Carolina Tails Magazine | Summer 2018

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SUMMER 2018 A Charleston Animal Society Publication

HOMES FOR HORSES An Exciting Study!




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Contents SUMMER 2018




New Study Finds Hope For Unwanted Horses


Pawsitively TownPlace Hotel Saving Homeless Dogs


Helping Hands for Rural Paws: A WaterShed Moment


Saving the Sturgeon


Safe Boating with Pets


Bronx & Adam: Homeless Man Reunites with His Dog


Making Your Backyard a Bird Magnet!


Everybody Knows Stevie


The Amazing World of Rats


No Kill South Carolina: Closer Than You Think


Ask a Lawyer


Your Vet Directory


Take Me Home Adoptions!


Is Your Dog Getting Too Much Sun?


Around Town


Time to Play! Shark Dive!

COVER PHOTO: Charleston Animal Society Outreach Specialist Conor Thompson, Hollywood, SC Resident Ethel Drayton and her dog Lola photographed in front of the Simon Greer Mobile Spay-Neuter Clinic which will be driving to rural Charleston County communities as part of the new lifesaving initiative “Helping Hands for Rural Paws.” Photo: Scott Guy / www.Guy.Photography.









Welcome DEAR FRIENDS, Making a new friend along the way in life is always such a gift. Sometimes the new friend is a person you meet through business – or he or she is a four-legged friend you adopt from a shelter. And sometimes, your new friend is an organization that helps fulfill a dream. That is the case with the WaterShed Animal Fund. Our community is so fortunate to have found a friend in WaterShed. This incredible organization is “dedicated to supporting innovative programs, exemplary institutions and individuals to better the lives of companion animals.” With their support, Charleston Animal Society is able to launch “Helping Hands for Rural Paws™.” Simply put, this is the largest companion animal initiative in Charleston County since the launch of No Kill Charleston™ and No Kill South Carolina™. Reaching Rural Animals As you will see in our article, Helping Hands for Rural Paws will allow us to send our Simon Greer Mobile Spay-Neuter Clinic (Simon’s Rig) to rural towns across Charleston County, providing care for animals that live in remote areas. These are places where veterinary offices are sparse or non-existent. We will introduce these pets and their families to veterinary care and then urge them to set up a relationship with a regular veterinarian. So, as you see Simon’s Rig on the road, please know we have our new friends at WaterShed Animal Fund to thank for this. Laurel and I were happy to provide the mobile clinic for this purpose. Inside Our Pages Charleston Animal Society Board President Hank Greer announced “Helping Hands Speaking of friendship, wait until you read about Stevie Betros for Rural Paws,” the largest animal care initiative since No Kill Charleston™ and and his good friend and veterinarian, Dr. Dick Patrick, DVM. Stevie No Kill South Carolina™. Photo: Jeanne Taylor. is a Special Olympian who has overcome autism to live a very happy life in Charleston. He has volunteered at Dr. Patrick’s office for 12 years and is a comfort to people who come in worried about their pets. There is some amazing work taking place on Wadmalaw Island that fishermen will not want to miss. That’s all I’m going to say about our article on the Bears Bluff Fish Hatchery and the scientists who work there. You’ll learn about an incredible partnership with a local hotel that is adopting homeless dogs from Charleston Animal Society to their guests from around the country! We also have wonderful stories on horses, birds and even rats! Plus there is an exciting update on No Kill South Carolina, made possible through the Petco Foundation. But I have to wrap up by encouraging you to read an ultimate story of friendship. It involves Bronx and the reunion with his Daddy who found himself homeless, temporarily unable to care for his beloved dog. The story perfectly sums up the meaning of friendship: loyalty, love and the belief in each other. All I can say is don’t forget the tissue when you read this one. As always, I sincerely thank you for your continued support of Charleston Animal Society and our mission to save animal lives. Please also be sure to show some love to the advertisers you see in these pages who help us share our hopes and dreams for animals through the pages of Carolina Tails. Thank you for all you do for the animals! Have a wonderful summer. Best Wishes,

Hank Greer, President SUMMER 2018 | CAROLINA TAILS


EQUINES:: Saving Horses



Encouraging Research Regarding Homes for Horses EXCITING RESEARCH BY THE ASPCA suggests there could be at least 1.2 million households—or approximately 2.3 million adults—in the United States with both the resources and desire to adopt horses in need. This discovery indicates that there is a population ready to absorb horses most at risk. Estimates vary about the number of horses who need homes every year across the country, with the highest estimates edging at close to 200,000. The actual number is likely lower, as that estimate assumes every horse sent to slaughter has no other option—but even if the high estimate was correct, the study indicates there are many homes available for those at-risk horses. The study Estimating the Availability of Potential Homes for Unwanted Horses in the United States was published in July, 2017 and focused on identifying potential available homes for horses. Data suggests that sufficient adoptive homes may indeed be found and opportunities enhanced so horses could remain in homes they already have. Below are frequently asked questions about this research. Q: IT IS REALLY GREAT THAT THERE APPEAR TO BE SO MANY MORE HOMES FOR HORSES THAN SOME HAVE THOUGHT, BUT WHERE ARE THESE HOMES? A: We hypothesize that there is a large gap between those who have the strong interest and capacity to adopt a horse and those that have horses in need of homes. As initiatives that enhance advertising and matchmaking resources such as The Right Horse gain ground, we anticipate those gaps will close. 6 CAROLINA TAILS | SUMMER 2018

Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach Aldwin Roman with one of 11 horses rescued on Johns Island in 2015. It was Charleston County’s largest equine rescue.

