PICKENS CO, SC (WSPA) – The Pickens Co. Humane Society says they are forced to close their doors after they weren’t able to raise enough money.
In a news release, they said they had continued to operate in the red and were financially ruined with a loss of funding. They say they depleted their endowments and can’t survive with the lack of community support.
They wrote the following:
We can’t fully express our deepest gratitude for your support. Working with the residents and community of Pickens County has been nothing but an absolute pleasure. We have taken in so many animals and found so many forever homes. We have laughed and cried, been happy and sad in our time here at the shelter.
This comes after the county reallocated funds to balance their budget and was no longer able to provide extra money to the humane society.
“That is 35% of our budget, which is $70,000,” said Megan Brown, the manager of the Humane Society. “We operate in the negative every month, every year because we’re a non-profit organization.”
The organization stopped receiving county funds on July 1st.
From July 1 to September 30, they took in 100 animals and adopted, rescued, other humane societies pulled and/or owner reclaimed 93 animals.
They currently have 56 animals that need homes before the organization closes its doors. Their last day of business will be December 31.
They will no longer accept animals as of Oct. 16.
They say they will care for the animals in the facility as normal and will focus on making sure they find forever homes.
They say Upstate SPCA has agreed to accept any animals that remain after Dec. 31. County employees say they think if the community steps up, the doors to the Humane Society could stay open.
“Five or six years ago before the county was helping them, they were doing it by themselves. And they’ve been in business a long time, so we think that with the community stepping up to help, it doesn’t have to be a closure,: said Sharon Johnson, the community relations director for the county.
They are asking you for donations and money to help operate until the end of the year.
Below is a list of other resources you have for adoption services and surrendering of animals.
Greenville Humane Society
305 Airport Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
Greenville County Animal CARE
328 Furman Hall Rd # C, Greenville, SC 29609 (864) 467-3950 Adoptions
Upstate SPCA 186 Prison Camp Rd Pickens, SC 29671 (864) 898-5936
Surrenders ONLY Adoptions TBA
Oconee Humane Society
1925 Sandifer Blvd, Seneca, SC 29678 (864)882-4719
1320 Highway 29, Anderson, SC 29626
Anderson County Humane Society
407 Pearman Dairy Rd, Anderson, SC 29625
(864) 367-7220 Adoptions