Animal programs

Marion County Animal Shelter goes above and beyond to work for a new location

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – From the Grand Strand to the Pee Dee, animal shelters are filled to the brim.

With limited resources, the Marion County Animal Shelter hopes to soon have a new home to care for all the animals.

“Haha, that’s a lot of physical work,” said Barbara Lamb, director of the Marion County Animal Shelter.

Lamb says she and her staff of five are laughing so as not to cry as the shelter asks for help.

“It started with that building over there with wire cages, and it didn’t do a lot of adoptions, and it progressed over the years, both good and bad,” Lamb said.

The shelter’s problems range from sanitation and water flow issues to capacity restrictions.

The shelter can only accommodate 80 dogs. There are currently 120 dogs calling the shelter home, which means the shelter has 40 dogs over its limit.

In 2016, Anderson Bank donated a building to the county, which was designated for the new shelter.

The county has committed $250,000 for the renovations, but the total renovations are expected to cost $1.2 million.

This leaves the shelter in need of further grants and donations.

Last May, the shelter tried to raise funds with a garage sale. An association has also been launched.

“SOS that is, Support our Shelter Marion, SC is the 5013C that works with us,” Lamb said. “They help us with our low-cost castration and sterilization program. They also help us with all the problems and things we need that are not in the county budget, but they also need donations.

Other donations like a state-approved $500,000 grant would also help the shelter.

This application process has not yet started.

In the meantime, Lamb said volunteers, adopters and tons of food are still needed.

Thanks to the hard work going on at the shelter, Lamb hopes the new move will soon pay off.

“If it wasn’t worth it, I wouldn’t be here. I feel like I’m making a difference and I want to end my career on a high, not a low. Getting this shelter back up and running is a pinnacle,” Lamb said.

On July 28, the county will open the bidding process for construction companies to take on the new animal shelter project.

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