South Carolina animal shelters strive to ensure state doesn’t kill by 2024


MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Animal shelters statewide gathered for a town hall on Tuesday to discuss turning South Carolina into a deathless state by 2024.

A no-kill shelter is classified as a no-kill when it saves at least 90% of incoming dogs and cats. According to Best Friends Animal Society, South Carolina ranks 16th with 28% of shelters without destruction.

“No-Kill South Carolina” was formed several years ago to make the state a kill-free state by 2024.

“Everything revolves around you, your families, your animals, your neighborhoods, your communities. Together we can build the first state without killing in the south, ”said Joe Elmore, President and CEO of Charleston Animal Society.

The Charleston Animal Society said the euthanasia rate had dropped significantly since 2016 in open-admission shelters. The euthanasia rate is now 8% for dogs and 18% for cats.

Abigail Appleton, director of No-Kill in South Carolina, said that between 2015 and 2020, they saved more than half a million lives in South Carolina. “Which is just amazing and includes over 30,000 less euthanized animals.”

Shelters across the state, including the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach and the Humane Society of Marlboro County, are considering ways to adopt more animals.

Elmore said: “one of the really contested areas of our state”.

At North Myrtle Beach Humanitarian Society, they have a cat enrichment program to train cats while they are at the shelter, to make them more adoptable.

“In two days and four sessions, the cat did a full flip. She had been at the shelter for five months and was adopted within three weeks of the training program, so the program is just phenomenal, ”said Tina Hunter, executive director of the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach.

Marlboro County Humanitarian Society said he started dog playgroups to make them more fit and comfortable, which would help them find a home.

In the upstate, a shelter has a trap, a neutral, an imitation release for cats to help with overcrowding.


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