The Grand Strand Humane Society exists to improve the quality of life for companion animals by providing shelter and care to the lost, homeless and unwanted animals of the community. We focus on finding adoptive homes for the animals in our shelter, providing low-cost veterinary care to the public, and through community involvement and education we are able to further the bond between people and animals.
Grand Strand Humane Society takes in animals brought in by the City of Myrtle Beach Animal Control and from citizens within the Myrtle Beach city limits. We made the decision to stop euthanizing healthy, adoptable animals for space it was the right decision and we felt the only option for the Grand Strand Humane Society. The decision did increase our financial struggle, but we will continue finding every healthy, adoptable animal a forever family as long as it is financially feasible.
We are further committed to providing excellent customer service to those people visiting our facility in the hopes that all our animals can find caring and loving homes.
We also work at educating our community about responsible pet ownership and finally, to investigate and attempt to prevent cruelty to all animals. We strive to provide all communities within our area with cost-effective adoption rates as well as spay/neutering and preventative healthcare services.
Want to help, but don't know how? We have several ways to make a donation on our website. Please check out the Wish Lists as well as the Donate button to send us a monetary donation.
Adopting a pet is a very rewarding experience and our adoption counselors will be there to help you each step of the way. To ensure the safety of our animals and to make sure you get the best possible service, we have outlined the adoption procedure below.
You may view our available animals on www.petfinder.com, however you must come into the shelter to adopt. Once you pick out an animal you are interested in you may take him/her for a walk or bond with them in our adoption room. We recommend spending some time with an animal outside of his/her cage or kennel in order to get a feel for their true personality.
After you have decided on an animal, please return to the front desk to fill out an adoption application. You must come into the shelter to adopt. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. This application allows us to gain more information about you and to make sure you have chosen an animal that is best suited to your lifestyle and living arrangement. At this time, if you rent and do not own, you be required to fill out a landlord agreement before we can proceed further with the adoption process. Depending on the type of animal you are adopting, we may require additional information or a house visit. For example, if you are adopting a large dog like a pit bull we require you to have a fenced in yard and we may visit the home in order to ensure it is a safe environment. Adoptions are at the shelter’s discretion and filling out an application does not guarantee you will be approved for an adoption.
Next, you will fill out the adoption contract. This is the binding contract for the adoption of the animal you choose. You will also pay the adoption fee and get your adoption packet of information. If the animal is already spayed or neutered and current on all of their shots, they may be able to leave with you immediately. If the animal needs to be spayed or neutered, one of the staff members will work with your schedule and put your animal on the next available surgery day. You will be able to pick up your animal after 5:00pm the day it has surgery.
In order to adopt, you must be 18 years of age, have a proper form of picture identification, be prepared to pay the adoption fee and if you rent you must fill out a Landlord Agreement and present us with a copy of your lease agreement. GSHS reserves the right to deny any application.
Thank you for your understanding and we are thrilled you are opening your home and family to one of our animals!
day hours Monday 12 pm-5 pm Tuesday 12 pm-5 pm Wednesday 12 pm-5 pm Thursday 12 pm-7 pm Friday 12 pm-7 pm Saturday 12 pm-5 pm Sunday 12 pm-5 pm