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CHARLESTON ANIMAL SOCIETY

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

Mission: For 147 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 2020, 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 2019: • Sustained No Kill Charleston for 7th 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 the 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 at the Bear Greer Memorial Cat 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 the 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 the 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

387 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Jenny Lee F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Charleston Animal Society is a wonderful organization going above and beyond for all the animals that come their way. Years ago I fielded a team in the chili-cook off, a yearly event that is so much fun and a very important fundraiser for them. We adopted our sweet Kuby in November of 2019 from Pounce Cat Cafe. This is a wonderful place that partners with Charleston Animal Society where you can sit and play with all the kitties while sipping an adult beverage! We knew Kuby was the right cat for us when she let me pet her belly with no complaint. She is the sweetest cat I've ever known and has brought us so much joy. Charleston Animal Society's tireless efforts to care for and find good homes for so many animals is admirable and much appreciated. Thank you!

1 Kate B.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are longtime supporters of the Charleston Animal Society via programs, donations, kids birthday parties and camps. This year we adopted a dog after our beloved older dog passed away. We kept our eye on their website of adoptable pets and kept coming back to one; I went to meet her and that was it, I knew she needed to come home with us! Roxy is about 5 years old, a boxer mix with one ear up and one ear down and heartworm positive. We were not deterred by the heartworm but did not know the extent of the treatment and how much CAS goes above and beyond for these animals. CAS fully covers the cost ($1000+) and care of multiple visits, shots, and prevention when you adopt a HW+ dog from them. They educate you extensively and give you resources at home to support the dog during treatment. We have been so impressed with the entire program! Roxy turned out to be the exact right pet for our family; she's sweet, gentle, loves cuddles and walks and we couldn't be happier with our choice to adopt her!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has grown tremendously over the 20 years I've been interacting with them. This is thru the incredible work of the board, employees, vets, volunteers and community. We were new comers to Charleston in 2000 when we adopted a pair of sister kittens. Shortly afterwards we adopted a pup and 3 1/2 years ago I adopted my latest little joy from them. I have participated in many fundraisers, community events and assisted with projects to assist the site to make it more functional for fur babes looking for homes and the prospective new hooman families.. I've watched them in amazement launch rescue operations to states for hurricane relocation, large scale assistance when animals need rescuing and also to assist with transporting animals. This is such a blessing to our community, and the families and animals passing thru the doors. Education for school groups, spay and neuter clinics and animal training. They assist with building safe fencing so animals don't need to stay leashed, assistance with providing families in need with food for the pets (we all need help sometimes). So many animals which have been victims of abuse, neglect or accidents are truly blessed to make it into their team of dedicated veterinarians. There are so many stories of animals saved by these real heroes. Books have been written! Fundraising is year round to provide animals with all the necessary medications and treatments they need to heal, thrive and move on to new homes. The foster network is amazing and incredible. This organization is never lazy... they are always thinking outside the box with outreach, technology, education, fundraising, transportation (did you hear about the wonderful volunteer who flew a lovely dog back to his home state with family members after surgery and recovery when it was injured and the owner killed in a bicycle accident while passing thru Charleston? My wonderful little chorkie (chihuahua yorkie mix) was nurtured and fostered by Kay Hyman, the Director of Community Engagement at CAS and her daughter Zoe till I was able to adopt. I am so thankful they thought of me to adopt this little baby. She has traveled with my in my work to be my companion when I came back to the hotel, for weeks at a time. She has flown with me for work as well. With Covid, she is home with me, ruling as a Queen at her little 3.5lbs and running her big brother, a 115lb German Shepherd like a boss. I named this little one Zoe, after Kay's daughter for the love and care they gave my baby while she was with them. Zoe has had visits with Kay a couple of times and totally remembered her. We are due another reunion as it has been a couple of years now and I KNOW she will remember Kay... so much love we in Charleston have for CAS.

