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Pet Helpers


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1430 Folly Road
Charleston, SC

Pet Helpers was founded in 1976 by President Carol Linville after she read that 8,000 pets were being euthanized each year at the local shelter. It began as a weekly "adopt a pet" column. Thirty years later, that column has grown into Pet Helpers Rescue and Adoption Shelter, one of the foremost pet rescue organizations in South Carolina. Pet Helpers has slowly evolved into a widely recognized, innovative shelter that offers caring solutions to the serious problems created by pet overpopulation.

For 30 years, we have focused on the needs of homeless animals. Through a commitment to no-kill sheltering, required spay and neuter, adoption, and 24-hour a day rescue programs, we have worked tirelessly to save those animals who are without human guardianship. We service the tri-county areas of Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston Counties, and we are the only independent, no-kill adoption shelter that is staffed and maintains regular business hours. We answer 20,000 calls a year to provide assistance and information to the public concerning animal issues.

Feral Cat TNR Program
5
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
5
Rescue Groups
0
Foster Care
5
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
4
Pet Retention
0
Medical and Behavior Programs
0
Public Relations/Community Involvement
0
Volunteers
5
Proactive Redemptions
0
A Compassionate Director
0
Unverified or Pro-Kill Shelters in South Carolina
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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My neighbor has been in the hospital since December with no sign of coming home any time soon. She has two dogs that stay shut inside of the house except for a few minutes a day when someone takes them out on a leash. They need a home and love. I can't adopt them. What can I do?
posted by MurielBrodie, on 2016-06-06 12:02:30
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I need to rehome two dogs
posted by JenniferKendrick, on 2016-05-31 11:58:14
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I recently found a kitten in my parking lot. I almost drove over it, and barely dodged. I checked it out and it was still breathing and whimpering. Its face appeared to be badly scarred, and its hind legs appeared to be out of commission. I brought the kitten in, it sipped a couple of sips of water, but did not have an appetite. It was sleeping hard. I searched online for a pet shelter that specifically DOES NOT KILL. I arrive at 10am at 1430 Folly Road and waited 45 minutes (it opens at 11am to the public). Two separate employees told me this cat is obviously dying, and we would have to euthanize it. They took the cat to the back where the veterinarian was, and I thought "wonderful, we'll get a professional opinion." About 5 minutes later, it was reinforced that the cat will probably be euthanized. I understand that sometimes killing an animal is sometimes showing more compassion than letting it suffer. That's exactly why I "rescued" the cat: so it would not get driven over by a car! Here I am looking for a shelter that does not kill, and within seconds of analyzing the cat, their first and only option is to kill the cat. That's all I'm saying. I'm in a bad mood, but I understand due to financial and storage concerns, you gotta do whatcha gotta do. After all, it's just a stray cat... why should I care so much?
posted by WestCrosby, on 2013-09-30 10:24:15
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Thank God you cared enough to to give this kitty a better life in Heaven. Bless you
posted by SandySeverson, on 2015-06-07 02:38:06
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If this ever happens again, I would take the cat to a vet , and if you can't afford the vet bills, say that you would like to sign the pet over to them. Some large emergency hospitals have funds set aside for this, and could hopefully try to save the pet's life, while looking for a possible guardian. Worst case scenario, being euthanized at a vet's office would be better than at a shelter.
posted by KimberlyChicchi, on 2015-02-12 01:35:26