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CHARLESTON ANIMAL SOCIETY

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

Mission: For 145 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 and both humans and animals are treated with compassion. Our Vision is one where all healthy and treatable animals are saved. It is a vision where all people and animals are treated with respect and kindness. And it envisions a world where cruelty is not tolerated.

Results: Charleston Animal Society, founded in 1874, is the first animal protection organization in South Carolina and one of the oldest in the nation. In 2017, the Animal Society treated or cared for approximately 18,000 animals representing over 30 species. In addition, the Animal Society fought for justice for over 100 victims of animal cruelty and delivered compassionate humane education lessons to over 20,000 schoolchildren. Recognized nationwide and internationally as a model of lifesaving success, Charleston Animal Society realized the following key achievements in 2018: • Sustained No Kill Charleston for 6th Year!!! • Earned Most Honored Charity in SC 6 years in a row! • Pets for Life Program Named Best in USA! • Achieved 6th year of exemplary audits! • Adopted over 5,000 animals into new homes! • Spayed or neutered over 11,000 animals! • Delivered over 20,000 lessons in compassion to children! • Reunited over 1,000 loved ones with their families! • Provided medical treatment to over 15,000 animals! • Administered nearly 30,000 vaccines! • Reaccredited as only combined shelter/clinic in the Southeast by the American Animal Hospital Association! • Rolled out the Simon Greer Mobile Spay-Neuter Vehicle – only unit of its kind in Lowcountry! • Staff now number 5 credentialed as Certified Animal Welfare Administrators – Most in Nation! • Grew social media presence on Facebook to over 250,000! • Expanded Pets for Life to Hollywood/Ravenel! • Completed critical renovations on Feline Freedom Sanctuary and enclosed 5-acres with protective fencing! • Presented at conferences, hosted webinars and provided apprenticeships for animal welfare staff around the world in conjunction with ASPCA, HSUS, Maddie’s Fund, Best Friends and University of Pacific focusing on Charleston Animal Society’s strategies and tactics that lead the Southeast in lifesaving! • Contributed to statewide legislation to move animal sheltering standards forward. • Topped 1 million page views on CAS website for first time ever!

Target demographics: prevent cruelty to animals and build humane communities

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: Primarily Charleston County, the State of South Carolina and nation/international (education recipients)

Programs: NO KILL CHARLESTON 1. Finding Homes for Homeless Animals through innovative adoption campaigns 2. Preventing Births of Unwanted Animals through high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter procedures 3. Reducing the Number of Free Roaming Cats through a trap-vaccinate-alter and return-to-habitat plan 4. Fostering the Most At-Risk Animals through a communitywide network of volunteer families 5. Reuniting Loved Ones with Their Families through in-depth lost and found identification activities 6. Containing Outbreaks of Deadly Diseases through rabies and infectious disease vaccinations 7. Saving the Lives of Injured and Ill Animals through individually customized treatment regimens 8. Fighting Cruelty Wherever It Exists through assisting law enforcement and advocating for stronger laws 9. Helping Families Keep Their Pets for Life through a nonjudgmental food bank and a network of support for fragile communities 10. Guiding Children to Grow Into Humanitarians through comprehensive humane education lessons NO KILL SOUTH CAROLINA (Phase Two) Humane Shelter Care • All animals residing in SC open-admission shelters (#45) and NKSC Partner organizations were offered the “Five Freedoms.” Euthanasia • 2. All healthy canines in SC were saved. Overpopulation • 3. Overpopulation was effectively addressed in each region of SC. Infrastructure • 4. An administrative structure was created to track progress toward NKSC. Resources • 5. Capacity to generate lifesaving grant investments in local communities was created. Other programs include: DISASTER RELIEF AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Community Stories

353 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Only one word do describe the work Charleston Animal Society does AMAZING !!!

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This organization is prejudice against Hispanics and people of color. Have heard comments and stories of mistreatment.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful to Charleston Animal Society for saving so many lives, especially my Phrynie Belle! I call her my Wild Child, but the fact is she is just a very happy young dog! Her spirit and determination has taught me patience and her cuddles and kisses remind me how wonderful unconditional love is. I am so happy that Charleston Animal Society is working on making the state a no kill state so everyone will have the opportunity to experience unconditional love if they are willing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family became complete after I adopted my Peaches from Charleston Animal Society! She is now 16 years old and her eyesight is failing and she moves a bit slower. If it was not for this amazing organization Peaches would not have had a second chance and my family would t be complete!

1 Angel W.1

Donor

Rating: 5

It is my pleasure to share my interaction and story about Charleston Animal Society. I love to support an organization that is literally "lifesaving" and "life changing" for so many people and animals. The love and care given to each animal is unmatched by any other organization I have ever witnessed. The love and support from the community really shows that it is a collaborative effort to continue to sustain the No Kill Charleston initiative. No Kill South Carolina is making such an amazing impact across the state. I am a proud supporter of Charleston Animal Society!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've fostered and adopted 3 wonderful pets from Charleston Animal Society. All of them were "foster failures" and I love them more than anything. I'm so thankful that Charleston Animal Society treated them for multiple issues before I adopted them, because I can't imagine a world without them (or a world without Charleston Animal Society!).

