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Best Friends Animal Society’s Partner, Horry County, Passes Laws to Reduce Shelter Crowding and Improve Animal Welfare

Kanab, UT – Best Friends Animal Society is excited to see Horry County leadership pass common-sense ordinances to reduce shelter crowding and improve animal welfare in their community. Best Friends continued to keep a hands-on approach by partnering with the county and granting over $40,000 in funding during 2021.

“It’s encouraging to see Horry County prioritize reducing shelter crowding and improve animal welfare in their community. Best Friends is proud to partner alongside their leadership to make these necessary changes and we are committed now more than ever to helping counties most in need of support to end the killing of healthy and treatable dogs and cats,” said Best Friends Animal Society CEO, Julie Castle.

For almost a year, Best Friends Animal Society worked hand-in-hand with Horry County and Captain Wyatt to improve ordinances that would empower the county to embrace TNVR (trap/neuter/vaccinate/return) to humanely manage a growing community cat population using industry best practices, to end the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in retail pet stores, improve the definition of shelters for dogs who live outdoors, protect dogs transported in open truck or trailer beds on highways, and empower law enforcement to rescue a pet locked in a hot car.

Best Friends has provided $40,000 in grant funding during 2021 as well as policy and technical guidance to support the TNVR program. Horry County is the first county in the state to receive this level of support from Best Friends Animal Society and the organization has committed to helping those counties most in need of financial, policy, and legislative support to end the killing of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in SC.

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 347,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,300 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.