Extensive damage prompts Myrtle Beach to seek new home for Grand Strand Humane Society

Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The City of Myrtle Beach is searching for a new home for the Grand Strand Humane Society due to extensive damage at the existing facility on Mr. Joe White Avenue from a rodent infestation.

A pest company was able to remove rodents from the building but the damage to the structure, including its walls and the ceiling, was too extensive, according to the city. It said the money would be better spent on a new location.

“The building is not capable of being reused,” said Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the city. “There’s no sense in spending $500,000 on that facility when that money can be used on a new facility.”

The kennels in the rear of the building on Mr. Joe White Avenue are being cleaned and can be used for short-term housing of some shelter dogs. The kennels should be ready by Nov. 1, according to the city.

“We’re excited to be able to move our large dogs back to bigger enclosures where they can really stretch their legs at all times and then we are looking for our cats and office space moving forward,” said Jess Wnuk, executive director of Grand Strand Humane Society.

The City of Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand Humane Society are looking for a new home that is in, or close to, city limits, has plenty of green space and has ample parking space available for visitors.

“We are very urgently looking for a new space that we can build our forever home that can, again, serve the community for years and years to come,” Wnuk said.

In July, the animal shelter was told by the City of Myrtle Beach to temporarily relocate due to a pest infestation and building repairs.

Anyone with a property that could be used can contact Brian Tucker at btucker@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or 843-918-1126. The city is looking for a property with parking and green space.

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