Okatie, SC – This spring, seven years of planning will soon be a reality for the new Beaufort County Animal Campus. On March 30th, local stakeholders will join together for the official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Animal Campus in Okatie. The 10 acre complex is the largest public/private undertaking in the history of Beaufort County.
The 20,000 square foot facility will include Beaufort County Animal Services and Hilton Head Humane Association’s Spay/Neuter Clinic and their second Adoption Center. This combines all these services under one roof, instead of three separate locations throughout the county. The Animal Campus is centrally located in Beaufort County five minutes from the intersection of Highway’s 278 and 170, and is complete with a dog bone shaped pond.
Chuck Laine, Chairman of the Humane Association Board of Directors, states, “As we continue our partnership with Beaufort County, and in particular Beaufort County Animal Services, we cannot emphasize enough the thousands of animals that are alive today because of this relationship.” This public-private partnership has been a collaborative effort that has successfully reduced overpopulation and euthanasia of homeless animals in our community.
Tallulah Trice, Director, Beaufort County Animal Services states, “The two largest agencies in our county understand that we are “Better Together” and we also understand that critical to reducing intake and euthanasia is to emphasize aggressive spay & neuter programs. This is why the spay/neuter clinic was central in the design of the new building. We will now be transporting animals down a hallway versus a highway”
The HHHA is a no-kill shelter and is committed to eliminating euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals. All shelter animals are spayed or neutered before adoption and no-cost spay/neuters are performed at the shelter for eligible residents. To lower the number of animals relinquished, counseling and aid are available to help people keep their animals.
The HHHA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization funded entirely by private donations