Our Mission

  • Provide excellent care and humane treatment for all animals.
  • Maintain a clean and healthy environment for both animals and people.
  • Offer excellent customer service and humane education.


Policies
We accept all animals within Marion County. There are no fees for dropping off animals however, donations are accepted.
 

Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if a stray comes up to my house?
If a stray shows up, you can take it to the Animal Shelter, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, OR you can contact animal control at 843-431-5413 to come and pick it up.

How do I report animal abuse?
Contact the Marion County Animal Control Division at 843-431-5413. They will send an officer to investigate the situation.

Can I borrow a trap?
Marion County does not have traps available for public use.

What is the leash law in Marion County?
There isn't an actual leash law in the county. There is a public nuisance ordinance that states that the animal must be on the owner's property or on or under the owner's control at all times. Pets cannot run at large.
 

Common Terms
Dangerous Animal
Any animal whose behavior constitutes a reasonable risk of injuring a human or animal or damaging personal or real property. The behavior includes, but is not limited to, an animal biting or attempting to attack a human or another animal. However, this definition shall not apply to any animal that has been subjected to provocation or if the victim has been trespassing, as defined herein, upon the animal owner's premises.

Exotic Animals
Any animal that is not common to the area. Example: lions, monkeys, ostriches, emus, etc.

Wild Animals
Any animal which can normally be found in the wild state, particularly those feral, exotic, dangerous or non-domestic animals which generally do not live in or about the habitation of humans, including but not limited to deer, lions, racoons, skunks, squirrels, snakes, alligators, bears.


State Ordinances
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/coderegs/statmast.htm


Interesting Facts
You should not feed wild animals such as raccoons, alligators, bears or foxes. Feeding these animals will cause them to cohabitate with humans, very often creating a nuisance and possibly a threat to humans. We do however, encourage feeding birds and squirrels and do not see these as a threat to the public.
If a fox, bobcat, raccoon or opossum is on your property and shows no fear of human beings you should exercise extreme caution and call the Environmental Services Department. These animals are known to be carriers of rabies and extreme caution should be taken with them.
 

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