No Kill. No Harm. No More.
On February 20, 2016, a crowd of 400 animal lovers celebrated Charleston Animal Society’s most successful year ever at its 142nd Annual Meeting and launched a movement – No Kill. No Harm. No More. I have written about the accomplishments of 2015 in previous columns. You may also find a summary of 2015 highlights and financials in the 2015 Annual Report on our website.
Perhaps, most importantly, the successful culmination of the 3-year project, No Kill Charleston 2015, was realized last year. Launched in 2013, we achieved it by saving every healthy and treatable animal in the first year. Keep in mind that the Animal Society takes in over 90% of our local animals and is the only organization that does not turn our local animals away. To do this, we incurred a significant deficit and had to ramp up our fundraising efforts. We sustained it in 2014 and 2015.
They said it couldn’t be done in such a short time frame in the South. We actually achieved it faster than San Francisco and New York City. Of equal importance is that the Animal Society has set an example for other nonprofits and government agencies to solve a problem and place a timeline on it, rather than react to problems with no vision of ever solving them, a notion our current field of presidential candidates could learn from.
No Kill Charleston 2015 now becomes No Kill Charleston. It was the boldest animal rescue initiative ever undertaken in the Southeast. No Kill Charleston, together with No Kill South Carolina, the boldest grassroots animal rescue initiative ever undertaken in the United States, become No Kill. No Harm. No More. — a movement that will encompass everything that we do.
Sustaining No Kill Charleston will consume nearly all of our capacity; however, No Kill South Carolina will be equally effective as we stand shoulder-to- shoulder with our brothers and sisters across the state, sharing with them how we turned around our community of Charleston County.
Now we are invitiing our membership and every animal lover in the community to lead the way by becoming Founders of the No Kill. No Harm. No More. Movement. I, along with others, am pledging $25,000 to become a Founder and I’m inviting all of you to do the same. Animal lovers who give, pledge or make provisions in their estate plans of $25,000 or more will become a Founder of No Kill.
No Harm. No More.
To become a Founder, contact Jennifer Winchester at mailto:email@example.com or (843) 329-1541.
However, each and every gift, regardless of its size, makes you a champion for animals in the No Kill. No Harm. No More. Movement.
While we have solved the problem of unnecessary euthanasia, we have not solved the problem of dog and cat overpopulation, nor have we solved the problem of rampant cruelty to animals, nearly 300 cases alone from last year.
We arrived here with focus, strategy and determination. But, the fuel behind this was that we have believed in each other and in our community, which gave us confidence, not arrogance, to do the improbable. Let’s continue to believe in each other, build upon our confidence and lead the way to solving overpopulation and to end, once and for all, animal cruelty and human violence.
I am so proud of and grateful to our donors, adopters, volunteers, foster families, staff and each and every one of you for your commitment, your efforts, your support and your belief in Charleston Animal Society.
Indeed, you are Charleston Animal Society!