Tuesday, October 15, 2013
When Charleston Animal Society unveiled its No Kill Charleston 2015 initiative in April of this year society officials knew that it would come with both increased expectations and unprecedented challenges. With their dedication to No Kill came a commitment to save every healthy and treatable animal that enters through the doors. Charleston County is overwhelmed with more than 10,000 unwanted and homeless animals each year. Take into account that the society open its doors for 90 percent of all local unwanted and homeless animals, most of whom are injured or ill - a monumental task.
As a result of the group’s efforts on behalf the community and its animals, Charleston Animal Society is facing a challenge that is unprecedented in its history. Since late spring, the sheltering system has operated far beyond its capacity even with the traditional “summer rush” behind us.
Right now, the shelter has more than 700 animals in the system who are in need of homes. “And when I speak of animals in need, I do not refer to “hand-picked” animals who are imported from areas outside of the county based purely on their desirability,” says Joe Elmore, chief executive officer of the Charleston Animal Society. “These are local animals – Charleston’s animals – who are just waiting for a second chance with a local family.
“When adopting, please ask if the animal is local or imported. Until we can take care of our own community’s animals, no matter how they look on the outside, let’s not import other animals who may be more desirable simply for profit.
“Right now, we need our community to help alleviate our critically overcrowded sheltering system. From Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 20, Charleston Animal Society will be holding the Lowcountry’s premier adoption drive - Barktoberfest, a fee-waived event that is part of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal’s Mega-Match-a-thon campaign. Last year, more than 6,000 pets were adopted out nationwide during Mega Match-a-thon, and our goal is to find homes for 300 of our community’s animals during this time,” Elmore explains.
At the unveiling of No Kill Charleston 2015, Charleston Animal Society made it clear that its initiative was a community-wide effort that calls for each and every one of us to do our part. Barktoberfest is the perfect opportunity for the Charleston area to come to the aid of the community’s neediest animals.
“Please come out and open up your heart and home for one of these endearing local animals,” Elmore continues. “They need you – and your community needs you – more than ever.”