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Charleston Animal Society

Rating: 4.93 stars   294 reviews 4,095

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

2455 Remount Rd. North Charleston SC 29406 USA

Mission:

For 141 years, Charleston Animal Society has worked to prevent cruelty to animals. We will not rest until every animal in need of a home finds one.

Results:

In 2013, we launched No Kill Charleston 2015 – the boldest animal care initiative ever undertaken in the Southeast. The vision is to save every healthy and treatable animal and, most importantly, sustain it. Though some will dismiss this as unfeasible, the reality is that Charleston Animal Society has already made great strides towards this dream. Bold. Ambitious. Realistic. Five years ago, when we opened our new shelter and spay/neuter clinic, we told the community that the expanded facility would allow us to make our neighborhoods safer and healthier for both people and animals. This move, along with along with renewed investment from our community and beyond, was crucial to an expansion of our programs and services critical to saving lives – and helped us make good on our promise. Since moving into our current facility in 2008, we have served as a model for all animal rescue organizations and shelters in the Southeast and beyond. Though we care for 90% of the community’s unwanted animals - many of which are seriously injured or gravely ill – we have made remarkable strides in five years. By thinking out-of-the-box, using proven best practices from animal organizations across the nation and implementing research-based strategies, Charleston Animal Society has moved our community from an Annual Live Release Rate of 34% in 2007 to an 85% Annual Live Release Rate today, which is almost unheard of in the animal welfare world. Comparatively, other parts of the state realize low live release rates ranging from 10% to 40%. Most remarkably, we have been able to turn our Live Release Rates around even without full support of our local governments whose payment for services amount to a mere 25% of our operating costs. Though proud of our accomplishments, we are hardly satisfied, knowing that there is more to be done. This is what inspired Charleston Animal Society to introduce the concept of a No Kill community to Charleston County. First introduced in 1989 as a concept to build a no kill nation, the no kill philosophy targets the community at large rather than focusing inward on organizations. Communities are seeing that it is indeed a collective and collaborative effort having resulted in positive gains in health and safety for both animals and humans. Though groundbreaking in its scope, much of No Kill Charleston 2015 involves staying the course and sticking with what is working well. To move forward, however, we’ll lead the Charleston area toward strategies and tactics that are difficult, yet proven. Much of this will be challenging to implement, but well worth the tough and honest conversations we must have as a community to become the first one in the Southeast to achieve this. No Kill Charleston 2015 will be demanding on all of us, but what worthwhile venture is not? It is about our community, not about a single organization. It’s time for No Kill Charleston 2015!

Target demographics:

prevent cruelty to animals and build safer and healthier families for both people and pets.

Geographic areas served:

Charleston County and the Lowcountry of South Carolina

Programs:

1) Finding homes for homeless animals through adoptions and foster homes; (2) Fighting animal cruelty wherever it exists through assisting law enforcement and advocating for stronger laws; (3) Helping youth understand animal science through a nationally-recognized veterinary science initiative; (4) Containing outbreaks of deadly diseases through a communitywide rabies vaccination program; (5) Reuniting loved ones with their families through an in-depth lost and found service; (6) Saving the lives of abused and abandoned animal through individually customized treatment; (7) Preventing births of unwanted animals through a high volume and high quality, affordable spay/neuter strategy; (8) Guiding children to grow into humanitarians through a comprehensive humane education initiative; (9) Fighting hunger when food is unaffordable through a nonjudgmental pet-focused food bank; and, (10) Reducing the number of free roaming cats through a trap-vaccinate-alter & return-to-habitat plan.

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843-747-4849
http://www.CharlestonAnimalSociety.org

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Reviews for Charleston Animal Society

Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you for doing what you have done & continue to do to help the animals.

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Terrible of you to use and monger an injured dog to generate funds from the public, knowing all along thousands of the same exact breed, that are perfectly healthy are pts every single day in our shelters across the U.S.

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I have been following the rescue of Caitlyn ever since seeing her story begin on CNN one week ago. To see her as of today, after receiving tender loving care and expert surgical repair in the hands of the many wonderful people at both Charleston Animal Society and Veterinary Specialty Care of Mount Pleasant SC, well it's just amazing! You are all angels! Thank you for all that you do, every day. You will forever be in my thoughts. Caityln is a miracle and will bring her 'forever family' much joy and happiness!

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Perfect partnering with great outcomes. Keep up the great work!

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2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

MY HEART AND LOVE GOES OUT TO YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO EVERY DAY....I DO VOLUNTEER WORK IN RALEIGH, NC AND MY HEART CONSTANTLY BREAKS AT THE HEARTLESSNESS THAT I CONSTANTLY SEE.....I THINK THAT THERE SHOULD BE LAWS FOR PEOPLE WHO ABUSE ANIMALS...THEY SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO HAVE AN ANIMAL AGAIN....THEY HAVE ABUSED THAT RIGHT...AND THEY SHOULD BE JAILED....SOMEONE SHOULD BE TEACHING THESE PEOPLE THAT THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO LIVE.....THIS ABUSE IS PASSED ON FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT AND IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED......

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I love your story about Caitlin and all that the doctors and staff have done to save her life from the horrible abuse she suffered. THANK YOU!!!!

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I just want to say that what you guys do is special in every way possible helping animals not to suffer this cruel harsh pet owners and have a chance TO LIVE happy and thriving lives is amazing. Many thanks to special people like you who go that extra mile to help something in need!

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I'm sure that you're being overwhelmed with responses after the world learning about Caitlyn. It's sad that such an unfortunate incident had to occur to bring to light what a wonderful gem you have in the Charleston Animal Society. As our societies slowly change and begin to realize that having opposable thumbs doesn't give us the right to inflict damage on the earth and its inhabitants, places like the Animal Society shine through as leaders. They walk the walk and talk the talk and the animals are the better off for them. Kudos CAS!!

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Everyone at this animal hospital/shelter (and all no-kill shelters) are Angels sent from heaven to take care of our poor abused and homeless furry Angels here on earth. Are world is a better place because of them!!!

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God blesses your work each day. To see Caitlyn's progress after such a short time attests to the healing nature of your Entire staff. Thank you for giving hope to some of the worst abused dogs I've seen!

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There isn't enough words nor is there any word that could describe how meaningful everything you do is. I have always been an animal lover, grew up with the crazy animal house & currently have 4 dogs, a cat & a rabbit. I am always reading your posts & can't wish hard enough that there was a lot more places like this & people like you. To say I appreciate everything you do is a complete understatement. Thank you so much for everything you do!

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