Charleston Animal Society just completed two weeks of performing spaying or neutering surgeries for dogs and cats in animal shelters located in 11 different counties, across every single region of the state.
“Charleston Animal Society doesn’t just ‘react’ to problems, we get out there and find solutions,” said Charleston Animal Society President and CEO Joe Elmore.
Under state law, a shelter animal can’t be adopted without being spayed or neutered. Because of the veterinarian shortage, scores of animals can’t be spayed or neutered because of the shortage, meaning they also can’t be adopted. No Kill South Carolina 2024, an initiative of Charleston Animal Society, has recruited veterinarians from around the country to come help with the spay-neuter push.
|Surgeries by Receiving Shelter|
|Anderson County PAWS||58|
|Berkeley Animal Center||103|
|Charleston Animal Society||27|
|Colleton County Animal Services||22|
|Grand Strand Humane Society||22|
|Humane Society of Marlboro County||48|
|Jasper Animal Rescue Mission||40|
The first spay-neuter week was held in November, when 239 Surgeries were completed at several other shelters including: Anderson County PAWS, Humane Society of Greenwood, Abbeville County Animal Shelter and Berkeley Animal Center. Veterinarians from North Carolina, Ohio and a veterinary technician from Colorado helped during this campaign.
The veterinarian shortage has hit South Carolina especially hard. The Palmetto State ranks 46th out of 50 states in the number of veterinarians per thousand people in population, according to Dr. Boyd Parr, state veterinarian. Shelters as well as private clinics, emergency clinics and the USDA are feeling the impact of this statewide crisis.
Veterinarians who would like to help with this effort are urged to contact the No Kill South Carolina 2024 team by emailing Abigail Appleton at aappleton@
To help with this emergency spay-neuter project, please give at CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/