Q: WHY DID YOU USE THE TERM “UNWANTED”? A: While we would prefer terms such as “at risk” or “homeless” we were pointing to published studies using those terms and the peer reviewers preferred the use of that increasingly antiquated term. It should be noted that when looking at figures for horses sent to slaughter, that population includes some percentage of horses who have been stolen and then resold to slaughter buyers for profit. While national figures for stolen horses are not kept, when California passed a citizen initiative in 1998 banning horse slaughter, the state saw a 34% drop in horse theft in subsequent years . Q: HOW MANY HORSES ARE IN U.S. RESCUE FACILITIES? A: According to the Unwanted Horse Coalition there are an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 horses housed by rescues at any given time. This is a fluid number as many of those horses are routinely being rehomed and opening space for additional horses. One U.S. study found the most common horse-related reasons horses were relinquished to rescue organizations were health (54 percent), lack of suitability for desired purpose (28 percent) and behavioral problems of the horses (28 percent). Ownerrelated factors most commonly reported were financial hardship (52 percent), physical illness or death of the owner (27 percent) and lack of time for the horse (16 percent). Q: HOW WAS THE SURVEY CONDUCTED? A: Using an independent survey company through an Omnibus telephone (land and cell) survey, we interviewed a nationally projectable sample of 3036 adults (using both landline and cellular phone numbers)

to learn of their interest and capacity to adopt a horse. Q: WHAT KIND OF RESPONSES DID YOU RECEIVE? A: Among the 3,036 individuals contacted, 17 percent met our criteria for horseinterested by reporting that they either currently own a horse, want to own a horse in the near future or have owned a horse within the past five years. Nine percent of the horse-interested sample reporting being “very interested" in obtaining a horse under all three scenarios. Further, 46 percent of the horse-interested sample reported having the necessary resources to house and care for a horse. Q: I SAW AN ESTIMATE OF ABOUT 2.3 MILLION POTENTIAL HOMES. HOW WAS THAT ESTIMATE MADE AND WHY DID THE MANUSCRIPT USE A DIFFERENT NUMBER? A: That original estimate was based on the number of adults living in the U.S. The estimate used for the manuscript was based on an estimate for the number of households as opposed to the number of adults. The reason for using a number of households as opposed to the number of adults was based on the journal and peer reviewers’ convention. Both of these estimates are accurate estimates. Q: CAN I READ THE ENTIRE RESEARCH REPORT? A: The report, authored by Dr. Emily Weiss, Dr. Emily Dolan, Heather MohanGibbons, Shannon Gramann and Dr. Margaret R. Slater, is available to read free of charge in the journal Animals ( Reprinted with permission from ASPCA.

HOSPITALITY:: Dog Adoptions

Hotel Program Getting Dogs Adopted



CHARLESTON SAW 4.8 MILLION tourists last year. Imagine if some of them took a homeless dog home with them! Well, that is the thinking behind an innovative collaboration between Charleston Animal Society and TownePlace Suites by Marriott® at Tanger Outlets in North Charleston. Melissa Zimmerman, the hotel’s general manager, said that when she was hired, she wanted to “think outside of the box” in terms of enhancing guests’ stay. She thought, why not offer adoptable dogs in their lobby? “Fostering a relationship with Charleston Animal Society was a no-brainer,” she said. Pawsitively TownePlace The program, “Pawsitively TownePlace” has been a tremendous success both with the guests and staff. The employees put their name on the list to walk the dog, and since the hotel is pet-friendly, guests can ask to take the foster dog on a walk with their own pet frequently. The hotel has two dog houses in the lobby, including one that mimics the hotel. “The moment the guests see a dog there, their mood changes instantly. It is cool to see the interaction between the dogs and the guests,” Zimmerman says. “It warms the hearts of so many people who have been involved with this adoption program.” The program works, having adopted five dogs since February. One of Zimmerman’s favorite stories involved a guest who was staying at the hotel for two and a half months. Near the end of her stay, the guest

Narica Celleso, Angelique Ezell and Debbie Sigmon light up at TownePlace Suites meeting the new guest "Skittles" who became available for adoption at the hotel on June 14.

