Bow Wow! SC shelter offers free cat, dog adoptions

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV/AP) - A sharp increase in the number of dogs and cats dropped off at the St. Francis Animal Center in Georgetown is leading the shelter to waive its $100 to $250 adoption fees this week.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Wednesday that shelter director Wendy Goude says it is filled to capacity. Goode says the shelter needs help meeting its goal of adopting animals instead of euthanizing them.

Goude says the nonprofit's normal level is 250 animals and it has about 300. Their free service includes spaying and neutering, all vaccines and a tracking micro-chip to identify the animal.

To qualify for an adoption, the shelter asks those interested to fill out an application. Animals may be viewed at . Other information is available by calling 843-546-0780.

The Charleston Animal Society is also trying to create space in its shelter and is offering free adoptions all week.

"When Charleston Animal Society made a pledge to make Charleston a No Kill Community by 2015, we knew that there were going to be periods of great trepidation that came with it," Chief Executive Officer Joe Elmore acknowledges.{}"In particular, we knew the summer months would be challenging."

All animals available for adoption through Charleston Animal Society come spayed or neutered, are fully vaccinated, microchipped, and are eligible for a free health exam from most veterinarians.


Animals eligible for fee-waived adoptions are available at Charleston Animal Society's animal care campus at 2455 Remount Rd. in North Charleston.{}

Shelter hours during this event are:

Tuesday, August 6th - 12:00PM - 6:00PM

Wednesday, August 7th - 12:00PM - 6:00PM

Thursday, August 8th - 12:00PM - 6:00PM

Friday, August 9th - 12:00PM - 6:00PM

Saturday, August 10th - 10:00AM - 6:00PM