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've adopted one dog and one cat from Charleston Animal Society. They were both given second chances and a new life because of the efforts of Charleston Animal Society. My two year old hound mix, Strawberry , came into CAS with 6 other dogs and was terrified of people, one of the dogs that she arrived with had burns down his back. The staff of Charleston Animal Society treated her sibling's burns and worked to socialize her with people, after she would finally open up to people they placed her in a foster home to continue her socialization, lucky for me, that foster home was my home. Everyday CAS works to improve the lives of animals through their spay/neuter clinic, adoption center, free roaming cat initiative, and more. I now work at CAS, and donate my extra time and money to helping to make sure that Charleston will stay a No Kill Community! There is nothing better than watching a new adopter go home with a pet that is being given a second chance.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society has helped Thousands of animals . With their help and support my animals found their forever home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is a wonderful place to adopt from, both of my cats are from this wonderful facility. I fostered my tri-pod cat because her leg was amputated and she was very stressed in the shelter. Fortunately, she didn't leave my house :) I could not recommend a better facility to adopt from all pets come spayed or neutered, vaccinated, all pets are examined by a licensed veterinarian and the adoption process is wonderful and thorough. Everyone needs to stop by this wonderful and caring facility!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering in 2013, the year they became no kill. I worked in the newly formed kitten room and interacted with the staff throughout the shelter. I was then and continue to be overwhelmed with the love and commitment shown by the staff. Before coming to volunteer I had adopted a kitten from there and also given small donations that I could afford because I knew of them as a worthwhile non profit. I have seen the various programs grow and develop and I admire their determination to improve shelters throughout the state, sharing their knowledge and resources. I also foster kittens and adopted Chloe several years ago. She was brought in by animal control at less than four weeks and was severely ill with upper respiratory. They did not give up on her even though it was touch and go for about two weeks. The vets and staff even took her home at night a few times. Now she is fat and definitely sassy! She enjoys interacting with the various foster kittens.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a heartworm positive dog from Charleston Animal Society and the experience went beautifully! The staff and veterinarians were very responsive to her needs and the animal society covered all the costs associated with the treatment, which saved me hundreds of dollars. They are an AAHA accredited facility (even our regular veterinarian hasn't achieved this yet), so I knew she was in the best hands for her treatment. I would definitely adopt from them again!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've fostered and adopted 2 cats and 2 dogs from Charleston Animal Society. The support and attention given helped me with the decision to make room for one more animal in my home. Louie, our most recent addition, came in as a stray with heartworms, an embedded collar and needed his leg to be amputated. The medical treatment given to save his life is so appreciated as he makes our home complete! Having only 3 legs is not an issue for this spoiled dog! Thanks CAS!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society's forward thinking is a breath of fresh air. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to fulfill the mission and provide excellent care to the animals. The No Kill South Carolina initiative is instrumental in preventing needless euthanasia to healthy dogs in the state.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff is very knowledgeable and courteous. They truly care about the animals and the community they serve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have lived in the Charleston area for 30 years and the Charleston Animal Society, which used to be called the John Ancrum SPCA, has always been there for animals and has evolved as the city has grown and gained an international reputation.
Of particular note, it has been bold in its approach as a "no kill" shelter AND taken on a powerful interest group, the horse carriage businesses, in working to improve conditions for horses that are increasingly stressed by heavy traffic, congestion and extremely hot conditions.
I know them both as a professional, as a journalist at the local daily newspaper, and as a client, having adopted two animals from them in the past eight years.
The staff works hard to broadcast the plight of homeless and abused animals via TV, print media and social media. The Charleston Animal Society gained international attention for saving a dog, later named Caitlin, which had its muzzle taped shut, and for prosecuting the owner.
They are always ready to respond to emergencies, such as dogs caught in disasters or found on properties of animal abusers and hoarders.
The Charleston Animal Society is more than worthy as a "Great Nonprofit."

Dawna M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand what amazing work CAS does for the community and the animals in our community. They deserve every praise! Adopt don't shop! No kill is a big deal! Donate from the heart!

Donor

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is animal welfare at it's finest. From preventing animal cruelty, finding homes for homeless pets, to creating a more humane Charleston through Educating children - Their dedication and love for animals is the reason I donate to Charleston Animal Society.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My home would not be complete without my two Charleston Animal Society alums! They are the best at saving lives in the local community, and are now being noticed on a national scale - totally deserving!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is an amazing, happy place. There is always so much going on! I've adopted two of my dogs there, attended the Firefighter Calendar Debut Party, fielded a team in the Chili Cook-off and attended their Annual Meeting. There are so many ways to support this wonderful organization. It's special because the people connected with it obviously care so much for their mission and for the animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted two terrier mixes from Charleston Animal Society. The staff is knowledgeable and genuinely caring about matching the right animal with the right family. They are visible in the community and care for more than 19,000 animals every year. I am amazed.

1 Jodi O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Throughout my time in Charleston, I have supported Charleston Animal Society through volunteering, donating, and advocacy. In 2005-2007 I volunteered after high school walking dogs, caring for kittens and puppies, and assisting adopters. During that time, we had many adult dogs come through the shelter that were heartworm positive but unable to be adopted due to the cost of treatment. Each week I picked two-three dogs that were heartworm positive and paid for the treatment.

In the time that I volunteered I also fostered many puppies and kittens that were too young, ill or in need of TLC. When these animals were ready for adoption, I found adopters or I adopted them my self. I have continued to foster over 50 animals for Charleston Animal Society since 2005. Pictured are just a few of my previous fosters that I have adopted.

I have watched Charleston Animal Society become a leader, ambassador, and role model in the animal welfare field. I will continue to support Charleston Animal Society and their efforts of establishing No Kill, No Harm, No More.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have fostered and adopted all three of my animals from Charleston Animal Society and I am so thankful for them. Everyone there was so friendly and informative and they made sure that my home was a good fit for my babies. You can tell that everyone there and the organization as a whole shares a love for animals and wants what's best for them.

1 Christina E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have fostered, adopted,and volunteered with Charleston Animal Society and have always had such wonderful experiences with the staff. I have watched everything Charleston Animal Society has achieved over the last 8 years and I am amazed. They continue to be a leader for the animal welfare field in the state and the country. Charleston Animal Society has touched the lives of thousands of animals I am honored to be apart of this community!