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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: For 142 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: Charleston Animal Society, a nonprofit animal shelter founded in 1874, is located in beautiful, historic Charleston, South Carolina. In 2014, it sheltered 9,000 animals and provided care to an additional 9,000 in the community. In 2013, Charleston Animal Society launched “No Kill Charleston” an initiative to become the first no kill community in the Southeast. This goal was reached within the first year, and has been sustained a full two years since. The shelter went from saving just 34% of its animals back in 2007, to 95% today. Remaining no kill involves staying the course and sticking with what is working well. The vision is a community that is a No Kill / No Harm community – one in which cruelty of any kind is not tolerated. Furthermore, the vision includes the cultivation and collaboration of a no kill state, to further the success of all animal organizations in South Carolina and become a model for other communities. The shelter is open admission and holds the county’s animal care contract. In 2014 alone the shelter adopted 5,400 animals, 1,105 were reunited with their owners, and the in-house clinic spayed or neutered 12,000 animals. The community education outreach program delivered services to almost 450 classrooms, while additional efforts engaged 1,000 children onsite at the shelter. With over 90 employees, Charleston Animal Society’s annual operating budget is just under $5 million, of which a mere 3% goes towards administrative costs. The staff and board of Charleston Animal Society knows that they’re unable to do it alone, and in Charleston, the business of saving is lives is truly a community effort in which everyone who lives here plays a valuable part.

Target demographics: prevent cruelty to animals and create a community of no kill / no harm.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 9,000 sheltered animals while also providing care to an additional 9,000 community animals. 12,000 spay/neuter surgeries were performed. Humane and compassion education efforts served 450 local classrooms and over 1,000 children onsite at the shelter.

Geographic areas served: Charleston County and the Lowcountry of South Carolina

Programs: fighting animal cruelty wherever it exists , preventing births of unwanted animals through spay/neuter, finding homes for homeless animals, saving lives of abused and abandoned animals, fostering animals until they are healthy, reuniting loved ones through an in-depth lost and found program, reducing the number of free roaming cats, containing outbreaks of deadly diseases through communitywide rabies and infectious disease vaccinations, making children and families part of the solution through humane education, and helping families keep their pets for life through a network of support for underserved families

Community Stories

306 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Wendy119

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

2 Elena L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is an AMAZING organization! We have adopted 2 animals from the shelter and we could not be more grateful for our furry friends! The staff is so helpful and we had a great experience all around! :) We highly recommend that if you are looking for a pet the first place you stop is Charleston Animal Society!!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a lifelong animal lover and avid supporter of the Charleston Animal Society for several years and have had many family members adopt wonderful pets from this organization. I am proud to be friends with the Director of Administration as she is an exceptional example of the kind of person that you would want to work there and who should work there. She has rescued and provided many pets with a beautiful life in a loving home and has made a life's commitment to provide for the abandoned or abused. She truly "walks the walk and talks the talk." I am thankful for her and the entire staff of this no kill shelter.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

CAS does phenomenal work for those who can't speak for themselves!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

If I ever win the lottery, I will pay for every animal to have a forever home!!! Well, that won't happen but I can wish that every animal at the Charleston Animal Society will find their forever home. It is such a great place!

As a donor and a volunteer for the Charleston Animal Society, I want everyone to know what a super staff runs the Charleston Animal Society. I write for the internal newsletter and a lot of what I write is staff interviews ... so I get to ask personal questions and write about the individuals. Almost to a person, every staffer is happy in their job, happy with where they work, and happy to be working with animals. It is kind of incredible that so many staffers plan to be at the Charleston Animal Society in 5 years!!!

It's a great place to work (obviously!) and a wonderful progressive animal shelter. Charleston Animal Society is a No Kill shelter and has now become a No Harm shelter. They do great things!! Nuff said!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well, I'm probably the only volunteer who can't go in the building!! You see, the combination of dander, chemicals, and pet food makes it impossible for me to breathe in the building. So I do fundraising. A very important and very needed function. I love to talk to people and "NO" doesn't bother me.

