NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The North Myrtle Beach Humane Society plans to build a new facility in the coming years.
Executive director Tina Hunter said when the animal shelter was originally designed it was supposed to contain animals for up to seven days. Now it has become a long-term home for many animals and the facility does not hold up.
In 2011, the Humane Society began their campaign for a new facility, but a $ 5.6 million building was not in the budget.
“We’re still not in a position financially to do it now, but with the influx of people moving to the area, there has been an influx of animals,” Hunter said.
From cracked walls and unusable kennels to offices serving as storage cupboards, Hunter said space was very limited and the damage was beyond repair.
“We’ve done all the repairs we can do in this facility, but in terms of structural damage and roof sagging, it’s just not fixable,” she said.
The shelter originally planned to start the project in 2020, but COVID-19 put it on hold. Hunter has now said they are ready to move forward with plans for a new facility.
“We need to revise the original plan we made, just to provide a less stressful environment for the animals and a more pleasant atmosphere for the community,” she said.
While there is currently no defined location, she said the city of North Myrtle Beach has a potential place to build. Their next steps would be to continue negotiations with the city, update their standards and start raising funds.
“What we’re looking to do is just provide a shelter that has better flow for both the animals medically and behaviorally and to make sure the animal space actually meets industry standards. animal welfare today, ”she said.
Hunter said she hopes the new facility will be completed in about two years. At the moment, contractors estimate at least a year and a half to build it.