asked if she could bring the hotel’s dog “Rosie” up to her room. Four days later, Rosie was adopted and now lives in Virginia. Guests rave about the program, saying it makes the hotel feel more like home. Above and beyond the adoption efforts, TownePlace Suites was a sponsor in the Par for Pets Golf Tournament and held a fundraiser for the animals at Charleston Animal Society, raising $1001! “We are beyond thrilled to welcome TownePlace Suites into our Business Ambassador family,” says Charleston Animal Society Offsite Adoption Manager AnnMarie Kenyon. “They are the first, and only, hotel in the Charleston area helping shelter dogs find new homes by acting as a foster home themselves. They are saving lives every day and giving their guests a one-of-a-kind experience.” How Does the Program Work? Kenyon explains that the adoption process is very similar to the shelter’s. Once a dog is placed at TownePlace, it is visible on the Charleston Animal Society website with a description of its personality that includes TownePlace's address and phone number. Kenyon trained the TownePlace team on the shelter’s adoption process, so they review and complete all the adoption paperwork with the adopter and collect the adoption fee. They take a picture of the

adopters for the shelter to share on Facebook and the adopters take the dog home the same day. The adopters spend time with the dog beforehand to get a feel for its personality and how it will fit into their family. The dogs available for guests to adopt are smaller-sized, 25 pounds or less. “The TownePlace team gets to know the dogs very well, so they become the best resource for information on the dog,” Kenyon explains. Get Your Business Involved Your company can also become a Charleston Animal Society Business Ambassador. Keeping a dog at your place of employment helps free up space at the shelter, and teaches the homeless animals important social skills. To learn more, contact AnnMarie Kenyon at This is a picture of Rosie on her way to her new forever home in Virginia, after a guest fell in love with her during a stay at TownPlace Suites at Tanger Outlets.



Inbox:: Reader Feedback

INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITY ANIMALS! When homeless animals have community partners like South Carolina Federal Credit Union in their corner, there are few challenges that can't be met. As of 2018, South Carolina Federal had over $1.6 billion in assets and over 165,000 active members. "SC Federal Credit Union's support of animals at Charleston Animal Society has been amazing," said Charleston Animal Society Director of Special Projects and Business Partnerships Elena Lawson. "They have raised money for us, held food drives for the animals and you can see them each year as a sponsor at our Chili Cook-off. They're amazing."


The team of South Carolina Federal Credit Union pose with Caitlin's blow-up outside their North Charleston Branch, during an adoption and food drive event in April.





tarting this summer, Charleston Animal Society will hit the road across Charleston County with the biggest companion animal initiative seen in the Lowcountry since No Kill Charleston™ and No Kill South Carolina™. A $726,000 grant from the WaterShed Animal Fund will allow the launch of “Helping Hands for Rural Paws™.” The three-year initiative will deploy Charleston Animal Society’s Simon Greer Mobile Spay-Neuter Clinic (Simon’s Rig) to rural communities across Charleston County, reaching the most remote companion animals. The targeted areas account for approximately 70 percent of Charleston County geography. “Charleston Animal Society is a great example of a southern community that has really stepped up and used progressive measures and fantastic work to change an entire city,” says Christy Counts, President of WaterShed Animal Fund. “Now they’re looking outside their city to see how they can help their state.” Counts understands how rural initiatives in the animal welfare movement are underfunded. “It’s not a sexy thing to fund and a lot of funders are scared to fund rural initiatives because there’s a lack of data and it’s that much harder to track outcomes,” she notes. “That’s why the whole purpose of the WaterShed Animal Fund is to fill gaps and find where we can make differences. We’re not interested in duplicating other foundations’ works. We have thousands of animals in rural communities that are suffering and don’t have the resources they need.”


Charleston Animal Society Outreach Specialist Conor Thompson speaks with Hollywood resident Ethel Drayton about Helping Hands for Rural Paws. Drayton is excited for her neighbors and her dog Lola.

THE NEED IS THERE According to Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore, accessible veterinary care in rural Charleston County is one of the most preventable threats facing companion animals, “The people we are aiming to serve are those that, for whatever the reason, do not seek basic veterinary care for their animals.” A shortage of veterinary access in the countryside is not unique in Charleston County. Study after study has concluded that rural areas across the U.S. need more vet access. The Center for Animal Health in Appalachia reviewed data in 2015 that showed “75 percent of rural Appalachian counties have a veterinary shortage.” A key component of Helping Hands for Rural Paws is to introduce people to the importance of good veterinary care and then refer them to practitioners that they can drive to in the future. EXCITEMENT IS GROWING The idea of rural support thrills Ethel Drayton. She lives more than 15 miles from the closest veterinary clinic and her dog has grown so large she can’t transport her all that way on her own. “I really think it’s a gift from God that they’re coming out to help people with animals that can’t afford to get immunized and medicated for fleas. It’s a real blessing,” Drayton says.

Dr. Margie Morris with surgery assistants Katherine Benton and Lee Edwards perform a spay surgery on a kitten inside the Simon Greer Mobile Spay-Neuter Clinic.

