Hurricane Matthew is over and done with. But for Beaufort County Animal Services, there’s been no slowdown since the storm moved in two weeks ago.
“They are just flooding in,” said Tallulah Trice of the constant intake of animals. “We just picked up 13 dogs, abandoned and neglected.”
The director of the Beaufort County Animal Shelter said many have stepped up to assist with everything from boarding to pet supplies since the hurricane ravaged the Lowcountry. But, with many low on funds due to evacuation or now without jobs due to storm damage, families have had to turn to BCAS to care for their own animals. The need, she said, remains high.
As of Wednesday afternoon, BCAS had received 2,000 pounds of food from Petco alone and had distributed 60 palettes of food and supplies.
“We’ve helped people in the past and they want to help now,” she said of the many who have donated.
Want to donate? Trice suggests you first look at the need in your own neighborhood. If a neighbor has pets, donate to them first. But if you must give to BCAS, reach them through their Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-255-5010 (leave a message).
Need pet food or supplies? Stop by the shelter, at 23 Shelter Church Road, Beaufort, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Hilton Head Humane Association, at 10 Humane Way, Hilton Head, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Can’t make the trip? Contact BCAS for delivery options.
Here’s a look at just some of those who have aided BCAS and Hilton Head Humane in recent weeks: