Charleston Animal Society will launch No Kill Charleston 2015 at its 139th annual meeting today.
Calling it “the boldest animal care initiative ever undertaken in the Southeast,” the society hopes to save every healthy and treatable animal in Charleston County.
Since moving into its current facility on Remount Road in North Charleston five years ago, the society has made strides toward the goal.
In 2007, its Annual Live Release Rate was 34 percent. During the last 12 months the shelter’s Live Release Rate exceeded 75 percent. Most other areas of the state realize live release rates of 10 percent to 30 percent, according to the Society.
“We’ll ask all citizens for a gift of their time, money and home,” said Society Chief Executive Officer Joe Elmore. “An army of volunteers will be needed for foster homes, adoption ambassadors, socialization and off-site education and adoption events. Money will be needed to pay for medications, specialized surgeries and treatment. Homes will be needed for adoptions and fostering. This will be a tremendous challenge for community, but it can be done. We believe in Charleston.”
The initiative involves a 10-point plan:
1. Finding homes for homeless animals through adoptions and foster homes.
2. Fighting animal cruelty wherever it exists through assisting law enforcement and advocating for stronger laws.
3. Helping youth understand science through a nationally-recognized veterinary science initiative.
4. Containing outbreaks of deadly diseases through a communitywide rabies vaccination strategy.
5. Reuniting loved ones with their families through an in-depth lost and found program.
6. Saving the lives of abused and abandoned animals through individually customized treatment.
7. Preventing births of unwanted animals through a high volume, high quality, affordable spay/neuter strategy.
8. Guiding children to grow into humanitarians through a comprehensive humane education initiative.
9. Fighting hunger when food is unaffordable through a nonjudgmental pet-focused food bank.
10. Reducing the number of free roaming cats through a trap-vaccinate-alter and return to habitat plan.
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