She also hopes the spay-neuter visits will help with the cat overpopulation problem she sees in her neighborhood. “It would be absolutely great. Further down the road there are people with cats. I used to see one cat, and now I see so many!” The initiative has caught the eyes of state lawmakers. Representative Bill Crosby, (R) District-117 says the program “blows my mind.” Representative Robert Brown (D) District-116 represents the southern rural part of Charleston County that will see a direct impact from the program. “I am so thankful for Charleston Animal Society for starting this program. This is a wonderful pilot program for rural communities.” Counts, with the WaterShed Animal Fund, agrees, saying as the program succeeds her organization would love to have the opportunity to introduce this model to other communities, to replicate it and scale it up. REACHING OUT TO SCHOOLS An exciting aspect of “Helping Hands for Rural Paws,” will allow Charleston Animal Society’s Humane Education Program to reach 230 students each year at schools in these rural communities. The goal is to teach humane education lessons about compassion, empathy and good animal care practices. “Reaching rural schools is challenging because of the distance,” said Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Humane Education De Daltorio. “We are so thankful WaterShed Animal Fund believes in us and the need to teach children how important animals are.”

RURA OUTR L EACH Rep. Robert Brown, (D) District-116, told the crowd he was happy that "Helping Hands for Rural Paws" would allow rural animals to be treated in their own communities.

1,100 ANIMAL EVERY YEAR The grant will fund the Simon Greer Spay/Neuter clinic for three years, and Counts is both optimistic about it, and invested in its success. “In terms of South Carolina, we hadn’t seen any other organizations that are as strong and have the infrastructures Charleston Animal Society does and they came to the table with a plan to address the rural issues. That’s why we chose them. We haven’t seen anything like it.” The goal is to touch the lives of 1,100 rural animals every year, and the first official event took place in June. “This is not a ‘one and done’ kind of program,” said Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach Aldwin Roman. “These communities will see us time and time again over the next three years.” So, as you drive our country roads from McClellanville to Edisto Island, from Awendaw to Johns Island, from Wadmalaw Island to Hollywood, from Ravenel, Meggett, and Adams Run to Rockville – be on the lookout for “Simon’s Rig” and give a honk of support for this amazing new program made possible with the help of the WaterShed Animal Fund.



BY ELLIE WHITCOMB PAYNE PHOTOS BY ELLIE WHITCOMB PAYNE Travel 13 miles off the beaten path through Wadmalaw Island and you’ll find a hidden treasure. Here, scientists work to fulfill the mission of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, “to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."


ver a century ago, a prehistoric sea creature ruled the Edisto riverbed. Thousands of spawning Atlantic sturgeon were estimated to visit the river each spring, leaving over a million eggs for fertilization. Despite the impressive reproduction ability of the Atlantic sturgeon, this creature, an animal thought to have known the dinosaurs, is barely hanging on to existence in the south Atlantic. While mankind is believed to be the greatest threat to this species, four scientists on Wadmalaw Island may be their best hope. The Bears Bluff Fish Hatchery, funded through the U.S. Department of Interior, focuses on species flagged by the Endangered Species Act, or those at risk of endangerment. In 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service identified the Atlantic sturgeon as an endangered species after over-fishing led to a marked decline in segments of the population. Manager James Henne and his small team study the Atlantic sturgeon’s biology and behavior to find ways to reverse this reality. Two brooding pair, wild-caught, spawned the entire stock at Bears Bluff. They’re large—about 200 lbs.—and are still considered



Fishery Biologist Gena Lyons shows off one of the Hatchery's Atlantic Sturgeon.

young adults. At a lifespan of 60 years, Atlantic sturgeon can grow to 800 lbs. Nearly 1,000 younger sturgeon live in other tanks at the facility but neither these fish, nor future babies, will be released in the wild. So, what’s the point? In captivity, Henne explains, techniques can be tested without harming wild populations. Plus, it’s more controlled and easier for training. Bears Bluff is the only national facility successful at spawning the sturgeon. The fish raised here help scientists all over the country. “We have distributed over 15,000 eggs and fish to ten federal facilities, two state facilities, and three universities,” says Henne. The hatchery has sent fish as far as Missouri and Maine.

Photo Credit USFWS Staff


(L) Bears Bluff Manager James Henne with baby sturgeon. (Below) Atlantic Sturgeon can grow to 800 lbs.

ENDING EXTINCTION Extinction prevention might be the best way to sum up the work at the hatchery—a goal, in Henne’s opinion, important to most Americans. “Even though they might not have known what [sturgeon] were 15 minutes ago, [visitors] don't want their children to grow up in a world with one more species lost forever.” He continues, adding that if scientists can increase population levels so the animals can be sustainably fished, “theoretically there could be a harvest to provide jobs for local people and a source for locally harvested food.”

