Charleston Animal Society offering free adoptions to ease overcrowding

PROVIDED Charleston Animal Society officials examine a puppy thrown from a car at a Waffle House parking lot. The group says it is waiving adoption fees to ease overcrowding at its shelter.

The Charleston Animal Society is offering free adoptions through Sunday to relieve overcrowding.

"In the past two weeks, we have been flooded with a summer surge of dogs and cats," Senior Director of Animal Services Pearl Sutton said in a statement Wednesday. "We are rescuing so many animals that cages are lining the hallways."

The facility at 2455 Remount Road was built for 230 animals, and in the past two weeks, 251 dogs and 464 cats have been brought in, according to Kay Hyman, director of community engagement.

One of the animals rescued is a 3-month-old lab mix that was thrown from a car at the Waffle House parking lot on Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston.

"The overcrowding is a critical situation for us," Charleston Animal Society Chief Executive Officer Joe Elmore said. "We don't have any room left and we are asking the community to step in and help."

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.