Charleston Animal Society: South Carolina Animals in Crisis

Press Release

Just as the Holidays approach, there is an emergency in animal shelters across South Carolina. Every region in our state is facing unprecedented overcrowding, leaving some shelters considering the euthanasia of healthy animals to make space.

Never at this time of year have the lives of so many animals been threatened due to the lack of homes. Animal shelters across the state are asking people to open their hearts and their homes before it’s too late for hundreds of cats and dogs.

Charleston Animal Society, the state’s first and oldest animal organization, is launching an emergency adoption campaign across the entire state through the organization’s No Kill South Carolina program.

“We have never seen this level of severe overcrowding of homeless animals at this time of year,” said Joe Elmore, President and CEO of Charleston Animal Society. “It’s as if we are being threatened by a major hurricane; our brothers and sisters across the state are desperate and we need the help of all South Carolinians. This is not a fundraising issue; it is a lifesaving issue.”


If you or someone you know are looking to adopt a pet, there’s never been a more critical time to do so. People are asked to go to where No Kill South Carolina has compiled a list of shelters in crisis. All of the shelters listed are offering free or low-fee adoptions through January 1st.

The list at will continually be updated, so check back often and please spread the word through social media and your personal relationships with animal lovers.

SHELTERS IN CRISIS (List growing at


Charleston Animal Society



Chester County Animal Care & Enforcement



Laurens County Animal Shelter

Anderson County PAWS



Williamsburg County Environmental Control

Florence County Environmental Services

Saint Frances Animal Center

A Second Chance Animal Shelter (Manning)

Horry County Animal Care



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