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Despite busy summer, animal shelter still working to become no-kill

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Greenville Co. Animal Care is working to become a no-kill shelter and turn Greenville into a "no-kill community" (FOX Carolina) Greenville Co. Animal Care is working to become a no-kill shelter and turn Greenville into a "no-kill community" (FOX Carolina)
The shelter received a grant from PetCo to help re-home cats (FOX Carolina Jul. 12, 2016) The shelter received a grant from PetCo to help re-home cats (FOX Carolina Jul. 12, 2016)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When Greenville County Animal Care received a $175,000 grant from PetCo for a cat diversion program, they knew it would help them advance toward becoming a no-kill shelter. 

But they still need the public's help. 

"We are always faced with a space issue here in our shelter," said the shelter's division manager Shelly Simmons. "We shouldn't have to put animals to sleep just because there is not enough space."

Simmons said the amount of strays and surrenders coming can be disproportionate to the number of animals being adopted. 

"We are trying to build a no-kill community," she said. "It's more than just our shelter."

Still, staff at the shelter said they are making great strides with community outreach and grants like the one from PetCo earlier this month to help re-home stray cats. During the summer months Simmons said the shelter operates at capacity or higher. And cats, she said, get the short end of the stick.

"We see about the same number of homeless cats and dogs come into our facility," she said. "Virtually no one comes to look for their lost cat."

How can you help? Simmons said you can donate online here, volunteer at the shelter and foster animals. She said instead of immediately turning to the shelter to surrender unwanted pets, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to adopt your pet from you.

"We should be the last resort for people trying to surrender their pets," said Simmons.

Staff says helping them will save animals, save the shelter space - and save your tax dollars. 

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