Adopting new dogs and cats is in vogue in Horry County.
The Horry County Animal Care Center completed 118 adoptions in April, an increase from its monthly average. Another 91 animals were either reclaimed by their owners or sent to other rescue shelters.
“It is one of their higher months that they’ve had,” said Lisa Bourcier, Horry County spokeswoman.
The animal shelter averages between 90 and the low-100s adoptions each month, Bourcier added. Reclaimed animals average between 35 and 40.
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An aggressive outreach program helped the county animal care shelter get the word out about the future pets.
Proper identification has allowed the animal center to return more missing pets to their rightful owners.
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 percent to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners. Most were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
“Having identification on your pets, either identification tags or a microchip, is not just part of being a responsible pet owner but is also the law in the unincorporated areas of Horry County,” said Kelly Bonome, operations manager for the county animal shelter.
From July 2012 through April, 549 animals went to rescue centers, Bourcier said. Another 391 were reclaimed and 1,017 found new homes through adoption.
For more information, contact the Horry County Animal Care Center at 915-5172.
County to start mosquito reduction initiative
Weather permitting, Horry County will start treating nearly 6,000 local catch basins in the coming weeks to try and reduce the mosquito population, according to a press release.
County residents can help reduce mosquitoes by clearing drainage ditches of debris and weeds; keeping boats drained, covered or overturned; and changing the water in pet dishes.
Residents requesting spraying in their area can call Horry County Mosquito and Spraying at 915-5174.
Conway library to celebrate S.C. Appreciation Week
The Conway branch of the Horry County Memorial Library will celebrate S.C. Appreciation Week from May 20 to May 24.
Each event at the Conway library will feature typical state snacks like boiled peanuts, benne seed wafers and sweet tea. At the end of the week, the library will give away a S.C. “Home” print.