Marion County animal shelter sees increase in numbers during summer months

Some of the animals who call Paws to the Rescue home. | Source: Facebook
Some of the animals who call Paws to the Rescue home. | Source: Facebook
Shelter pups smile for the camera. | Source: Facebook
Shelter pups smile for the camera. | Source: Facebook

MARION, SC (WMBF) - Paws to the Rescue Animal Shelter has held various events to gain attention, most recently a documentary showing at a restaurant in Marion County.

Despite a small turnout, Director Jen Nall is determined to keep trying.

Nall moved to Marion County in October 2008.

"I was always the little kid that took in the strays," Nall recalled. "After Hurricane Katrina, I moved to Marion County to help establish the shelter."

Nall grew up in New York, but has been in the Pee Dee nearly 17 years.

Before founding Paws to the Rescue, she served as an office manager of an architectural firm.

Much different from her previous career, the Paws to the Rescue shelter is an old tobacco barn.

"It's small, not pretty," Nall explained. "But that's because all the effort goes into the care for the animals."

"This time of year is 'puppy and kitten season,' Nall said, counting well over 100 animals currently calling the shelter home. "This time of year, the number definitely on the rise."

Monetary donations and day-to-day supplies, like: bleach, wet dry food, paper towels, and wipes are always needed.

"The more help we get, the more we can help," Nall explained.

Time is a generous gift. Volunteers can walk dogs and help out at the shelter.

Nall said there are lots of ways to help.

"People have held yard sales and donated the money, saved cell phones, collected ink cartridges, and send the shelter the money," Nall recalled.

If you would like to volunteer, contact the shelter at 843-423-8370. The shelter is located at 123 Dog & Cat Court in Mullins.

To visit its website, click here.

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