2 Nate R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Charleston Animal Society is maybe the best organization I have come across during my 35 years in Charleston. I have come to greatly respect the people who work there as a labor of LOVE for each and every one of them that I have had the pleasure to meet, during my time as a foster parent. The love they show for each animal and the caring they put forth to any and all who might come by to just look or hopefully adopt an animal from them is amazing. The vets & the vet techs that take care of these animals, no matter the condition coming in is unprecedented, and what ever they are getting paid for their time and great service.... is not enough. Anything I have ever needed from them to help care for any of the fosters I have had over the years, is quickly gotten and always with a smile & thank you from any and all who work there.
The fact that they are a no kill shelter is just the tip of the iceberg to the caring and dedication everyone shows from the administrators to the volunteers. I am honored to do a very small part to help them accomplish the mission and goals they have now and in the future. They work on donations from the public, so anyone who can donate anything, I know is always greatly appreciated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is an incredible asset to the community and the state at large! The team has an infinite amount of love and knowledge that they share with their animals and the community. I have fostered with the organization for almost a year and they have created a support network unlike any other. Any time I have had a question or concern, the CAS team is quick to respond and even allow foster parents to come to the shelter for support. When I finally decided to adopt my own pet, it was the perfect fit to adopt through CAS. They made it a quick, simple, and informative process that sent me on my way with my first foster fail! My kitten was extremely well socialized and has a hilarious personality unlike any other. His favorite thing is to play hide and seek (see attached video and pictures)! I would recommend CAS to any and all who are interested in fostering, adopting, or learning more about animals. Thanks CAS!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that does much more than shelter animals. They believe that lifting up the community will result in better treatment of our animals. The staff works tirelessly for the animals and the humans that love them here in SC.