Photo Credit USFWS Staff

FISHERMEN’S FAVORITES HATCHED AT BEARS BLUFF At dusk on April 30, the Bears Bluff team set out to find a spawning American shad. The goal: to bring eggs back to the refuge to hatch. A popular sport fish, shad numbers in the wild appear to be dwindling. Scientists are not sure why the population numbers are depressed, but a theory suggests the eggs are not surviving the larval stage. A visitor in late spring would be lucky to see American shad, which only live at the hatchery for a few days. After 24 hours in the high-tech incubation systems, the eggs mature. Look closely and you will see tiny, almost transparent, young fry swimming towards the UV light. From here, they flow naturally into another tank and can then be taken back to the river. Henne says it’s important to get the babies back to their home early on. “Adult shad live in the ocean, but they migrate to the river to spawn—the very same river where they were born! We don’t know when this imprinting occurs, but we can’t take the chance of missing it.” The hatchery will continue to study local shad over the next several years to see if this head start will impact the wild population. Other fish under the scope of Bears Bluff include Cobia and Bonnethead shark. Red Drum, another prized catch, are cultured in one of the six ponds at the site, then released to help keep rivers stocked. The newest program underway will focus on a threatened mussel species called the Savannah Lilliput.

Oyster Recycling: Oyster shells can be recycled at the hatchery, where they are used to build up eroding banks.

PLAN A VISIT Visitors are welcome to see the beautiful grounds and the good work of Bears Bluff Fish Hatchery during working hours Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 4pm. The facility is located at 7030 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487.



SUMMER:: Boating



WHETHER YOUR PUP IS A SEASONED sailor, or setting out for his maiden voyage, check these 8 boating must-haves off your list for a safer, more comfortable excursion. “Know your boat, know yourself,” says Lt. J.B. Zorn with USCG Sector Charleston. “Pets’ needs are not that different than people’s. Plan for extra food, water, and medications and always check the weather.”

3 SUN PROTECTION Dogs can get sun damage too! Read about the locally owned Solardogz (pg. 35) to find out how to block those rays.

1 LIFE JACKET Zorn urges boaters to use USCG approved life jackets, properly fitted for all those on board, including pets.

5 PUPPY PADS Not planning on beaching your boat? Make sure your dog has a spot to relieve himself. And if you do disembark, don’t forget the poop bags!

2 LEASH Even if you don’t usually use a leash, having one on hand is a must for the boat landing and in case of emergency.


4 PAW PROTECTORS The boat and surrounding beaches can get pretty hot in the summer sun. Consider booties to protect those paws.

6 RAMP/LADDER If you can’t carry your dog, you may want to get a ramp to help him board. A slip-resistant

ladder would be a nice bonus if your pup likes to swim. 7 SHADE If your boat lacks a canopy and has a little room, pack some shade for Fido. Small covered beds and tents are light-weight and can provide much needed relief. 8 A PLAN What would you do if your dog falls overboard? What if a thunderstorm arises? Think ahead about potential scenarios and how they could impact your passengers and pets. Most importantly, says Zorn, tell a trusted person your intentions for boating that day. “Filing a float plan takes the search out of search and rescue,” says Zorn.



PEOPLE & PETS:: Homeless Reunion!

After four months apart, Bronx couldn't wait to show how much he missed his Daddy, Adam Gibson.

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struggling to make ends meet, with a pet dog or cat by their side,” said Stacey Denaux, CEO of One80 Place. “We knew we could help Adam, if we could find a way to keep Bronx safe until Adam was back on his feet.”


Enter Charleston Animal Society One80 Place reached out to Charleston Animal Society and their Senior Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach Aldwin Roman agreed to help in any way he could. The problem was, Gibson was hesitant to turn Bronx over to anyone. It was a separation he wasn’t sure he could handle. “I didn't press Adam anymore. I could tell there was no swaying him. I made sure he had my number and told him our offer stands, just call me when you need us,”


ears were flowing as Bronx saw his Daddy for the first time in more than four months. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Adam Gibson, as he was reunited with Bronx, his 4-year-old Staffordshire mix. The public reunion took place on May 17 inside a play yard at Charleston Animal Society. But the road to get there was long and difficult for Gibson and his fiancée Michelle Walker. Late last year, both found themselves homeless, living in the woods in West Ashley with Bronx. Help was available through Charleston’s Homeless Shelter One80 Place, but the shelter is unable to accept animals – and Gibson is committed to never giving up on Bronx. “We often see homeless people who are

(L-R): Charleston Animal Society Outreach Specialists Conor Thompson and Kristin Kifer, Michelle Walker, Adam Gibson (with Bronx), Katie Smith with One80 Place and Feline Freedom Sanctuary Caretakers Christine Brugge and MariClaire Lake.

Roman said. “Adam would rather sleep in a tent in the woods than risk losing his dog. Bronx was family and family sticks together.” Time marched on and a snowstorm in January really wore Gibson down. Although hesitant, he finally called Roman, ready to go with the plan. “He couldn't do right by his dog if he didn't get back on his feet. He was doing this for Bronx and for himself, in that order,” said Roman. Life Among Cats On January 16, Gibson handed over Bronx’s leash to Conor Thompson, one of the Society’s outreach specialists. “It was very emotional for him and we had to reassure him that we would take good care of Bronx,” said Thompson. An immediate challenge for Charleston Animal Society’s staff was that Bronx was not used to being in an indoor kennel and was very stressed at the shelter. The solution? Life among cats. Roman facilitated Bronx going to Feline Freedom Sanctuary, the outdoor facility for cats run by Charleston Animal Society, where Bronx would have a large yard to run around in. Christine Brugge, manager at Feline Freedom Sanctuary, said that there was only one other dog there and the staff loved doting on Bronx.

