Growth in greater Bluffton has displaced the area’s wild animals, whose habitats have been upended by landscaping crews, traffic, construction and other human activities. When those animals are injured or need a new home, people call in Laura Sterling, owner of Laura’s Little Critter Barn.

More than 100 squirrels, raccoons, opossums, rabbits and other animals live at the 5-acre farm off of Malphrus Road. The nonprofit rescue, rehab and sanctuary also cares for farm animals and unwanted pets.

Congratulations to Bogie, winner of our annual Cutest Pet Contest.

Bogie is a 15-month old mini goldendoodle who loves playing with other dogs (of any size, but particularly other doodles), cruising around the island to take in all the sights, and swimming in the tidal pools at the beach.


Age: 4 years old
Gender: Male
Weight: 57 pounds
Breed: Pit Bull
Temperament: Sweet. Fun Loving. High energy. Loves the pool and his ball.


dogparentingIf there is some good that has come out of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s that more and more fur babies are finding their forever homes.

Which is great! Dogs are an endless source of amusement, particularly the less bright ones (the author can make that joke, as he owns a lab, a breed the AKC refers to as “hilariously dumb”).


Age: 2.5 years old 
Gender: Female 
Weight: 53 pounds 
Breed: Mixed 

Temperament: Loving and sassy Shuri has been at PAL for more than two years and is eager for a real home. She spent several weeks of the quarantine in a foster home and was a great guest. She is spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccines. 

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. 


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.