Charleston Animal Society celebrates 150 years

150 years ago, the Charleston Animal Society was founded as a safe haven for animals.

The first shelter was built downtown

The first shelter was built downtown.

Image via Charleston Animal Society

The Charleston Animal Society is celebrating 150 years of helping animals in the Lowcountry. In 1874, it was formed as the first animal protection organization in South Carolina.

Fun facts

  • Charleston Animal Society helped Charleston County become the first No Kill Community in the Southeast in 2013.
  • The organization responds to animals in crisis as a result of both man-made and natural disasters.

The group has changed names and locations a few times over the years, but its mission has stayed the same: to prevent animal cruelty. Take a deep dive into the history of the organization.

You know the classic ways to help the non-profit, like donating your time, supplies, and money. But it’s not all giving, the shelter puts on several events throughout the year that benefit the group and are also fun for the community. Here are a few:


  • Applause for Paws Gala
  • Rescue Brew contest
  • Paws in the Park Festival