Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Charleston Animal Society was recently named a top-rated charity organization by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity watchdog organization. Charity Navigator’s “4 Star” designation is reserved for charities that exceed “industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.” This makes Charleston Animal Society the only animal organization in South Carolina to attain this distinction.
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Founded 138 years ago in the heart of downtown Charleston, the mission of the Charleston Animal Society is to prevent cruelty to animals by finding homes for homeless animals, containing outbreaks of rabies and other deadly diseases, reuniting lost pets with their families, fighting hunger when food is unaffordable, teaching children to be kind to animals and each other and saving the lives of abused, abandoned and unwanted animals.
As Charleston’s largest animal rescue organization, Charleston Animal Society cares for 90 percent of the Charleston area’s unwanted, abused and abandoned animals, yet continues to drive down the Charleston community’s euthanasia rate. In 2012, it spent more than $500,000 treating animals that are ill or injured, many times in dire health, and saved more than 70 percent of all the animals that came to the shelter, making it the leader among large animal shelters in South Carolina and a national model.
Charleston Animal Society is also the state’s largest spay/neuter provider. In 2011, its spay/neuter programs sterilized more than 12,000 animals, which made a significant dent in the community’s animal overpopulation problem.
Additionally, Charleston Animal Society is South Carolina’s number one adoption provider, has the state’s most successful Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Return Program, a nationally recognized Veterinary Science Initiative with high school students, and the largest hands-on humane education program in schools reaching over 15,000 kids each year. By staying firmly focused on its mission, Charleston Animal Society saves more animals than all other animal organizations in Charleston County combined.