BEAUFORT, SC (WSAV) – With life slowly returning to normal, Animal Shelters in the Lowcountry are hoping people will continue to make adoptions.

The staff of the Hilton Head Humanitarian Association said they are committed to finding forever families for homeless animals.

“There are so many times someone comes and thinks about adopting and it’s a beautiful thing when they see this animal and this animal sees them and it’s just a perfect fit,” said Brittany Bennington, manager of kennel for the Okatie Campus refuge. “You can just say, instantly, that their life has changed.”

Dedicated to being a refuge for animals, last year the organization rescued more than 3,000 abandoned, injured and abused animals.

“In Beaufort County, you see wild cats, there are a lot of them. We have our feral cat program and I think it’s had a huge impact over the past couple of years, ”Bennington said.

Now, with two campuses in Beaufort County, an adoption fee of $ 100 could put one of their lifelong friends in your family.

“Between the two campuses, here in Okatie and Hilton Head Island, we have approximately 42 dogs available and 44 cats, including kittens, available,” Bennington added.

All adoptable animals have microchips, up-to-date vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered; the pursuit of the association’s mission to reduce accidental litters. Staff say nothing beats the moment one of their pets is placed with a loving family.

“Our main goal is to find homes for all the animals we have, and we know that some of them will be more difficult than others because they are not kittens or puppies. We had a cat, a 10 year old cat, who had been here for a year, a month, a day, and the day she was adopted was the best, ”said Iris Abbott, their adoption facilitator.

Abbott said she hopes more people realize how much an animal can change your life.

“For me, the biggest sound in the world is the purring of a kitten. It calms me down, it makes me happy.

With many organizations facing staff shortages, the Hilton Head Humane Association has said it is hungry for volunteers. Click on HERE to find out how you can volunteer, and follow this CONNECT to see all of their adoptable pets.

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