Horry County Animal Care Center rescued nearly 1,000 additional pets in 2021, data shows

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Animal Care Center has made major improvements in the number of animals it has rescued, according to new data.

Best Friends Animal Society, an animal welfare organization, provides a national overview of the number of dogs and cats that enter and exit shelters each year.

The organization measures shelter salvage with a metric called the “save rate.” A savings rate of 90% is a benchmark to be considered a “no-kill” shelter. It takes into account that approximately 10% of animals in shelters have medical or behavioral circumstances that warrant humane euthanasia, rather than killing for lack of space.

Data from Best Friends revealed that HCACC took in 3,051 pets in 2021. Of these pets, 2,550 were rescued, representing a rescue rate of 83.6%.

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Best Friends said it showed great progress from 2020, when HCACC took in 4,533 pets and rescued 2,898, for a rescue rate of 63.9%.

It’s a nearly 20% increase in savings rate that puts HCACC in the top 100 most improved shelters nationwide, according to Best Friends.

The organization said HCACC has made great strides in improving its rescue rate through a community-based cat-return and trap-neuter-vaccination program.

People can also help save lives by choosing to adopt from a shelter or rescue group, spaying or neutering their pets, fostering, volunteering, donating, supporting and defend community cats through trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) and shelter-run TNVR programming.

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Benjamin M. Yerger