Horry County Animal Care Center works to increase live release rate

Horry County Animal Care Center works to increase live release rate

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The live release rate for dogs that come into the Horry County Animal Care Center is now 79.5 percent, according to Kelly Bonome, operations manager for HCACC. That's the percentage of dogs that have been adopted, transferred or reclaimed, rather than euthanized.

Bonome said staff members have been pushing adoption specials and promoting animals.

They're also working with rescue partners to transfer animals that don't meet the criteria for adoption here for health or behavioral issues..

She said the shelter is using Facebook to reunite lost pets with their owners.

A low-cost spay neuter program was launched last year and Bonome told the public safety committee Tuesday that more than 120 animals have been spayed or neutered.

"It takes about a seven year transition time to see the effects of all that hard work," Bonome said. "I think we're getting to that point now where we're seeing that more spayed or neutered animals are out there, so we're not having quite as high a population of unwanted pets coming in."

The live release rate for cats is still under 25 percent, she said. Bonome said the shelter recently partnered with more rescue agencies to help transfer more cats out of the shelter.

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