Pee Dee kennel asks public for help to save animals

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DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – The Darlington County Humane Society is asking the public to donate to its bridge kennel.

Treasurer of the Darlington County Humane Society Board of Directors, Kathy McDonald, said the bridge facility is vital to animals’ lives.

“The bridge kennel is a transitional facility,” said McDonald. “When we have animals on the county shelter grounds that get rescued or adopted, we move them off of shelter grounds to this facility on land that the humane society owns. That opens up kennels at the shelter, and it cuts our euthanasia rate.”

McDonald said the  rate at the Darlington County Humane Society was 75 percent when she started in 2007.

“It’s been reduced to about 25 percent,” she told News13. “We flip-flopped the numbers. It makes me feel wonderful,” she continued. “To think we’d have to go back there would make me feel very defeated, and just like we really failed the people, and the animals of Darlington County.”

McDonald said the bridge kennel came close to closing because it was about $16,000 in debt to the general fund.

“Recently, our payroll has out-paced our donations, and we borrowed from the general fund and borrowed from the general fund, and that takes away from other programs, but we have to pay our people,” she said.

However, McDonald said the humane society raised more than $15,000 in the past nine days to help pay for expenses.

“We need it [the money] to meet our payroll and to meet our utilities, and our maintenance, at that facility,” she said.

McDonald said the humane society needs the public to help through volunteers and donations. She said it’s important to keep a consistent amount of money to help the shelter stay on track.

“Continual support, and also our volunteer support,” she said. “Those things help cut the cost at our facility.”

McDonald said the humane society needs $7,000 a month in order to remain open in order to pay for payroll, and animal needs.

“Getting their vaccines up-to-date, getting their spay and neuters, getting their microchips, getting treated for any diseases that they have,” she explained.

McDonald said animals can stay at the bridge facility as long as six months if the animal needs treatment, and said she was worried when it may have needed to close.

“If we have to close that facility, we will have about 60 dogs and 60 cats that would have to go somewhere else,” she said. “Obviously the shelter’s full, and they could not go back there. We have great foster’s that help our shelter, but I don’t know that we could find 60 places for dogs, and 60 places for cats,” she continued. “We would have to euthanize animals so that these animals that already have a place to go could go into their kennels, and that’s one thing we really don’t want to do. We don’t want to kill more animals than we have to” 

You can find more information, and donate to the Darlington County Humane Society here.

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