1 Alain R.

Donor

Rating: 5

There are too many good things to say about Charleston animal Society and their dedication to so many programs is incredible. My favorite is the outreach program : I have seen lights and stars in the eyes of people when they received help for their pets. Thank you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Most people know the Charleston animal Society for the fantastic work they do in saving the lives of countless dogs and cats and then sharing the joy of owning a pet with so many individuals. Another important role they fulfill in in our community is educating the public. They do this in a number of creative ways. Their kids camps in the summer are sensational and their ongoing education campaigns make a lasting impression on all who view them. The Charleston animal society is a model not-for-profit and is always willing to share their expertise with other not-for-profit’s to help lift them up.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is by far the leading voice in the community advocating for the well being of animals. The organization is passionate about their No Kill initiative and has treated and saved the lives of many deserving animals. I humbly support Charleston Animal Society and the mission that they proclaim!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't thank you enough for keeping my dog while I deployed. It meant the world to me to come home from serving and to have her safe and sound. Bless you, all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Charleston Animal Society saves lives even during a worldwide pandemic. While adapting to keep the community and their staff safe, the Community Outreach Team continued to go out into rural communities to offer their free vaccinations and spay/neuter clinics. They also continued to build fences for families so their dogs would not have to be chained. The Education Team switched to virtual programming, providing in depth access to the how the shelter works. The programs were so popular with kids that adults demanded these programs as well. When natural disasters strike in our state or in the country, staff drive to those shelters to evacuate their animals. CAS has worked to enable all animal rescue organizations in my area and the state to become a No Kill Community. Overall, the Charleston Animal Society continually works to find innovative ways to make sure animals in our community, in our state and beyond are protected.
I am a long time donor, volunteer and client of the Charleston Animal Society. I am so proud of the work they do and so grateful for the resources they provide for our community. Lastly, the animals I have adopted from CAS have saved my life in many, many ways.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Charleston Animal Society is a vital resource for not only for the people of Charleston County, but for South Carolina and the Southeast. Locally the staff works tirelessly to take in unwanted/stray pets, provide life saving medical care, behavioral care and more so they can be be placed on the adoption floor. They have established a positive reputation in the community and have a vast fostering and volunteer network and often partner with local businesses to host offsite adoption events. For feral cats, they provide a free tnr program which helps reduce unwanted litters. For our more rural parts of the county, they come out with their mobile clinics and provide wellness checks, free vaccines and spay/neuter for pets in order to help reduce unwanted cats and dogs in the community, as well as, assist those who love their animals but do not have the financial means to provide these services. I have reached out to them for various assistance: needing pet resources in Spanish for my non-English speaking neighbor, offered my elderly neighbor free neutering/vaccines/wellness check for a cat that found her doorstep and she wanted to keep and so much more.
I started volunteering two years ago for them weekly. They have partnerships with Petsmart and Petco's where the stores host adoptable cats and kittens. I love going to socialize the cats/kittens and clean up a little. You can tell they do staff training and provide continuing education, because every person I interact with has cutting edge knowledge , is very friendly yet professional and all advocate effectively for animals.
At the state level they advocate becoming a no-kill shelter and push for legislation to protect animals. In the Southeast, they work to transport shelter pets out of harms way when natural disasters strike.
Recently we wanted to adopt a dog and we were concerned about the reputations of pittbulls and we already have 3 cats. They worked with us to adopt the perfect dog for our family and now I am a huge advocate for adopting pittbull/pittbull mixes (many of the shelter dogs are pittbulls/pittbull mixes). I just can't say enough about the Charleston Animal Society and the value they have added to my life, my pets, the community and all pets.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The remarkable accomplishments of Charleston Animal Society is unreal! The expertise of the President and CEO is amazing and he and his staff have worked tirelessly and put in countless hours to save animals and become a "NO KILL CHARLESTON". Their love shows for each and every animal that comes in to CAS.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is a great nonprofit organization! The caring and compassion they show for animals goes above and beyond expectations! They strive everyday to give animals the best possible care and match them with their forever homes! The state of South Carolina is blessed to have such a wonderful organization caring and fighting for our animals!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is AWESOME!!! The people there are always professional, friendly, and caring!! They not only care for the needs of the animals in the surrounding areas, but they also are the first to rescue animals from areas where natural disaster is threatened and areas of animal abuse. I have participated in many of their events and will continue to support them in every way possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet kitten Tobias here as a small feral kitten. Staff had a hard time handling him and he was pretty off the wall, but we took on the challenge. 1 month after having him home he was sweetest cat you'd ever meet. Thanks to Charleston Animal Society, he got the chance to learn what love is. While we lost him over two years ago now, I'll always be grateful to Charleston animal society for bringing him to me.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Total commitment to animal welfare. Amazingly focused staff always ready to help the community care for their animals, provide safe haven for abandoned, sick, abused, surrendered animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring helpful staff in north charleston even filling up blessing boxes in neighborhoods with food. They dropped off dog food to my neighbor. I know she needs the help. thanks

2

Donor

Rating: 5

When I used to do side work for one of the doctors I used to work for, ALL the money I made from that side work I donated to CAS. It would have helped me out a lot but I thought of Caitlyn and others in similar situations and all the kittens that come pouring in each spring and I felt that CAS needed the money much more than I did.

CAS always goes above and beyond even when they don't have the space to take in more or the funds to care for them. CAS has volunteers who, out of the goodness of their hearts, step up in emergency situations and give homes and care whenever needed. For CAS, it's about the animal over anything else and that's why they stand out above the rest. Donations are what allows CAS to do what they do to help all the animals that come through. Every little bit helps. Even if it's only one dollar.

