In April 2008, Charleston County, SC, became the sixth community to join the ASPCA Partnership. In Charleston, animal welfare organizations have a strong history of working together to address animal overpopulation and pet care through collaborative disaster response efforts, low-cost spay/neuter initiatives, adoption campaigns and cruelty prevention and law enforcement.
The community’s three partner agencies include Charleston Animal Society and Pet Helpers, both of which include adoption services, intake and high-volume spay/neuter clinics, and Humane Net, a collaboration of animal shelters, rescues and animal control agencies that address issues threatening the lives and welfare of animals.
Charleston County’s partner agencies include:
Charleston Animal Society 
A 134-year-old institution, CAS takes in over 10,000 unwanted and abandoned animals each year and is the only open admissions shelter in Charleston County.
Adoption hours: Monday-Friday, noon-6:00 P.M., Saturday 10:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M., Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
2455 Remount Road, N.
Charleston, S.C. 29406
Humane Net, Inc. 
First started in the 1990s, the all-volunteer Humane Net serves as a state leader in the areas of disaster preparedness and response, anti-cruelty, population control and community outreach.
Hours for services vary.
P.O. Box 41763
North Charleston, SC 29423
Pet Helpers 
A private nonprofit adoption center and spay/neuter clinic, Pet Helpers was founded by Carol Linville in 1976, and is now one of the foremost pet rescue operations in South Carolina.
Adoption hours: Monday-Friday, 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M., Saturday, 11:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M., Sunday, noon.-4:00 P.M.
1447 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29412
Charleston Success Story
Charleston Animal Society’s (CAS) off-site adoptions program serves as a second chance for hard-to-place animals like Cecilia, a heartworm-positive German Shepherd and true unsung hero.
Cecilia was one of many victims of the difficult economy. Facing home foreclosure, her family surrendered her to the Charleston Animal Society in the hopes that she would find a new home. After receiving treatment for heartworm, Cecilia’s sweet demeanor became evident, and she got a chance to show off her winning personality in other ways, too.
When a local sheriff contacted CAS with a request to use one of its dogs in an investigation of cab drivers, who were allegedly scamming riders aided by service dogs, Cecilia was all-too-eager to strut her stuff. She played her part exceptionally well and contributed to the arrest and citation of two unscrupulous drivers.
Soon after, Cecilia was pulled from the adoption floor and placed in CAS’s off-site adoption program. She was the star of a Charleston community event called Pet Fest, where volunteers and staff shared her story with many admirers. It didn’t take long for Cecilia to find a great home—one she so readily deserved.
To learn more about how your city can apply to become an ASPCA partner community, please visit ASPCApro.org .