Staff know to expect an influx of homeless animals, especially kittens, because dogs and cats typically have litters during summer months. Many communities, however, are struggling to cope.


Although nonprofit shelters like Charleston Animal Society and Dorchester Paws, as well as government-run shelters like [Columbia Animal Services] are facing challenges, South Carolina has made significant strides in slashing pet euthanasia rates.

“Our shelter intake decreased statewide and our shelter euthanasia deceased quite a bit statewide,” said Abigail Kamleiter, No Kill South Carolina director.

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