Good evening, animal lovers.
First I would like to thank the committee who chose me as the recipient of tonight’s Top Dog award. I would also like to thank everybody that is here tonight. You have spent countless hours donating time and resources to make the shelter itself, along with all of it’s events a smooth-running organization. Without all of your support, the Charleston Animal Society would not be as successful as it is today. I would like to thank the people who have adopted animals from the Society, and those that have fostered pets so that we could have more room for other animals in the shelter.
Every year, millions of animals are taken to shelters all over America. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people at least 5 to 1. Four million animals are euthanized each year due to overcrowding in shelters. The heartbreaking fact is that even if every person in America adopted a homeless or shelter animal, there would still be thousands of animals without a home. In Charleston County alone, we have about 227,000 homeless pets. It seems almost hopeless when we think about animal homelessness in these terms, but we are working to break the cycle. In 2008, adopted pets within the county increased by 616 and 311 more at-risk animals were transferred to rescue groups. Overall, the number of animals saved from euthanasia in Charleston County shelters increased by 884. How can we continue this trend? One way is to spread the word about spaying and neutering pets. When you see your neighbors walking their dog, or other animal lovers with their pets at the dog park, buying food at the pet store, or even at the vet’s office, ask them if their pet is spayed or neutered. If the answer is no, ask why. Studies show that the number one reason people do not have their pets fixed is due to cost. If that is the reason, please tell them about the affordable low-cost spay and neutering program that we offer. Sponsor-a-Spay takes donations from the public to...
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