Animal rescue shelters turning away hundreds

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Trey Paul - bio | email

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Over at the Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission in Conway, you'll find hundreds of animals including chickens, goats, alpacas, dogs, cats and even deer.

WARM's director Julie Finlayson says she's even rescued and raised those.

"I seem to raise a deer about every year," she said.

She says she's been rescuing animals for the past 25 years, but this past year it has been more difficult.

"There are just too many people turning in their animals now," she said.

She blames that on the economy and people not spaying and neutering enough. Finlayson says she has to turn away hundreds of animals a week.

"It's a heartbreaker. It's a heartbreaker. I try to do whatever I can to keep animals alive," she said.

'We've had to turn away animals for a number of months now," said Karen Nierengarten, a volunteer at the Coastal Animal Rescue Mission in Murrells Inlet.

Nierengarten says she's in the same boat with Finlayson.

So what do you do if you want to give your pet up?

"We try to work with the pet parents finding a home for them, encouraging them to place an ad or work with the shelters to get pets placed on," Nierengarten said.

"They have no choice but to take them to animal control where the chances of being euthanized is very high," said Finlayson.

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