Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Charleston Animal Society Unveils No Kill Charleston 2015 at its Annual Meeting
Charleston, S.C. – At its139th Annual Meeting on April 2nd, Charleston Animal Society will launch No Kill Charleston 2015, the boldest animal care initiative ever undertaken in the Southeast. The vision of No Kill Charleston 2015 is to save every healthy and treatable animal in Charleston County and, most importantly, sustain it.
Since moving into its current facility on Remount Road in North Charleston five years ago, Charleston Animal Society has already made great strides towards this goal. In 2007, its Annual Live Release Rate stood at 34%. During the last twelve months the shelter’s Live Release Rate exceeded 75%, serving as a model for bringing the population of unwanted animals under control for all animal rescue organizations and shelters in the Southeast and beyond. Comparatively, most other areas of the state realize live release rates of 10% - 30%.
Much of No Kill Charleston 2015 involves staying the course and sticking with what is working well. Moving forward, Charleston Animal Society will lead the area through a 10-point plan, incorporating strategies and tactics that are difficult, yet proven and will facilitate the tough and honest conversations the Charleston community must have to make this vision a reality.
Strategies and Tactics (10-point Plan)
1.Finding homes for homeless animals…through adoptions and foster homes.
2.Fighting animal cruelty wherever it exists…through assisting law enforcement and advocating for stronger laws.
3.Helping youth understand science…through a nationally-recognized veterinary science initiative.
4.Containing outbreaks of deadly diseases…through a communitywide rabies vaccination strategy.
5.Reuniting loved ones with their families…through an in-depth lost and found program.
6.Saving the lives of abused and abandoned animals…through individually customized treatment.
7.Preventing births of unwanted animals…through a high volume, high quality, affordable spay/neuter strategy.
8.Guiding children to grow into humanitarians…through a comprehensive humane education initiative.
9.Fighting Hunger When Food Is Unaffordable…through a nonjudgmental pet-focused food bank.
10.Reducing the number of free roaming cats…through a trap-vaccinate-alter & return to habitat plan.
No Kill Charleston 2015 will require participation of each and every member of our community. “We’ll ask all citizens for a gift of their time, money and home. An army of volunteers will be needed for foster homes, adoption ambassadors, socialization and off-site education and adoption events. Money will be needed to pay for medications, specialized surgeries and treatment. Homes will be needed for adoptions and fostering,” said Joe Elmore, Charleston Animal Society Chief Executive Officer. “This will be a tremendous challenge for community, but it can be done. We believe in Charleston.”
About Charleston Animal Society
At 139 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. Charleston Animal Society was recently selected “Best Local Cause” in the Charleston City Paper’s readers’ poll and was named Nonprofit of the Year for 2012 at the annual “Giving Back Awards” gala sponsored by Charleston Magazine and the Coastal Community Foundation. Additionally, it earned Guidestar’s “Seal of Transparency” in recognition of its fiscal responsibility and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.