In today’s episode of the Stephen Cooley Real Estate Show, Stephen chats with Mary Beth Knapp of Humane Society of York County about helping animals in York, SC.
Last month, we did a fundraiser for the entire month and for every adult that came into one of our 50 open houses, there’s a check for $5. You can help too – did you know it’s kitten season? This means that the shelter is in a constant need of clay litters. Or you can donate some money to be spent on medical purposes and all sorts of different things that will ensure a better life for these cuties.
If you’re interested in adopting a pet, you can visit the Humane Society of York County at 8177 Regent Parkway in Fort Mill or at www.humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org. Without a pet, it’s not a home, it’s still a house.
STEPHEN: Hello, I’m Stephen Cooley and welcome to the Stephen Cooley Real Estate Show. On today’s show, I’ve got Mary Beth with Humane Society of York County. Welcome back to the show Mary.
MARY: Thank you.
STEPHEN: And who do we have here?
MARY: Oh, we’ve got two of the cutest and they have siblings at our facility. This is Prince Eric.
STEPHEN: He’s a boy.
MARY: That’s a little boy and this is Polly, a little girl, and they’re the Aladdin team, so we have more – we have Jasmine, we have others at the facility and some look like German shepherd, some look like labs, some look like a little pimp, some look like all sorts of things.
STEPHEN: Maybe I’d thank you for all that you do for the animals here in the York County and tell us a little bit about the Humane Society of York County.
MARY: Oh I sure will. Humane Society is near and dear to my heart. It is a 5013 C. And we are an independent non-profit, so we have to make our own funding and we do that by various means, generous donations from people, from companies, thank you, so very much, from donors and some grants, but also fundraisers and we’re gonna have fun with this weekend and can’t wait I so I’m going fast and get some sleep and what else we do is we help the community to get animals like this saved.
We also try to help community even with their own pets as much as we can by helping them figure out how to spawn to their pets, help how to pay for a cat. We have a cat clinic next door, we have a dog clinic that we’re having funded by a grant and then we also support an another rescue to do the same thing monthly, so that as many can be fixed as possible.
STEPHEN: And I just like to point out that I get a lot of emails and mail outs from the National Humane Society. And I just want to point out that that money does not come to you.
MARY: That is correct.
STEPHEN: And that we need to give our money here locally and not give it to the national group. You can give it to the national group, but it’s not coming back to the pets here. I heard this number one time, it’s very upsetting and hopefully has dropped some but I heard that York County has to put around 700 animals to sleep a month.
MARY: I think that has lowered a little bit because that’s from animal control in the York, Lancaster and all the different areas, but they are trying. We are working together and trying to move animals out as much as possible.
STEPHEN: Absolutely, so your donations are my goal, and your goal will be to drop that number to zero.
STEPHEN: And find every dog a home.
MARY: And we wish they came in absolutely perfect, but they never do. They come in needing medical assistance and all sorts of different things which that cost money, that’s cannot do things for free. They do it for a discount, but they have a business as well to run so.
STEPHEN: Do you mind telling the folks where the location is of the shelter and also the website to give donations and maybe some supplies also that you guys need.
MARY: Would love to. We are located at 8177 Regent Parkway in Fort Mill, and that’s over the river tracks through building on the left, okay? And then, because you’ll get lost on Regent park, and then we are at humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org. We have just instituted a new website and all that to be cell phone compliant. So with that comes little challenges, so be patient with us because we’re working through some bugs.
And then our needs constantly it’s kitten season. So we are in constant need of clay litter. And it’s non-clumping and we change we go through 55 bags in each room daily. So it’s a lot of litter and a lot of costs. So anything that can help would be wonderful.
STEPHEN: Well, thank you and I’d like to present you with this check and as most of the viewers know, last month we did a fundraiser for the entire month and for every adult that came into one of our open houses and my team really wrapped it up, and we did almost 50 open houses. There’s a check for $5 for every adult that came to one of our open houses. We really appreciate all that you do for the animals. You know most of the time on the show we’re looking for helping people find homes and today on the show we’re trying to help dogs find a home.
MARY: Absolutely because a new home, nothing is complete without a dog or cat.
STEPHEN: Nothing’s complete. It’s not a home, it’s still a house.
MARY: That’s right.
STEPHEN: So if you’re interested in adopting a pet, again that website is
STEPHEN: If you’re looking to adopt a pet you can definitely go by the shelter and meet some of your potential new family members.
MARY: That’s right. 7 days a week!
STEPHEN: 7 days a week. Thank you again. We’ve got beautiful homes for sale on today’s show – stay tuned, we’ll be right back.
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