Moving Forward As he focused on getting his life together with the help of One80 Place, there were several times Gibson wanted to come get his dog. He worried that Bronx would not remember him, or worse, he would be given away. Roman reassured Gibson with weekly photos. “I told him it's beyond clear how much this dog means to you. He isn't going anywhere as long as he is with us. He's safe until he's back with you,” said Roman. To give Gibson one less thing to worry about, Bronx, who was heartworm positive, was treated for heartworms. Gibson said that when he was struggling to make it through his eight-hour shift at work, Bronx was always an inspiration in the back of his mind. The Reunion It was a picture-perfect day as staff from Charleston Animal Society surrounded the main play yard. Inside, media from across Charleston crowded into the play yard to get photos and video of Bronx, who was excited about the attention, but wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about. Then, through the double gates of the play yard, came a familiar voice calling Bronx’ name. Suddenly it seemed as though time stopped and there was only Bronx and Gibson. Bronx ran to greet his Daddy

Bronx wore a smile all day after his big reunion

and there were lots of hugs. Around the edge of the play yard, the staff of Charleston Animal Society and One80 Place couldn’t hold back tears of happiness for this amazing reunion. A few days after the reunion, Gibson and his fiancée Walker moved into their own place with a yard for Bronx. “Some family members said you can always get another dog. But that boy is my heart,” Gibson said. “There was no doubt that Bronx was Adam's biggest motivator,” said Roman. “Adam and Bronx inspire me every day. Charleston Animal Society is so fortunate to have had the opportunity to help this wonderful family.” SUMMER 2018 | CAROLINA TAILS






The Charleston Audubon Society held its annual Spring Bird Count on May 6 to collect data on wild birds that can be seen all around us. Within a 15-mile radius of Charleston, novice and experienced birders reported sightings of the tufted titmouse, pine warblers, plovers, woodpeckers and more. The Audubon Society estimates the tally to be around 146 species. We have linked details of the count at our website If you want to get in on the action, Danielle Motley of Mount Pleasant’s Wild Birds Unlimited says you can set yourself up for success with the right kind of bird food and feeders. 18 CAROLINA TAILS | SUMMER 2018


MOST VARIETY The Wild Bird Unlimited Open Tray Feeder is built to hold most food types, making it easy to change what you’re feeding to attract varieties.

BEST UP-CLOSE VIEWING The Wild Birds Unlimited Window Bird Feeder is a great gift for children’s birthdays, says Motley. It comes with a lifetime warranty and the suction cups are small and don’t hinder the view of birds.

The Pagoda High Perch Hummingbird Feeder has a raised perch suited for tiny birds. The built-in ant moat and nectar guard tips make it ant- and bee-proof, and the red color means no need for food coloring. TOP PICKS FOR BIRD FOOD: FOR PAINTED BUNTING The blue, red, and green plumage make this species a favorite with enthusiasts. The Caged Tube Feeder with Millet will do the trick for the shy bird, which is seen locally in spring and summer.

MOST VARIETY To attract the largest diversity of birds, pick a blend that includes shelled sunflower seeds, nuts, millet, and safflower seed.

Build a Bird-Friendly Garden Don’t just limit yourself to a feeder—your garden could be a sanctuary for local birds. Nolan Schillerstrom with Charleston Audubon Society says has an extensive Native Plant Database to help create your bird-friendly habitat. You can even be part of the national movement to get “one million native plants for birds in the ground” by tracking your efforts with the Audubon Society. Happy birding! For more bird feeder and bird food options visit our website: 2018 BIRD COUNT HIGHLIGHTS • 36 participants • 146 species • 8,687 individual birds • One species new to the count (at least since 2006) was reported, Eurasian Collared Dove. • A likely first-ever sighting of a Barred Owl on Dewees Island was also reported.



PEOPLE & PETS:: Animal Volunteer


Stevie Betros has volunteered at Dr. Dick Patrick’s veterinary practice in Charleston for 12 years.

EVERYONE KNOWS STEVIE A Special Veterinary Volunteer 20 CAROLINA TAILS | SUMMER 2018



