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The Mission of the Charleston Animal Society is to prevent cruelty to animals.
The South Carolina Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in Charleston in 1874, and received a state charter in 1880. Its immediate concerns were to combat the rampant cruelty to animals, including the neglect of work-animals, the inhumane shipping of cattle, and the epidemic of stray dogs. The society also campaigned successfully to improve the abominable conditions of the city-operated dog pound.
A Safe Haven: The society continued to work toward a more humane environment to house abandoned animals and permanent homes. In 1948, private funds were raised to open the first animal shelter on Meeting Street. As the pet population grew, other sites followed. Volunteers managed the operation of these facilities and local veterinarians donated their services.
The John Ancrum SPCA assumed residency on Leeds Avenue in 1981. This first-class facility reflected a long and cooperative partnership between the agency and Charleston County Council. Upon completion of the shelter, the county terminated its own animal pound and contracted with the SPCA to provide care for all of the animals collected by animal control officers. In 2008, Charleston Animal Society moved to it's current location on Remount Road.
The Charleston Animal Society continues to fight animal cruelty, find homes for abandoned animals, and reduce pet over-population. The greatest challenge facing the agency today is finding space and resources to increase pet adoptions as the number of abandoned pets increases steadily with our growing community. Your Support is Needed to Continue this Tradition of Care and Commitment to Excellence.