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Our Featured North Charleston, SC Partner:

Charleston Animal Society

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Charleston,North Charleston,James Island,Johns Island,Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island,West Ashley,Charleston County and surrounding counties all of the lowcountry

About Our Shelter:

The South Carolina Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in Charleston and received a state charter in 1880. Its immediate concerns were to combat the rampant cruelty to animals. This included the neglect of work-animals, the inhumane shipping of cattle, and the epidemic of stray dogs.

In 1940, the Society adopted the name of its early Board President, John Ancrum, honoring a contribution made from his estate.

During the mid-1900's, the organization worked to outlaw cruel animal "sports". One such example was gander pulling which involved a horseback rider tearing the head from a live goose while racing full speed. The society also campaigned successfully to improve the abominable conditions of the city-operated dog pound.

A Safe Haven

The society continued to work toward a more humane environment to house abandoned animals and permanent homes. In 1948, private funds were raised to open the first animal shelter on Meeting Street. As the pet population grew, other sites followed. Volunteers managed the operation of these facilities and local veterinarians donated their services.

The Charleston Animal Society assumed residency at its Leeds Avenue in 1981. This first-class facility reflects a long and cooperative partnership between the agency and Charleston County Council. Upon completion of the shelter, the county terminated its own animal pound and contracted with the SPCA to provide care for all of the animals collected by animal control officers. With the communities help we have built our State of the Art current location. 31,000 sq ft of lifesaving space , two full capacity spay neuter clinics and amazing facilities for the animals.

The Charleston Animal Society continues to fight animal cruelty, find safe homes for abandoned animals and reduce pet over-population.
Your Support is Needed to Continue this Tradition of Care and Commitment to Excellence. Help us alleviate suffering and adopt a shelter pet today.

Come Meet our Pets:

"Paws in the Park and "Walk for the Animals"
October 9th,2010
Historic Park Circle

Schedule of Events :
10:30-3pm Registration for Games and Contests
10:30-3pm Games and Contests
12:00 Walk For the Animals Begins Awards and Prizes Presented for money raised
12:30 "Best Tail Wagger" Competition
1:00 "Sloppiest Kisser" Competition
1:30 "Best Dressed Pet" Competition
2:00 " Goofy Pet Tricks" Competition
2:30 "Pet & Guardian Look-A-Like" Competition

Games and activities Include Quickest Tennis Ball Retrieval Competition,
Musical Sit, Paw Art, Make your own collar from recycled shirts,

Over 400 dogs and 1,000 people all at

Charleston Animal Society's “Paws In The Park”

Charleston’s Premiere Party for Dogs…
Call 329-1545 for sponsorship and vendor opportunities.

Mark your calendars for Celebrity Chili Cook-Off December 5,2010
Maritime Center Downtown Charleston

Amateur Chili Competition

Our Adoption Process:

All adoptions include: Spay/Neuter, current vaccinations, microchip,Heart Worm and Feline Leukemia tests and a free health exam by your veterinarian. Dogs are $105 and up adoption fee, cats $95 Ferrets, rabbit and exotic fees upon request.
Interested in any of our dogs? Stop by the shelter today at 2455 Remount Road North Charleston! Be sure to bring the Intake Number beside their picture (that's the doggie equivalent of a Social Security Number). Or call us at 843-747-4849. Applications for adoption include references and a site check to be sure your landlord allows the freind you are considering adopting.

We have lots of dogs,puppies and cats and kittens available. Check back often. Better yet, drop by to meet our new arrivals at 2455 Remount Road! Here are some of our current guests who are waiting for new homes.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.