WaterShed Animal Fund Partners with Charleston Animal Society to Fund Rural Animal Welfare Program

by | May 30, 2018

Oklahoma City, OK – WaterShed Animal Fund recently awarded Charleston Animal Society a $726,660 grant to fund a 3-year rural animal welfare pilot program throughout Charleston County called Helping Hands for Rural Paws.

Helping Hands for Rural Paws will deploy a mobile veterinary and spay/neuter clinic (“Simon’s Rig) to targeted rural communities as well as provide transportation services to those without, reaching the most remote companion animals. The targeted areas account for approximately 70 percent of Charleston County geography.

“Accessible veterinary care in rural Charleston County is one of the most preventable threats facing companion animals. As more professionals move to cities, rural America suffers,” said Joe Elmore, CEO of Charleston Animal Society. “The folks we are aiming to serve are those that, for whatever the reason, do not seek basic veterinary care for their animals. Over the next three years, we intend to test how far and effective a population center can support rural veterinary outreach. WaterShed Animal Fund has made this effort a dream come true. Without WaterShed Animal Fund, we simply could not launch this groundbreaking effort to help our rural neighbors take care of their animals.”

The goal of Helping Hands for Rural Paws is to enhance the standard of care in isolated areas through accessible, affordable veterinary care along with humane education. The success of the program will be determined by various annual measurements including elevated pet care, increased spay/neuter, increased access to preventive care and wellness, reduced animal cruelty and decreased pet overpopulation. The program is expected to serve over 1,100 animals per year in the southern and northern areas of Charleston County, focusing on the communities of McClellanville, Awendaw, Johns Island, Wadmalaw Island, Hollywood, Ravenel, Meggett, Rockville, Adams Run and Edisto Island.

“The WaterShed Animal Fund is pleased to support Charleston Animal Society in their quest to bring much needed services to animals in rural communities. Rural animals are often forgotten about in the greater animal welfare movement and programs such as Helping Hands for Rural Paws will act as a model for other communities,” said Christy Counts, President, WaterShed Animal Fund.

WaterShed Animal Fund

The WaterShed Animal Fund is a private, separate entity within the Arnall Family Foundation. With an independent staff and strategic plan, they are dedicated to supporting innovative programs exemplary institutions and individuals to better lives of companion animals. The fund supports organizations with shared interest that demonstrate competency, transparency and problem solving.

Charleston Animal Society

At 144 years old, Charleston Animal Society is one of the first animal lifesaving organizations in the nation and has never changed its mission of preventing cruelty to animals. The Animal Society is celebrating 5 years of building the first No Kill Community in the Deep South, the most devasting region of the country for companion animals. The Animal Society has cared for over 75,000 animals representing 52 species in the past 5 years and has earned South Carolina’s most honored charity for 6 years in a row.

Source: Charleston Animal Society