Some of the things the Charleston Animal Society does includes: The Charleston Animal Society (CAS) doesn't turn away ANY hurt or abused or abandoned animal from our doors and medical treatment is funded through our Toby Fund. You can imagine the magnitude of medical treatment needed by thousands of animals. CAS offers low-cost (or free) spay/neuter clinics to the public. CAS runs a 'no judgment' pet food bank so people can keep their pets rather than abandoning them. (Cost of food is the number one reason pets are abandoned.) This food bank is community involvement at its finest because, you see, the public donates all food for the food bank! Neighbors truly helping neighbors. We also have a large network of foster homes where animals stay while recuperating from treatment or until they are adopted. In our network of foster homes, we actually have 'hospice' foster homes where sick or otherwise unadoptable senior animals can live out the remaining years of their lives in a warm loving home.

Our goal was to be a No-Kill Community by 2015. We met that goal in late 2013 and have been 'No Kill" for 16 months. But it was expensive. Many 'no-fee' adoption events were held. It takes over $250 to get an animal ready for the adoption floor ... adoption fees only reduce that amount, not pay for it. We've been offering adult cats at no-fee for over a year. As part of our No-Kill Community effort, we routinely trap feral cats, spay/neuter, and release the cats back where they lived. Yes, expensive. But very necessary.

Perhaps I'm prejudiced ... but I am certainly proud to be associated with the Charleston Animal Society. I consider the Charleston Animal Society to be one of the most progressive shelters in the Southeast ... but perhaps I'm prejudiced.



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2 dkrosse

Advisor

Rating: 5

There are many things about Charleston Animal Society that I think are very admirable. But the one I will focus on here is their transparency. On their website, (www.charlestonanimalsociety.org/important-documents) you will find their tax returns, audits, annual reports and other information that is designed to keep donors and supporters completely informed as to the operation of the organization. All nonprofits should be this open!

2 Charles70

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a long family tie to the Charleston Animal Society and have seen the current generation of leadership take the society to a place that my grandmother would hardly believe. Integrity in policy is essential, and the Charleston Animal Society stands tall for our community to do what is right. The society is innovative and knows how to work with a variety of different constituencies so that the whole community understands the mission and the progress. Joe Elmore and his team deserve credit for raising the bar and exceeding expectations consistently.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The Charleston community is so thankful for the hard-work and dedication of the CAS staff. CAS has implemented key developments that has lead to the first no kill community in the South (a goal many of us believed to be impossible.) Aside from the ever-present triumphs in the common-wealth, CAS has dedicated numerous resources into academia to better enforce the success of said triumphs; whether through obedience courses at the North Charleston facility, summer camps/birthdays for children, or classroom visits in the local schools. CAS has provided our community with the tools to ensure that animal well fare continue to be a priority in our wonderful city. I personally have three dogs for CAS and each has changed my life for the better, I will always be indebted to CAS.
All of my thanks and praise,
Randolph Cooper

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to find my most recent canine companion through CAS. Their amazing staff and unmatched dedication saw that I was coupled with the perfect pup. My dog "Louis" arrived at CAS malnourished with matted hair, the trained staff brought my new bud back to perfect health and gave him a great haircut. I can't thank CAS enough for the latest addition to my family. I strongly encourage members of the Charleston community to support this local jewel or perhaps pearl is more appropriate.
Incredibly thankful,
Randolph W. Cooper

2 Connie82

Client Served

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is a wonderful organization. Finding homes for so many animals and prosecuting those who abuse animals. I will always be greatful to CAS as I adopted my own sweet little terrier mix from them. Huck is a great dog who we love dearly.
5 stars is too little for them. I wish I could give 10.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society helped me enjoy a much better life by pairing me with several great animals that I adopted. I applaud the organization's leadership in the protection of animals and its willingness to help other organizations succeed. Most of all, its integrity, as evidenced by its numerous awards and honors, makes our entire community proud!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you to this wonderful organization and the great job they do controlling the population of free roaming cats! I am so proud of all the strategies that they employ to make sure that we remain a No Kill community.