Clear the Shelters: Where to adopt in Coastal Empire, Lowcountry

Clear the Shelters
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Each year NBC stations team up with hundreds of shelters across the country for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive.

Over the last four years in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, the campaign has resulted in nearly 1,500 pet adoptions.

WSAV News 3 has once again partnered with local shelters to find animals their “fur-ever” homes. Take a look at the list of participating shelters below and consider adopting from one today.

Coastal Pet Rescue
Savannah, Ga.

Coastal Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in Savannah and surrounding areas. Coastal Pet Rescue changes the lives of homeless pets in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham Counties through its foster home program and small capacity shelter, Camp Pawsawhile Retreat.

They are a young organization, but one making a difference in our community. Coastal Pet Rescue was founded on Feb.5, 2003. The organization’s volunteers have worked together to save on average about 650 animals each year. Coastal Pet Rescue is made up of animal lovers trying to change lives, one at a time.

Ready to adopt? See animals up for adoption here.

Other ways to help: Shop Amazon Wish List or volunteer.

Effingham Animals Shelter
Effingham County, Ga.

Effingham Animals Shelter, a municipal shelter in Effingham County, works to promote responsible animal ownership, prevent the spread of animal disease, protect the public from dangerous animals, and protect animals from dangerous humans.

For more information on the shelter, as well as a list of needed donation items, visit their website or Facebook page.

Jasper Animal Rescue Mission
Ridgeland, S.C.

Jasper Animal Rescue Mission (JARM) is dedicated to serving the people of Jasper County by providing shelter and humane care to dogs and cats that are lost, abandoned, neglected or abused.

They work to place adoptable dogs and cats in good homes with caring people, promote and provide spaying and neutering to reduce the population of stray and neglected dogs and cats, and provide educational material and learning opportunities concerning the proper care and treatment of pets.

For more information on JARM, visit their site here or call 843-726-7799. They’re also on Facebook. Follow there for adoption updates and more.

There are several ways to help out JARM. Visit here for details or check out their wish list.

Hilton Head Humane Association
Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Okatie, S.C.

Over the past year, 3,000 abandoned, injured, abused animals and feral cats have been cared for by the Hilton Head Humane Association. The organization spays/neuters and releases feral cats and provides food, shelter, medical, and loving care for the domesticated cats and dogs until adoptive homes are found.

The Hilton Head Humane Association, dedicated to providing a safe haven for abandoned cats and dogs of the Lowcountry, is funded entirely by membership dues, private donations, and generous bequests.

Due to COVID-19, all adoptions will be by appointment. Call the Hilton Head campus at 843-681-8686 or the Okatie campus at 843-645-8400.

For more information on adoptable pets, donation items needed and more, visit Hilton Head Humane’s website here.

Humane Society for Greater Savannah
Savannah, Ga.

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah (once known as The Humane Society of Chatham-Savannah, Inc.) has served the Hostess City for 55 years.

The shelter’s mission is to better the lives of pets and people.

View adoptable dogs, cats and other pets here. There are other ways to help the Humane Society, too! Learn more about ways to donate or shop at their thrift store here.

The shelter is located at 7215 Sallie Mood Drive. Call 912-354-9515 or visit here to learn more.

Renegade Paws Rescue
Savannah, Ga.

Renegade Paws Rescue is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care for unwanted, abused or injured dogs in the Coastal Empire and surrounding areas.

Check out adoptable pets here. Note: Adoption fees waived for senior pets (over 7 years old)

Not ready to adopt, but still want to help? Check out Renegade Paws’ Amazon Wish List here.

Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc.
Hinesville, Ga.

Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing “a second chance at life for the herd and people we serve.” The organization is the first-ever equine rescue to participate in WSAV’s Clear the Shelters campaign.

Second Chances Equine Rescue Inc. opened in 2013 and has helped over 210 equines with assisting and educating owners, re-homing, rescue, rehabilitation and adoption or sanctuary.

Interested in adopting? Visit here for more information.

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