The Laurens County Humane Society (LCHS) has been in operation since July 2015. They are a no-kill adoption center that accepts owner surrender dogs and cats as space permits.
Using a combination of their building and pet foster homes, the LCHS has cared for as many as 59 pets at one time demand has increased since COVID and the facility is struggling to keep up with the number of puppies and kittens, and adult pets being surrendered by Laurens County residents.
The LCHS is also the only place in Laurens County that takes cats. The intake of abandon litters or pets has increased with many being left on their front porch. The animals are saved but the facility is overflowing with more animals than they can afford to support and not enough staff to properly care for them.
As a result, the LCHS is facing closing their doors in January 2023 if they can’t secure the necessary funds and community support to properly continue operations. The costs to operate the facility is between $15,000 and $18,000 per month. Adoption fees alone do not cover this cost and donations are down.
In addition to the increase in the number of animals housed in the shelter, the cost of many services has increased. Veterinary surgeries for spay/neuter have doubled since COVID and they must travel to Newberry and Spartanburg for surgeries. Additional staff have also been needed to care for the increase in animals.
In order to remain open, the LCHS is asking the community for financial support. Individuals in the community and businesses are asked to consider a financial contribution.
Since they started tracking in 2017, the LCHS has taken in 1,607 unwanted animals and adopted out 1,668.
To support the LCHS and their mission to save as many Laurens County pets as possible and maintain their Spay/Neuter clinic you can mail donations payable to the Laurens County Humane Society to PO Box 1600, Clinton, SC 29325. The LCHS is a 501(c)3 organization so your donation is tax deductible.