To help

What: The Charleston Animal Society and ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon, offering fee-waived adoptions of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Charleston Animal Society at 2455 Remount Road and Pet Smart locations at 676 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant and 2076 Sam Rittenberg in West Ashley.

Also: Staff and volunteers also will have animals at the Charleston Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

More: charlestonanimalsociety.org

October used to be a month for the Charleston Animal Society to take a breather. Not any more.

Since the society decided to become a “no kill community” last year, it’s required a bit more creativity, dedication and hard work to spare the lives of dogs and cats, puppies and kittens.

That’s why the society is banking on this weekend’s “Mega Match-a-Thon,” which is part of a nationwide effort spearheaded by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The three-day drive, which started Friday, offers waived-fee adoptions.

On Saturday, the society will have animals at its headquarters at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston, as well as the Pet Smart locations in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Staff and volunteers also will have animals at the Charleston Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Sunday, the drive continues at the society headquarters and the two Pet Smart locations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The society’s goal this weekend is to adopt out 300 animals, which is about as many as the society can process in three days, according to Kay Hyman, the society’s director of community engagement.

Reaching that goal is almost a necessity.

Starting the weekend, Hyman said the society had about 750 animals in its system, of which more than 300 were staying with nearly 200 foster families in the Charleston area. The society’s official capacity is about 250, so some animals are in crates in the hallways and office spaces.

Without foster families, Hyman said she’s not sure the society could achieve its goal of being a no kill community.

“Foster families are the life blood of our shelter,” Hyman said. “They are saving lives and helping us get through crises time and time again.”

Among those fosters at the shelter on Friday was Jaime Weber, a financial consultant who lives near Daniel Island.

She and her family have been fostering two kittens. Within two hours of arriving at the shelter, one of the two had been adopted. She was hoping the remaining black kitten, a bit traumatized by losing its partner and by the commotion at the shelter, would be adopted soon.

Weber has been fostering kittens, usually nursing them back to health, for two years and has saved 12 lives so far.

“It’s great to see them get back out and survive,” Weber said.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516 or dquick@postandcourier.com.