ozens of blue plastic pill bottles spill out onto the counter. A few tumble to the floor. Stevie Betros takes off his watch, bends down and picks them up, one by one. He eyes the pulled out drawer, pulls up a chair and gets to work, meticulously stacking the small containers like dominoes until there’s no more room. It’s a tedious job, but one he clearly enjoys. He’s volunteered at the Patrick Veterinary Clinic for the past 12 years. “Stevie is a big help to us,” says Dr. Dick Patrick, co-owner of the clinic he shares with his son. He says Stevie stocks supplies, cleans the rooms, feeds the animals and helps the patients, important tasks not everyone likes to do. But Stevie does them all, and does them well. The 43-year-old has autism. STEVIE AND AUTISM “I like to organize,” Betros says as he grabs a ladder and puts a box of pill bottles back on the shelf. “Follow me.” We head down a hall into a room where dogs are kept. One whimpers and howls. “It’s okay buddy,” Betros says. He picks up something else from another shelf before heading back into the hall, where he then begins to carefully affix labels to small white bags. They’re perfectly aligned and wrinkle free. “I like to do a good job,” he says with a big grin, his glasses slipping down his nose. Betros joined the practice after his own dog, a dachshund named Brandy died, on Christmas Eve. He says it helped him heal. Born in Yonkers, New York, Betros was diagnosed with autism shortly after birth. His family moved around before settling in Charleston. He attended public and Montessori schools where he learned like other kids, just at a different pace. “I had special needs,” he says. The word “can’t” is not part of his vocabulary. Betros was a Boy Scout and has competed in Special Olympics since he was 10 years-old, everything from gymnastics, track and field, kayaking, tennis and now golf. At times he struggles for a word, but that’s common in people with Autism, a neurodevelopmental condition that effects communication and interaction with others. However, Betros is extremely personable. Just ask him.

Stevie enjoys organizing and one of his jobs is to keep pill bottles ready to go for patients’ prescriptions.

hospital, and at Bishop England High School getting water, balls, whatever is needed for the basketball teams. “I’ve been to every game and every practice,” he says. “I have about 800 jobs.” HOW SPECIAL OLYMPICS HELPS When he is not working, Betros is playing golf with Special Olympics. That’s where Shelli Davis first met Betros about 10 year ago, only then, he was into tennis. She works for Mount Pleasant’s Tennis and Therapeutic Program, partnering with Special Olympics. “He was always very focused. Focused on his form and focused on his sportsmanship,” Davis says of Betros. He’s won two gold medals in golf, including one last year at the Special Olympics North American Golf Championship in Seattle, Washington. Davis calls Betros a good role model, saying she sees in him what Special Olympics does best; it promotes independence and builds self-esteem. Best of all, she enjoys having him in her life. “You can be having a bad day,” she says, “then Stevie is like, ‘Coach Shelli,’ and is there with a big hug. It reminds you every day is a good day. ” She also confirms, yes Betros is popular! “Stevie is almost like the mayor. Everybody knows him and he’s not afraid to go talk to anybody.”

They love me for who I am. —Stevie Betros

Stevie with golf coach Phil Coffey and fellow Special Olympian Ashlyn Knight. He has participated in Special Olympics since he was 10. His events have included gymnastics, track and field, kayaking, tennis and golf.

“I’m Mr. Popular,” says Betros. “I mean it’s true.” Dr. Patrick agrees, “He doesn’t meet a stranger.” He’s outgoing, and doesn’t sit still. Betros volunteers at the veterinary clinic several days a week, but he has a paid position at MUSC where he’s worked as a lab courier for 25 years. He also volunteers at the

LIFE LESSONS Dr. Patrick chuckles about the mayor comparison, “I think that’s pretty close. I’m just not sure what town.” He can’t say enough good things about Betros, who paints and builds birdhouses in his spare time. He even sails after his shift is done. “He thoroughly embraces life,” says Dr. Patrick. Betros does live in the moment, present and focused. He’s back organizing those pill bottle drawers. He takes off his watch again. A woman working next to him says he creatively arranges those little blue bottles and their caps in different patterns each time. She says it’s a nice surprise. Betros nods in agreement without looking up. “They treat me right,” he says. “They love me for who I am.”








o rats laugh? Researcher and Neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp concluded, after 30 years of observing rats in social interactions with other rats and humans, that they do. The chirping sounds rats make were interpreted by Panksepp, wearing his sound amplifiers, as laughter. He discovered the chirping of rats indicated enhanced interactions; seductive invitations or just contented chuckling as rats socialized. They also chirped or laughed when they played or while they waited for the opportunity to play. Panksepp’s conclusions regarding rats’ laughter resulted in gales of laughter from his colleagues. This didn’t stop Dr. Panksepp. He continued experimenting and found that rats love to be tickled especially on their tummies and necks. In one experiment, one hand of a researcher stroked the rat, then the other hand was used specifically for tickling the rat. The rats always preferred the “tickle” hand. Their chirping was off the charts when researchers found their sweet spot—the napes of their necks. Panksepp, who died in 2017, was a Neuroscientist, Psychologist, Psychobiologist and an author. His most renown book, The Archeology of the Mind, explored emotions and the brain. His work with rats is recorded in several films including National Geographic’s See What Happens When You Tickle a Rat, which you can watch on YouTube.

RAT REACTIONS For many, just the mention of the word “rat” elicits a reaction of horror and repulsion. Think of poverty, sewers, filth, disease and garbage dumps and you may think of rats. However, those who have rats as pets have quite a different take on them. They find their pets clean, friendly, affectionate, easily trained and interesting. De Daltorio, Director of the Humane Education Department at Charleston Animal Society, remembers the time she had a negative reaction to the tails of rats. Now, however, she loves rats, tails and all, and the important part they play in the shelter’s Humane Education program. “They are amazing ambassadors who turn people’s opinions of rats from fear and disgust to appreciation,” Daltorio reports. Her Education Team takes the rats to schools and for visits to Charleston Animal Society’s Summer Camps for kids. “The children love them,” Daltorio continues. “While the kids sit in a big circle on the floor, back to front, the rats travel from one child’s shoulders to another.” Between outings, the home of the rats is in the Education Department at Charleston Animal Society where they are cared 24 CAROLINA TAILS | SUMMER 2018

Charleston Animal Society Summer Camper Kailey Allen enjoys a moment with Gertie, a basketball playing rat!

