South Carolina Animal Shelters Declare State of Emergency

The Charleston Animal Society announced it has more than triple the number of animals they have the room to house at its shelter in North Charleston, caring for over 700 animals despite only having the space for about 230.

While summer months are typically crowded for the shelter, this year has been particularly harsh. Hundreds of dogs, cats and exotic pets are waiting for their “forever homes,” officials said. And more are coming in every day.

“These lifesaving organizations are critically overcapacity and there’s no sign of it letting up, especially as the pandemic is surging again and folks are not getting out as much as they did earlier this summer,” No Kill South Carolina 2024 chief project officer Abigail Appleton said in a news release.

To help with the emergency, everyone is encouraged to visit their local shelters now to adopt or foster animals at-risk. The Charleston Animal Society is temporarily waiving the fee for adoption so all cats and dogs one year old or older are free to adopt.

Other ways people can help:

  • Anyone can foster animals or sponsor adoption fees
  • Businesses can become adoption ambassadors for animals
  • Veterinarians can help with the backlog of spaying/neutering animals
  • Rescue groups can take in additional at-risk animals