Monday, August 25, 2014
People came out in droves this week after hearing Charleston Animal Society's urgent plea for adopters to help ease the shelter's overcrowding issue. “What a difference 5 days and a lot of love from the community can make,” said Charleston Animal Society Chief Executive Officer Joe Elmore. “Last week, we had animals in cages lining the hallways,” he said, “now, thanks to 286 adoptions, we can breathe a little easier, at least for a little while.”
The Animal Society facility at 2455 Remount Road is built to house 230 animals, but in the past two weeks, 251 dogs and 464 cats in need of homes had been brought to the Lowcountry's largest animal rescue organization.
To help with the overcrowding, Charleston Animal Society offered free adoptions on all animals. Saturday, 96 animals were adopted, a single-day adoption record for August.
Even with these adoptions, Charleston Animal Society is caring for 170 animals in its shelter, and has more than 300 others out in its Lowcountry-wide foster family network, waiting for their turn to be adopted.
“We are so proud of our community's commitment to keeping Charleston the Southeast's first No Kill Community,” Elmore said, “This week's outpouring of support is just one of many examples we see every day.
About Charleston Animal Society
At 140 years old, Charleston Animal Society is the oldest animal organization in South Carolina and one of the oldest in the Nation. It is also South Carolina's leader in adoptions, spay/neuter procedures, free roaming cat services and research projects and has a nationally recognized Veterinary Science Initiative. For the second year in a row, Charleston Animal Society is South Carolina's most honored charity.