- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Orangeburg County Animal Control is taking a new approach to placing animals in homes, and making space for new arrivals at the same time.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports (https://bit.ly/1bHboYo) that instead of offering permanent, long-term care, potential foster home volunteers are asked to take an animal until it can be placed in a permanent home. That allows more animals to be accepted at the shelter.

Animal Control Director Les Porter said the ultimate goal is to move as many pets into loving homes as possible and cut down on the number that have to be put down.

Officials said the Orangeburg shelter took in 137 animals in January. Of those, 107 were saved, while the rest were too ill or injured to be placed in the program.

The cost of euthanasia reaches thousands of dollars per month. Porter said those costs could be cut with more volunteers, at a savings for the taxpayer.

But more than that, a companion pet could find a home.

Officials said the short-term adoption program was started by word of mouth in October with just a few volunteers. Porter said the program has gone well since.

“As we started preparing for this, more and more people wanted to adopt,” Porter said.

There are 10 volunteers right now, but Porter said the office would accept “as many as we can get.”

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Information from: The Times & Democrat, https://www.timesanddemocrat.com


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