Short-term adoptions helping county avoid killing animals

2014-02-08T00:30:00Z Short-term adoptions helping county avoid killing animals The Times and Democrat

There’s a new way to look at short-term care, and it’s being put into place by a different kind of adoption agency.

“We’re doing adoptions,” Orangeburg County Animal Control Director Les Porter said.

Short, tall, skinny, chubby or small, they’re all up for a different kind of adoption through a program being slowly implemented at the county’s animal control facility.

Rather than 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, in turn, allows more animals to be accepted at the shelter.

“Their job is to basically find a home for the animal,” Porter said. “They’re an extended hand of us.”

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

Porter said the busiest time of year for the shelter is now. In many cases, a new puppy or kitten is given as a gift for Christmas. When the “newness” wears off, the puppy that shared in the holidays is dropped beside a deserted roadway, Porter said.

The Orangeburg facility took in 137 animals in January, officials said. Of those, 107 were able to be saved. The remainder were too ill or injured to be placed in the adoption 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” to take in furry foster companions.

Officials say that not only will a pet avoid euthanasia, but be transformed from shy and timid to an adoring companion.

If area residents aren’t able to offer a foster home for a pet, they can still help out by donating any household cleaning materials, such as bleach, dish and laundry washing detergents, or vaccinations available at many businesses that carry pet care supplies.

For more information, call 803-534-0045 and ask to speak with an officer.

Contact the writer: rwalker@timesanddemocrat.com at 803-533-5516.

Contact the writer: 803-533-5516

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  1. scfireman
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    scfireman - February 08, 2014 9:50 am
    I may just have to go get me a little foster doggie!
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