Greenville Humane Society expands paw print with new medical center

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The Greenville Humane Society has opened a new medical center to care for more animals that need a home.

The 10,000-square-foot facility, which is attached to the shelter’s adoption center at 305 Airport Road, features a lobby, surgery suite, three exam rooms, and kennels that can hold more than 80 adoptable cats and dogs.

“Based on our double-digit growth in all areas where we serve and the willingness of the community to be placed on waiting lists to receive our services, there is clearly pent-up demand in Greenville,” said Kim Pitman, executive director of the Greenville Humane Society. “This facility expansion ensures that the public can continue to receive high-quality services at very affordable prices.”

Pitman said the shelter’s adoption and medical facilities have been operating over capacity in recent years, requiring the expansion. In 2016, for instance, more than 6,000 cats and dogs were adopted and 14,000 spay and neuter surgeries were performed at the shelter, which pulls animals from 33 shelters with high euthanasia rates in five states.

The shelter’s new medical center doubles the space for the spay and neuter clinic, vaccine clinic, and public and adoptable pet holding areas, according to Pitman.

In 2015, the Greenville Humane Society launched a campaign, called “Expanding Our Paw Print: Strengthening the bond between pets and our community,” to raise money for the new medical center. It raised $3 million through donors and grants.

“The medical center was a community effort. We’ve literally had kids sell lemonade and donate their money,” Pitman said. “People who donated money to our campaign understand it’s important that the public have a choice of where they get affordable care for their pets. We’re really grateful for that.”

She added that no taxpayer dollars were used to construct the facility.

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