We want more people to come out, adopt, you can even foster,” Moskov said. “There is a foster program that allows you to have a week-long trial with an animal to see if it is suitable. Or there is the foster program which allows you to simply give a shelter dog a break for a little while.

All animals available for adoption are up to date with their vaccines, have been spayed or neutered and have been microchipped.

The refuge is open Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

A list of all adoptable pets can be found on the property’s website.

Benjamin M. Yerger