There were smiles all over the Charleston Animal Society Animal Care Campus Thursday morning as 33 dogs were loaded onto a truck for transportation to other parts of the country for adoption! Knowing that the Lowcountry was hit hard with the record-breaking flooding last week, the Humane Society of the United States swung into action and offered the transport to help find these dogs homes. “We have been a proud partner of the HSUS with our ‘Pets for Life’ outreach program, and to see this partnership grow like this is overwhelming,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore. The dogs will first head to Greenville, and from there will be sent to welcoming shelters around the country.
Here is how the Post and Courier covered today’s event:
The Humane Society of the United States relocated 33 adult dogs from Charleston on Thursday to help ease overcrowding in the wake of record-breaking rain and flooding that inundated much of the state.
The Charleston Animal Society is currently responsible for nearly 700 animals, with roughly 400 of those housed in foster homes, according to its CEO, Joe Elmore.
“Our foster home capacity is being decreased because so many are impacted by the flooding,” Elmore said. Meanwhile, the intake of animals continues to rise, he said.
The national society transported 33 of the animals to a staging area in Greenville on Thursday to await placement, Elmore said.
“We still have over 600 animals in our system, so we still need folks to come over and adopt,” Elmore said. “We have kittens, dogs, everything. There may be folks out there who know they can provide a good home — maybe they already have a few dogs already. We really would love for them to consider taking in one more.”
Later this month, the Charleston shelter will host an adoption event to assist the Dorchester County SPCA, which was forced out of its Summerville facility due to flooding, Elmore said.