Charleston Animal Society has brought so much love into my world. I am an animal lover from the bottom of my heart and do whatever I can to help either by donating (money, food and supplies) or by the occasional adoption.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough at how GREAT and CARING Charleston Animal Society is. They go above and beyond to help ALL animals, not just dogs and cats and to find them a loving forever home. I myself have adopted more animals from there than most people have and wouldn't change 1 minute of my time with my babies. I met Kay when I adopted Lupe who was the sweetest tiny chihuahua. Needless to say, he was spoiled rotten until he crossed the bridge. I recently (3 weeks ago) went back and adopted another chihuahua as we missed having one running all over the place. I pray that one day, all animals that pass through CAS find a forever home. YOU ARE THE BEST! I also donate to CAS in different ways.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Charleston Animal Society is a phenomenal organization! For the past several years, I have had the pleasure of being a foster parent for CAS. The foster program is top notch and runs like a well-oiled machine. The staff is always very helpful and professional. They are the hardest working team of people that I have ever come across. Most recently I fostered two small puppies from a puppy mill in upstate South Carolina (see attached video). When the puppy mill was busted, it was all hands on deck for the CAS and they worked above and beyond to find foster homes quickly for over 50 puppies. The foster team at CAS provides support and knowledge and the foster families always feel supported. Not only does the staff at CAS do an outstanding job with adoptions and fosters, they are dedicated to making our community a better place. There are always fun events, parties, oyster roasts and many other functions that bring our community together. I cannot imagine this town without the Charleston Animal Society. I literally cannot think of a better nonprofit that I have ever come across!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience at CAS! Staff is amazing and they were very knowledgeable. This is the cleanliest and most organized animal facility I have ever visited! Not to mention I got an awesome fur baby!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I fostered and adopted a mom dog and her puppy and it was such a wonderful experience from start to finish. Every time I needed to bring the dogs in for a checkup it was so apparent the staff truly deeply cared about the animals they help save everyday. I wasn't just another person and the dogs I was fostering weren't just a couple more animals. The staff was connected and invested in the care of my fosters and they were interested in not just their health but their life outside the shelter. When I donate I know it goes to support the amazing care my new family members received while at the Animal Society. And if not for the great work they do I know my new pups would not be alive today to give unconditional love to me and my family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for Charleston Animal Society. There are a lot of cats that live in my neighborhood and with all the construction going on lately a lot of them have been more out in the open. Some neighbors complained about the cats now that they could see them and were concerned about them breeding and multiplying. Thanks to Charleston Animal Society's Trap-Vaccinate-Alter-Return program I was able to get all these cats spayed/neutered for free so they could live out the rest of their life in the neighborhood without worrying people about kittens everywhere.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you, Charleston Animal Society for treating hundreds of strays who have heartworm so we can adopt them. Saving lives is what you do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted my kitten from CAS, who had saved him as a feral kitten. They save lives and give animals second chances every day. Not only have they helped make an incredible impact in the Charleston area, but they have also inspired and been a leader in the animal welfare community in the South. Charleston Animal Society saves lives, both humans and animals. They changed my life, and I would highly recommend getting involved with CAS in some way!

2 traceyerwin

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can’t express how grateful we are to the team at Charleston Animal Society who risked their own safety going into the flood waters from Hurricane Florence, saving countless furry lives including our two new dogs we now call family. Although they saved hundreds of animals that week, we selfishly think the most important was our momma dog and her 7 puppies who surely would have perished without the intervention of the Charleston Animal Society. Thank you will never be adequate, and we will support this non profit forever!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted 3 of my wonderful pets from Charleston Animal Society. I'm also a donor. The staff are so wonderful and helpful. Charleston Animal Society has so many life changing program's, that help the community with their pets.

1 Aldwin R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society has been such a breath of fresh air for the Charleston Community. The organization really takes to heart the saying of "it takes a village." The organization gets the community active in helping it reach it's goals. And they never seem to settle for success, they continuously grow their programs to serve more animals in more places across our community and the state. Charleston Animal Society is leading the charge and not excluding anyone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that has blessed our family with our dog. Staff was super friendly and we are beyond blessed to have him in our lives

1 Marcia R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAS has to be the finest non-profit anywhere! The team, from the top-notch staffers and vets, to the loyal and dedicated volunteers, provide the best animal care to ALL animals. They travel to areas overwhelmed by flooding, or mass turn-ins due to animal abuse or neglect, etc., and treat and eventually re-home these animals. They continue their fine work to educate to prevent animal abuse. In my 20 years of living here and watching the changes, it is so clear that their hard work has had a far-reaching impact. We are a no-kill society and no-abuse too. Their dedication comes from the heart. Plain and simple – Charleston Animal Society is the BEST. Thank you for all you do for the animals.

