More Animal Lives Saved Across State then Ever Before!
The 2020 numbers for South Carolina’s lifesaving efforts are pretty impressive.
No Kill South Carolina (NKSC), a program of Charleston Animal Society that is funded by the Petco Foundation has tracked euthanasia numbers since NKSC started in 2016. As you can see below, the number of cats and dogs being euthanized has continued to fall year after year, thanks to lifesaving strategies and teamwork between agencies.
The old days of the “dog pound” appear to be ending and the risk of euthanasia for sheltered animals is at a historic low. Only 8% of dogs and 18% of cats were euthanized in 2020, a dramatic decrease from only 5 years ago. For example in 2016, one out of every three cats in shelters was being euthanized, but now that number has almost been cut in half.
Despite the progress, there’s still a lot of work ahead.
Charleston Animal Society’s No Kill South Carolina initiative aims to save every healthy and treatable companion animal in our state. The rate of euthanasia (euthanasia divided by intake) tells us the proportion of animals entering the shelter that are euthanized. However, that number alone doesn’t say anything about the health of the animals entering the shelter.
We believe that humane euthanasia is necessary for animals whose suffering cannot be relieved or who are unable to live safely in a human environment. So while the euthanasia rate alone doesn’t tell the whole story of animal welfare in our state, it gives us a good idea of the overall direction.
South Carolina animal shelters are working together more than ever before to save lives. Each community has its own challenges but by relying on one another to implement research-based, data-driven leading practices we are seeing the results of our hard work. No Kill South Carolina is coming!
Hours of Operation:
12pm – 5:00pm (Weekdays)
10am – 5:00pm (Weekends)
Due to COVID-19 National Health Emergency, only a limited number of people are allowed in the shelter at any given time.
Click on the different category headings to find out more. You can also change some of your preferences. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer.
Essential Website Cookies
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features.
Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, you cannot refuse them without impacting how our site functions. You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website.
Other external services
We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps and external Video providers. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.
Google Webfont Settings:
Google Map Settings:
Vimeo and Youtube video embeds: