GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - Wendy Goude, the director of the St. Frances Animal Center, says it’s time for South Carolina to have tougher spay and neuter laws.
“Every shelter and rescue in South Carolina is just a hamster in a wheel,” Goude said. “We are spinning, spinning, and spinning trying to save these animals, and the people that don't care just keep reproducing them or letting them reproduce. It is imperative that South Carolina get off their behinds and get behind these animals.”
Goude’s shelter is built for 150 animals, but last week housing was almost 400.
"If 30 more had come in, somebody was going to lose and as someone, like a momma to these babies, you tell me how you would feel if you had to say, ‘Ok, my child. You're the one today,’" Goude said.
Thirty-four states have spay and neuter laws, but they all differ in age requirements and punishments. In South Carolina, only animals adopted from a shelter have to be spayed or neutered, and owners only need to promise to spay or neuter their animals. Louisiana’s law includes prison time as a punishment, and Rhode Island requires all pets to be spayed or neutered.
“Spay and neuter ordinances need to be put in effect in South Carolina immediately or this is never going to end," Goude said.
The Georgetown shelter has started to move some of the animals to New Jersey which has a stronger law and less crowded shelters. But Goude said the community also needs to help adopt their animals and support stronger laws.
"We do this for the animals, and I just hope the community comes behind us and does it for the animals too, please,” Goude said. “We need homes. These are our babies, they're not just a number. They're our kids."
Goude said the additional animals have also been a big financial burden. With its current load, the non-profit shelter pays $42,000 dollars a month to feed and house the animals. If you wish to donate or adopt, visit the
or call 843-546-0780.