2 David397

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Charleston Animal Society. They are the flagship of no-kill compassion for animals in the Charleston area.

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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."

1 Abigail K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society does so much for the pets and people of Charleston County and South Carolina. I adopted my cat Broccoli there and now he is the king of my household.

1 cwh1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society does so much to connect with the community. I wouldn't have found my pup without their connections.

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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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1 Christine B.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful shelter for animals! They continue to do amazing things for the community.

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!!

2 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!

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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.

2 Jennifer H.4

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.

2 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.

2

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.

2 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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I'm Kathy Tokarsky. I volunteer at Charleston Animal Society in the Kitten Room. About a year ago I fell in love with this tiny orange kitten. I could tell he was going to have long hair and our veterinarian confirmed he is part Maine Coon. I was overjoyed because I've always wanted a Maine Coon kitty. This tiny kitten stole my heart. He didn't have a name yet so I asked if I could name him and they said yes! So I named him McKenzie (after the main character in the movie "The Shack". Everyday I would spend extra time with McKenzie socializing with him. He was so laid back, loved belly rubs and chin rubs - he just purred and purred. At the time we had two older Golden Retrievers and they'd never seen a cat, so I was hesitant to adopt McKenzie. I brought my husband to the Shelter and introduced him to McKenzie (my husband isn't a cat person) and to my surprise he said YES to adopting him. We've had McKenzie for one year now and he brings so much joy to us. I would recommend that you visit Charleston Animal Society if you're considering a kitten, cat or dog. They are a wonderful group of people and you can tell they love what they're doing. Don't shop! Adopt!!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is a fantastic, forward thinking organization that is innovating to save lives and lead others to do the same

1 Tanya F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society (CAS) is an outstanding, non-profit, located in Charleston, SC focused on animal welfare. They fulfill their mission, daily, turning no animal away adhering to a strict no-kill policy. I became involved with CAS by attending their 2015 Chili-Cook Off. This is their largest fundraiser, attracting over 6,000 people, while creating unimaginable awareness. I was asked to be on the committee in 2016 and happily accepted. CAS has a supportive volunteers base, dedicated staff and influential leadership. Elena Lawson, Director of Corporate Relations, has a work ethic beyond reproach and I enjoy her dedication to the CAS mission. Jaime Weber, Chili Cook-Off Chair, is also a volunteer however, you would never know it. She is extremely dedicated to the success of the shelter and proves her commitment level through the development of this fundraiser. Planning and executing alongside these two ladies is a privilege and I am looking forward to 2018 being the most successful year yet!

2 Jon E.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAS had constantly been a valuable resource and asset the area law enforcement. Their staff and partners always stand ready to help and assist in any way they can.

Aside from the multiple programs they have for bettering the communty through education they also work with local agencies to educate youth and reach out to communities who may not otherwise have a voice. In my opinion CAS had risen above the "animal shelter" moniker and risen to behind an agent for change within the community it serves.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great place with wonderful caring compassionate staff and volunteers !

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's all about "walking the walk, not talking the talk." Charleston Animal Society makes things happen and actually solves problems. It's not intimidated by corrupt politicians and people who exploit animals! Thank you Charleston Animal Society!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our kittie Elsa was rescued from the side of a Charleston freeway by a caring member of the Charleston Animal Society staff. Today she enjoys her long naps on the sofa and the love of a family that adores her. I feel our story is a great example of just how much the people of Charleston Animal Society care.

