Tri-county area organizations will host a Lowcountry Foster Fair at four locations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 26 to connect animal lovers with pets in need of care | Photo provided by Charleston Animal Society

Springtime marks kitten season, a period when the Charleston Animal Society (CAS) normally receives an influx of young kittens in need of medical care and new homes. But, this year, the no-kill shelter is experiencing a flood of incoming animals — more than it’s equipped to handle.

According to CAS’ Facebook page, the shelter has room to house and care for 250 dogs and cats. Currently, they have 800 animals in need, which is why the organization has put out an emergency foster call, asking anyone in the area to help if they can. 

The problem was recently exacerbated when the shelter received 62 new animals in one day. A family that was living in a hotel room in North Charleston surrendered 34 cats to CAS because of lack of resources. Though CAS says the animals were well cared for despite the small space, the family felt that they were no longer equipped to provide the level of care that the animals require. The same day, 28 kittens were brought to the shelter after being discovered outside in Charleston County. 

In a video posted to Facebook on Thursday, president and CEO of CAS Joe Elmore said, “We are in a crisis at Charleston Animal Society,” and asked for any help possible.

CAS Vice President of Operations and Strategy Alwin Roman announced that the shelter currently has 28 kittens and 10 dogs in need of fostering. Foster families are provided with all supplies including food, beds, toys and kennels. 

If you’re interested in signing up to be a foster family, you can visit CAS’ website at If you want to help in other ways, you can also donate to the shelter’s medical fund, Toby’s Fund.