Monthly reached out to local animal shelters to see how they and their dogs and cats are faring during the coronavirus pandemic. This month’s answers come from Lindsay Perry, marketing coordinator at Palmetto Animal League; Jennifer Smith, president of Noah’s Arks Rescue; and Sandra H. Enscoe, administration coordinator at Hilton Head Humane Association.  

Question. Is it possible to adopt a pet now?


PAL: Yes. With people spending more time at home, it’s a great time to adopt. Bringing a new pet home can ease restlessness and create a sense of schedule. PAL is offering “Open-Air Adoptions” including video meet-and-greets, curbside service and adoption applications via phone.
Noah’s Arks: We are doing adoptions by appointment only.
Hilton Head Humane: We encourage everyone to continue to adopt. We are scheduling adoption appointments both on Hilton Head Island and in Okatie.

TrixieName: Trixie
Age: 2 years 
Gender: Female 
Weight: 35-40 pounds 
Breed: Hound/Shepard mix 
Temperament: Gets along great with other dogs and people, house trained, crate trained. 

mcduffMCDUFF

Age:
4 years 
Gender: Male 
Weight: 64 pounds 
Breed: Boxer mix 
Temperament: Calm and cuddly. 

McDuff was hit by a car and left on the side of the road. He’s a sweet, lovable tripod dog who needs a forever home.

The Lowcountry's most adorable animals are here. More than 2,400 people voted and local judges chose a winner.

TAKE FIDO OUT TO BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER

THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS ARE PET FRIENDLY. SOME EVEN OFFER MENUS FOR FOUR-LEGGED DINERS.

LOCAL VETERINARIAN DR. TRACY DUFFNER SPECIALIZES IN TREATING EXOTIC ANIMALS. HERE, SHE SHARES SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT THEM

Advice from Dr. Tracy Duffner

“Husbandry is the most important part of owning an exotic pet — 90% of what I have to do with exotic pets has to do with improper environment or care conditions.”

“If you are thinking about getting an exotic pet, make sure to reach out to an exotic pet vet first to learn about the care needs and commitment the animal will require.”

cutestpets2PAMPERING PETS IS STUART AND BRECKEN CAMPAGNA’S PASSION

A flat-screen TV, classical music, freshly fluffed pillows topped with a mint: The amenities would have even the most discerning hotel guests drooling.

Of course, drooling is second nature to the four-legged visitors at Southpaw Pet Resort on Hilton Head Island’s north end — especially when there are treats involved.

Animal LeagueAIR TRAVEL OPENS NEW DOOR FOR SHELTER DOGS HELPED BY PALMETTO ANIMAL LEAGUE

Palmetto Animal League has spent years working on strategies to get homeless animals adopted: An extensive foster care network, a spay/neuter program, an easy-to-access adoption center.

But it’s the nonprofit group’s latest strategy that’s really taking off. PAL’s transport program turns to “freedom flights” to send at-risk shelter animals in Beaufort, Jasper and nearby counties to no-kill shelters in the north that are less crowded.

Rogue RescueRogue Rescue and Sanctuary in Bluffton has an urgent need for foster families for its dogs after the nonprofit’s owner had a stroke last month.

“I suffered a stroke, and the doctor is not wanting me to do any type of work, especially in the heat,” said Dianne Chesser All. She needs to recover for at least the next 90 days.

The rescue, which has a second location in Allendale, cares for about 35 dogs, including 20 adoptable dogs that need to go into foster homes, All said.

NEW ANIMAL CAMPUS IS STATE-OF-THE-ART

Augustin may have been adopted by now, but if not, the friendly, 60-pound golden retriever mix is in good hands at the new Beaufort County Animal Campus in Okatie. He’s got a spacious kennel with a doggy door separating private inside and outside areas, a large play yard where he can run with his friends, staff who walk him on a leash on a path around a small lake and volunteers who pet him. When potential adopters come to see Augustin, they’ll take him outside to an acquaintance yard or, if it’s raining, they’ll get to know him in a comfortable meet-and-greet room.