The Humane Society of Marlboro County, SC is a non-profit, volunteer organization which assists the county in saving as many lives as possible from the new Marlboro County Animal Shelter which opened October 2015. This shelter is run by the county under the direction of the Shelter Director and ACO. Our small, rural county gets very few local adoptions so we move animals through rescue partnerships with groups around the country that can help place pets in loving homes. We are constantly on the lookout for new rescue partners so that we can save more animals in our community. Rescues can apply to pull from us by filling out an application.
The new Marlboro County Animal Shelter is located at 242 Ag Street in Bennettsville, SC.
Open Hours are:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 12:00-6:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00-5:00 PM
Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays
Can you spare a few hours for the homeless animals of Marlboro County? If you would like to spend some time with some very appreciative, loving cats and dogs, puppies and kittens, please email us at humanesocietyofmarlborocounty@ya
Thank you for considering making life a little brighter for our furbabies! Please email us if you can help! firstname.lastname@example.org
We also are in URGENT NEED of Fosters!
Fosters literally SAVE LIVES until a pet leaves for rescues or gets adopted! Can you foster a cat, dog, puppy or kitten? Fill out our Foster Questionnaire.
Please check out the Support Page to find out how you can help and as always, thank you for your care and support of these abandoned homeless animals.
We are always in need of the following items:
Purina Dog & Puppy Chow
Purina Cat & Kitten Chow
Pedigree canned puppy food
Pedigree canned adult food
Canned Cat food
Towels and rags
Dog and Cat Crates
Kong Dog toys, mostly large or extra large
Kong stuffing or natural organic peanut butter
Washable dog toys
A bit of background:
The Marlboro County Animal Shelter was an old jailhouse in need of major repair, with one county employee (ACO) and a prisoner dropped off every morning. In the summer of 2011, we were able to convince them to shut down their gas chambers, though they were still a high kill shelter. In September 2011, we gained a set of keys to access the facility after hours and were able to post videos and photos of the conditions there which have outraged the public. Due to the outcry, in September 2011, the county offered the Humane Society of Marlboro County a lease agreement.The shelter was closed for almost 1 year as repairs were made.
The county made much needed repairs such as replacing the roof, repairing the drainage, installing heating and fans and painting. The Humane Society of Marlboro County moved into the building in August of 2012 through September of 2015 and successfully ran the shelter saving over 1200 animals through rescue and adoptions. We ran the shelter for 3 years with only volunteers, donations and fundraisers as a limited intake shelter. The county did not employ an ACO during this time. At the beginning of 2015, due to community complaints that we didn’t have enough space to take in all the animals that residents wanted to surrender, the Marlboro County Council decided to renovate a new, bigger building in town and re-open the Marlboro County Animal Shelter as an open intake shelter. They hired a Shelter Director/Animal Control Officer and asked us, the Humane Society, to still be involved in helping save lives.
The Humane Society of Marlboro County and the Marlboro County government are dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals that enter the shelter and we will continue to ensure that animals are well cared for. Unfortunately, due to the pet overpopulation in Marlboro County and residents not taking responsibility in spaying/neutering their pets, all animals now have only 30 days upon entering the new shelter. The Humane Society has a goal of saving every adoptable animal through rescue, adoption or foster homes. We can only do this with the community’s help. Find out how you can help SAVE LIVES here: Support Page.