Spared a zone from evacuation for Hurricane Matthew, a pet kennel is rolling out a welcome mat for families seeking a place for their dogs and cats, in light of many emergency shelters that cannot accommodate pets.
Benji’s Bed & Breakfast, 295 Tiller Road, Pawleys Island, between U.S. 17 and Petigru Drive, has room to board dogs and cats for free for the duration of the storm and its immediate aftermath, said Joe Weeks, part of the kennel crew.
Weeks said Thursday that falling in Georgetown County’s Zone B, not subject to evacuation effected at noon for Zone A across Horry and Georgetown counties, allowed Benji’s owner, Charlotte Troy, to coordinate this gift for the community amid the crisis.
Weeks said Benji’s crew members, who hail from areas between Georgetown and Myrtle Beach, will “hunker down,” with plenty of food and water in storage for their four-legged guests.
“We just want to be able to help anybody who needs shelter for their pets,” Weeks said.
Benji’s, which has been in business for 12 years, also made similar outreach last October during the historic flooding that engulfed the Lowcountry and many parts of South Carolina.
“We took in quite a few animals in that flooding,” Weeks said, “so we kind of know the drill.”
Asked for Benji’s capacity as of 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Weeks said room was available for about “100 more dogs, and probably at least 10 cats.”
“We play with the dogs,” he said of passing the time with attention and upkeep, and “there’s always something to be done.”
Weeks said with four different “yards,” dogs have plenty of room for “socialization,” too.
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 843-444-1764.