Humane society over capacity after housing animals evacuating Florence, asking people to adopt

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GREENVILLE, SC – Evacuations for people and animals along the coast of South Carolina are currently underway.
 
For places like the Greenville Humane Society who are taking in dogs and cats from low country shelters, however, space is an issue.

(julia Brunelle, marketing manager Greenville Humane society)
 
“This is Sydney and she is a 2 month old coonhound mix,” said Julia Brunelle, marketing manager from the Greenville Humane Society. “She has 2 siblings that also came up with her from the low country, she arrived on Sunday,” she said.
 
According to Brunelle, the animal shelter took in between 60 to 70 dogs and cats on Monday and Tuesday.
 
While they’re safe and still under close care, it’s causing an overcrowding issue.
 
“We’re just doing everything we can to save lives,” said Brunelle.
 
7 News was told Tuesday that the Greenville Humane Society can house 180 animals.
 
Currently, they will be housing about 24; an extra 60 over capacity.
 
With the hopes of clearing space, they are now hosting a discounted adoption event with the hopes that people will come by to bring them home.
 
“If you are ever looking for the right time to adopt and you have room in your home for an animal, now is the right time,” she said.  “What we’re hoping is that if people come to adopt, then we will have space for all of them and we’re going to take them regardless so that’s why we need the help of the community because they’re going to be here.”
 
Pets aren’t the only ones fleeing Florence.

People like Lenay Coello, are too.
   
“It wasn’t up until last night when the College of Charleston decided to evacuate students,” said Coello.
 
Coello received a letter from the College of Charleston announcing class cancellations and campus closure.
 
The sophomore said he drove home to Greenville Monday night with a friend to evacuate.
 
“Any college student is kind of relieved to have a little break but, you know,” he said jokingly. “I’m just glad we’re safe.”
 
Donations to the Greenville Humane Society can be made here: https://www.greenvillehumane.com/donate/
 
They are also offering discounted adoption rates, depending on the animal.

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