Becca Boronat took over the reins as director of the Humane Society of York County in May, after previously serving as a volunteer at the shelter while working at another one, Pawmetto Lifeline in Columbia.
“(My goal) is to develop a team work with the community through our foster and volunteer programs,” said Boronat, “and by doing so, to be able to re-home and rescue as many pets as we can.”
Originally from Brazil, she has also worked as a veterinarian both in her home country and in the United Kingdom. She is currently working on securing her veterinarian’s license in the U.S.
“I also (would like) to develop programs to help the community with feral cats, getting their pets fixed, vaccinations and food,” Boronat said.
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June is national “Adopt a Shelter Cat” month and the HSYC has been posting information regarding their available cats on Facebook every day. They are also holding a one-day event on June 27 that will feature reduced adoption fees for kittens, adult cats and senior cats.
“If (you) love cats and are looking for one, adoption is the right thing to do (versus buying one), Boronat said.
“When there are so many out there without a home, it’s not fair and it’s a (method) of population control. Even more, when you adopt one, it will open up space so we can bring a new one in.”
The HSYC also needs foster homes for cats.
“Fostering saves lives,” said Boronat. “It is important because it allows us to bring in more cats and it also helps the cats to live in a home environment and not to be stressed out.”
Currently, there are about 120 cats looking for their forever home.
“Even though our cats get a lot of love and attention from staff and volunteers, it is not the same as living in a loving home,” she said.
Those interested in fostering felines or canines must be at least 21 years old, complete a foster training and of course, must love pets.
In addition to foster and adoptive parents, the HSYC also needs monetary donations for their medical fund that is used to maintain special needs cats and dogs.
“We are a non-kill shelter and we try our best to heal every single fur-baby waiting for a fur-ever home,” Boronat said.
Boronat, who recently moved to Rock Hill with her husband Ernesto, said animal welfare is her life’s mission.
“I learned (from) my mom to love and care for animals; we’ve been doing it our whole lives,” she said. “It is amazing to be able to work with what I love and believe and even more, to have the support of a great Board, staff and volunteers.”
Want to help?
The Humane Society of York County in Fort Mill is always looking for dog and cat food donations and old newspapers. A wish list of the shelter’s most-needed supplies can be found at amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist.