The holidays got a little brighter for abused, abandoned and injured cats and dogs in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday, thanks to a big grant to the Charleston Animal Society.
The money comes from Maddie’s Fund, a national organization that raises and disburses money to help assist with animal rescues, veterinary care, and pet adoptions. Maddie’s Fund grants, which average in the millions every year, are designed primarily to benefit no-kill shelters.
Maddie’s Fund is providing $127,000 to the Charleston Animal Society, which is a no-kill, no-harm organization based in North Charleston. The “no-kill, no-harm” designation means that the shelter only euthanizes animals for medical reasons, not because they are considered “unadoptable.”
Of the money, $27,000 will directly benefit Charleston-area animals. The Charleston Animal Society plans to remodel the dog adoption room at the shelter and to make changes at a cat sanctuary located in the Hollywood-Ravenel neighborhood.
The remaining $100,000 will support efforts to connect shelter officials around the United States to Charleston Animal Society staff to help foster collaboration on best practices in fostering animals awaiting adoption.
In addition to the grant, Maddie’s Fund recognized Joe Elmore, the CEO of the Charleston Animal Society with the “Maddie Hero Award” for distinction in leadership of a no-kill organization.
For his part, Elmore was thankful for both the contribution and the honor. “Maddie’s Fund is an amazing organization that makes all of our dreams of making lives better for our community animals possible,” Elmore told the Charleston Post and Courier.