1 Vince S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a Six Sigma process engineer, which is a nerdy way of saying I evaluate processes from beginning to end and try to figure out how to optimize every step in the process in order to minimize the number of failures at the end. Every animal that is euthanized at a shelter is a failure of the overall process. Better than any animal welfare organization I have ever seen, Charleston Animal Society is working successfully to fix the broken steps in the process "upstream" - before euthanasia - in order to eliminate the need for euthanasia at the end of the line. Like many organizations, they are doing this through spay and neuter initiatives. But unlike any other I have seen, they have also developed and implemented a highly-successful educational outreach program that goes out into the community and schools to teach children how to treat and interact with animals humanely. In this way they are having an impact a few steps earlier in the process than even the spay and neuter programs are. The results speak for themselves, as Charleston Animal Society is one of the first shelters of its size, if my understanding is correct, to become a no-kill shelter. As a Six Sigma guy - and animal lover - that makes me very happy!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place to adopt your new family member. I adopted my beloved Russ from Charleston Animal Society two years ago. He has brought so much joy to my family. The staff was very helpful throughout the adoption process and even offered training for my new pup at a reduced rate!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is an outstanding organization. Staff and Volunteers collaborate to delivery a compassionate care for the animals and community. Staff team is composed by empathetic members and professionals that are always looking to improve performance and to better serve animals and humans, and with a visionary leadership guided Charleston County to be the first and only community in the South to be no-kill for 5 years and counting!
Charleston Animal Society core competencies include: Animal Welfare, Humane Education, Animal Cruelty Prevention, Partnerships, Community Outreach and Advocacy.
Pets For Life, Foster and Humane Education Programs are nationally recognized.
No Kill South Carolina is a bold initiative that seeks to build a no-kill state and improve quality of care in all welfare organizations in South Carolina.
Charleston Animal Society's "No kill No harm No more" is a model to be followed nationwide!

1 Lisa Carda P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The loving care that the animals received at Charleston Animal Society is truly wonderful. They take in and treat thousands of animals every year and adopt out so many more. From the foster program to kid's humane education and camps, the opportunities to be a part of this No Kill shelter are endless. I'm so happy to have adopted my little guy there.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a vokunteer advocate for nonprofit animal charities for over 20 years in various capacities - as a volunteer, board member, and selected freelance work. With that said, I believe Charleston Animal Society exemplifies what a mission-driven nonprofit should look like, in fulfilling its promise, raising public awareness of animals in need, directly impacting its entire community, and setting an example for best practices in animal welfare. It is too easy to become a charity, but the board, staff and volunteers at Charleston have shown how its hard work matters - in the metrics and tve smiles of the animals like Caitlin.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Charleston Animal Society for eight years working with newly received dogs, so I have been able to observe how the shelter is run like a well-oiled machine. I have gotten to know many of the employees and see much of what they do, from receiving strays and owner surrenders - including any from the other shelters when they are at full capacity - to housing, feeding, neutering, and providing any needed medical treatment to received animals. I have met participants of their extensive foster program, as well, who help house and free up space for "overflow" animals from the shelter to assist in the saving of the thousands of animals that come to the facility each year. I am a "foster failure" myself who ending up adopting a dog I took in to free up space in the shelter when they rescued dozens of animals that were victims of massive flooding in Tennessee in 2011.
I am so impressed by their medical facility and staff, as well as the other employees who I see weekly. I do not see how any animal shelter can be better run than Charleston Animal Society. It's been great to watch their work with Charleston County and surrounding communities to help them turn the area into not just a single no-kill shelter but an entire no-kill community. I consider it a privilege to volunteer for them.

Ward Reynolds

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charleston Animal Society is the most impressive organization. From the Board of Directors, CEO Joe Elmore and all of the staff they are the most compassionate and hardworking people I have encountered. The scope of the services they provide is astounding from Foster Care, Community Outreach, Spay/Neuter clinics, a food bank and educational programs to mention a fraction of what they do. The mammoth task they have accomplished in becoming a No Kill Shelter has saved so many animal lives. But not stopping there, CAS is involved in helping more shelters in our state become No kill. I cherish their work for being a voice for our helpless creatures. Finally, Charleston Animal Society has tremendous financial momentum and is treasured by our community.