Surrenders pushing capacity limits at Spartanburg Humane Society


An influx of pet surrenders this summer is causing the Spartanburg Humane Society to push its capacity limits. 

“As the old saying goes, it is raining cats and dogs.” Spartanburg Humane Society CEO Angel Cox told 7News. 

Animal surrenders at the humane society have steadily increased since the summer started. 

“We are overrun with both cats and dogs, mostly cats,” Cox said. 

Kennel after kennel of every breed and litters of kittens are waiting to be adopted at the no-kill shelter, but space has run out.

Despite working with local fosters, Cox says the Spartanburg Humane Society has no option but to bring back its “surrender wait list.”

“Also during the time that they are on the waiting list, that will give the owners time to either make changes in their household to be able to keep the animal or maybe they are able to find a home for it,” said Cox. 

In July, the city of Spartanburg’s new Anti-Tethering Ordinance went into effect placing new regulations on pet owners. The ordinance increased the standards for outdoor animal shelter and limits the time an animal can be tied up. 

Cox told 7News that surrenders are typically higher in the summer. However, the shelter was not anticipating so many surrenders under the new city rule. 

“We’ve had 31 dogs turned in since the ordinance went into effect,” she said.

The Spartanburg Humane Society charges pet owners a $55 fee for surrendering their pet. The fee covers food, veterinary services and many times spaying and neutering the animal. 

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