ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Orangeburg County Animal Control is taking a new approach to placing animals in homes, and making space for new arrivals at the same time.

The Times and Democrat newspaper reports that instead of seeking only permanent, long-term care for animals, potential foster home volunteers are asked to take a dog or cat until it can be placed in a permanent home.

That allows more animals to be accepted at the shelter.

Animal Control Director Les Porter said the ultimate goal is to move as many pets into loving homes as possible and cut down on the number that have to be put down.

Officials say the Orangeburg shelter took in 137 animals in January.  Of those, 107 were saved, while the rest were too ill or injured to be placed in the program.