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Charleston Animal Society

Rating: 4.93 stars   295 reviews 1,091

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:

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

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

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Reviews for Charleston Animal Society

Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has made great strides for animal welfare and becoming a non-kill shelter. Thank you!

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

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

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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1 person found this review helpful

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!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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