John Ancrum SPCA

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Every year several million cats and dogs are euthanized by organizations like John Ancrum SPCA because the population is much higher than the number of families and homes willing to properly take care of these animals. When you adopt a pet from John Ancrum SPCA, you give a dog or a cat a second chance at life. Not all shelters euthanize animals, you can contact your local animal shelter to find out if there are any animals in need of rescuing before they are put down.

When you adopt a dog or cat from an animal shelter you also create additional space for another lost or abandoned pet who needs a safe environment.

Shelter pets are given the chance to interact with other animals and humans every day. While shelters can be noisy and overwhelming for some animals, it also provides a good environment for dogs and cats to learn to adapt and tolerate other animals. This can be particularly important if you already have a pet or even small children in your home.

Most animal shelters are provided, as required by law, for the safety and healthy well-being of the community. Additionally, individuals may choose to open private animal shelters. Despite popular belief animal shelters do not have to accept all animals. There are many shelters that will accept any animal, but sometimes shelters will have to turn away animals because of over population.

There are two types of animal shelters: traditional animal shelters allow animals to be euthanized if they are unhealthy or if they have been residents of the shelter for a specified amount of time. While this may seem heartless to many, most animal shelters are restricted on the amount of space and money they have to work with. To help prevent the euthanization of an animal, families and individuals looking for a new pet should try to adopt from their local shelter.

A no-kill shelter is an animal shelter that will take pets in but will not euthanize dogs and cats to make room for new animals. No-kill shelters are much more likely to run out of space and turn down new animals if pets are not being adopted.

Animal shelters like John Ancrum SPCA are a great benefit to communities, pets and families. Shelters step in and provide a safe environment for lost and unwanted pets until they are able to find a home from them. The shelters help keep animals healthier and protect the community by keeping stray cats and dogs from overrunning the streets. You can help the mission of animal shelters by adopting pets responsibly and spaying or neutering your pet to help control the growing pet population.

John Ancrum SPCA

3861 Leeds Avenue
charleston, South Carolina 29412
Phone: 843-747-4849
Fax: 843-747-1012
The South Carolina Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in Charleston and received a state charter in 1880. Its immediate concerns were to combat the rampant cruelty to animals. This included the neglect of work-animals, the inhumane shipping of cattle, and the epidemic of stray dogs.

In 1940, the Society adopted the name of its early Board President, John Ancrum, honoring a contribution made from his estate.

During the mid-1900's, the organization worked to outlaw cruel animal "sports". One such example was gander pulling which involved a horseback rider tearing the head from a live goose while racing full speed. The society also campaigned successfully to improve the abominable conditions of the city-operated dog pound.

A Safe Haven

The society continued to work toward a more humane environment to house abandoned animals and permanent homes. In 1948, private funds were raised to open the first animal shelter on Meeting Street. As the pet population grew, other sites followed. Volunteers managed the operation of these facilities and local veterinarians donated their services.

The John Ancrum SPCA assumed residency at its current location on Leeds Avenue in 1981. This first-class facility reflects a long and cooperative partnership between the agency and Charleston County Council. Upon completion of the shelter, the county terminated its own animal pound and contracted with the SPCA to provide care for all of the animals collected by animal control officers.

The John Ancrum SPCA continues to fight animal cruelty, find safe homes for abandoned animals and reduce pet over-population. The greatest challenge facing the agency today is finding space and resources to increase pet adoptions as the number of abandoned pets increases steadily with our growing community.

Your Support is Needed to Continue this Tradition of Care and Commitment to Excellence. Help us Build a More Humane Society.
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