Locals can adopt furry friends this weekend for free.
Pet adoption events are happening at Grand Strand shelters where adoption fees will be waived.
Due to a high population at the Myrtle Beach shelter at 3241 Mr. Joe White Avenue, Grand Strand Humane Society is participating in the Pick Me! SC statewide adoption event sponsored by The Petco Foundation and the No Kill South Carolina Coalition.
“This year has been a struggle for sure with intakes,” said the shelter’s director Jess Wnuk. “We’re seeing more than ever before.”
A count taken this week indicated there were 239 animals at the shelter, which likes to keep its capacity at 150.
There are also well over 200 other animals in foster care, and transport partners on the East Coast are also experiencing a high volume of intakes.
The goal of the adoption event, happening from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, is for at least 125 animals to find new homes.
Wnuk cited growth and a lack of pet-friendly housing in the area. She highlighted the shelter’s lack of expansion since 2000. As its budget remains the same this year, it cannot afford to hire extra staff members.
Wnuk added animal welfare becoming more common in a community can also lead to members of the public bringing stray animals to a shelter.
Additionally, shelters tend to experience an influx of animals during this time of the year as people move and may not be able to keep their pets.
Vacationers and those out of school for the summer may not be considering whether to adopt an animal.
Adoption fees are being waived due to a $5,000 grant from Hadwin-White Subaru and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
In addition to food and music, the two-day event will include free giveaways of flea and heartworm preventives and other items.
PetSmart coupon books will also be available for adopters.
A shelter on the North Strand is also seeing a surge in intakes.
A adoption event is being held Friday through Sunday at Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach looks to combat the overpopulation.
The three-day event is happening at the shelter at 409 Bay Street each day from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals, a Connecticut-based charity will cover all adoption fees.
The event is part of Free the Shelters, a program created by the Foundation in 2017, to prevent shelter animals from being euthanized and co-sponsored by PRAI Beauty’s philanthropic arm, PRAI for Paws.
Tina Hunter, the shelter’s director, said this week there were nearly 300 cats and dogs at the facility and in foster care.
“Our shelters are full,” she said, adding June is typically when intake is at its highest. “We are bursting at the seams.”
Those looking to adopt are asked questions about things such their lifestyle, household and home environment, and Hunter encourages aspiring adopters to make the adoption a family affair.
She urges community members wanting to adopt to bring the family, including any cats and dogs, to the shelter for a meet and greet.
“It’s a family event when you adopt,” she said.
Pets from the shelter and Kind Keepers Rescue will also be available to adopt at Petco at 596 U.S. 17 North in North Myrtle Beach 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Another participant of the Pick Me! SC event is All 4 Paws Animal Shelter, which will have animals available for adoption in the South Strand.
The animals will be Petco at 160 Sayebrook Parkway, Myrtle Beach, Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Horry County Animal Care Center, located at 1923 Industrial Park Road in Conway, is also having an adoption event 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Saturday.