Diane Voge knows that some people don’t like going to the Beaufort County Animal Shelter.
The shelter volunteer says the Burton facility is a long drive for some county residents.
“And second, they don’t want to go into an environment where animals are put down,” she added.
An anonymous donation from a Bluffton woman and a rent discount from developer 303 Associates will change that, shelter director Tallulah Trice said.
Tabby House will open Dec. 15 in Suite 13 of Beaufort Town Center as a cat-adoption center, where people can also play with the animals. A thrift store is planned for the space next door, and its proceeds will help pay for the volunteer-run adoption center.
Voge is coordinating the effort to renovate the space, which was painted this week. Local artist Kay Owens is painting a mural on the walls.
The shelter has tried to combat a cat overpopulation problem this year. Last year’s warm winter meant a longer breeding season, and the center has struggled to find homes for the cats.