A rat trained to detect mines is shown working to save lives in Cambodia.

for by volunteers who clean their cages, feed and play with them. Visitors can see them at the shelter living the good life and even swimming in their own pool. (There’s no sewer for these guys!) “We just lost a lovely rat named Rizzo,” Daltorio notes. “She was so easy going. We all loved her and miss her so much. The sad thing about rats is that they only live for around three years.” Daltorio is being modest about Rizzo. Her previous owners had trained her to play basketball! HERO RATS Who knew that rats are compassionate? It doesn’t fit with their image but rats have demonstrated this quality many times to researchers. During experiments they choose to guide a fellow rat out of a maze or help one struggling in water. Their choices show that they are able to think beyond themselves even ignoring an offering of chocolate, their favorite treat, when another rat needs help. It has been postulated that rats have empathy, too. If they have had the same misfortune they are even quicker to come to the aid of a fellow rat in need. Consider some of their other talents. Giant Pouched rats (three feet long) in Africa are being trained by an international organization called APOPO to sniff out tuberculosis. They can sniff out TB bacteria in sputum samples in seven minutes while it takes the team in the Lab up to seven hours to complete the diagnosis. APOPO is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 in Belgium by Bart Weegens. His own interactions as a boy with small animals including rats convinced him that there was potential in these versatile, intelligent, trainable creatures. Rats can be trained to identify buried landmines and have been used in Cambodia, Columbia, South America and in Countries in Africa to detect these deadly explosives. Training rats is less costly than training dogs and their light weight will not set off the buried landmines. “ HeroRATS” are what APOPO calls them and several videos on YouTube demonstrate how they execute their detection work. The trained rat, wearing a harness and leash sniffs over small patches of ground searching for the smell of TNT while the handler waits nearby in safety.

For more information see the APOPO’s website: for their many projects which include the opportunity to sponsor a date night, with dinner and candlelight, for a pair of rats to promote mating. APOPO has a continuous need for more rats. You can also support the training costs for a landmine detecting rat. This allows you to name it and follow his or her life as a HeroRAT. Rats are building great résumés with their varied work experience. In the Netherlands, police have begun to use brown rats to sniff out gunshot residue in crime cases. Another job for rats is carrying computer cables through hard-to-reach places in the walls from one installer to the other. And rats are becoming popular as pets for autistic children who like their small size. Charleston Animal Society’s policy on rescuing rats is the same as for all other animals. Daltorio reported that in 2017, Charleston Animal Society rescued 100 small animals, including many rats from a hoarding case near Beaufort, SC. The recovered rats were well cared for and adopted. Among them may be a rat who will follow in the tiny footsteps of sweet Rizzo and become another “amazing ambassador.”

Researchers are studying the ability of the rat's nose to sniff out diseases like tuberculosis.

RAT FACTS: There are 60 species of rats from small rats the size of mice to rats three feet long. • Male rats are called bucks and female rats are called does. • Babies are called pups or kittens. • A group of rats is called a mischief. • Fancy rats are bred in various colors even a blue tone. • There are Manx rats that are without tails, just like the Manx cats. • Female rats can mate 500 times in a six-hour period. • Rats have excellent memories and can be trained like dogs with food rewards. • They can easily walk a tightrope using their tails for balance, making them popular performers at traveling rat circuses in the 1800s.



NO KILL MOVEMENT:: Getting There



Leaders from our state’s 46 open-admission shelters have been working together under the No Kill South Carolina umbrella to save the lives of as many animals as possible.

IMAGINE A SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE every healthy and treatable dog and cat is saved. That’s the ultimate goal of No Kill South Carolina (NKSC), an initiative of the Charleston Animal Society based on its successful No Kill Charleston model. A groundbreaking new survey made possible by the Petco Foundation shows that dream is within our grasp. NKSC collected data from South Carolina open-admission shelters – the very first time this data was compiled - and the results are exciting: over 12,000 fewer lives were lost between 2016 and 2017! Collectively, our intake decreased by 6% from 2016 to 2017, and euthanasia decreased by a whopping 30%. Open-admission shelters accept all animals in their jurisdiction and are responsible for the majority of the intakes and euthanasia. What Does the Data Mean? “No Kill South Carolina is trying to establish a baseline to see how many animals are coming through shelters in our state,” says Abigail Kamleiter, CAWA, Director of No Kill South Carolina. The findings date back two years and includes all 46 openadmission shelters in the state. When managers of the shelters first saw 26 CAROLINA TAILS | SUMMER 2018

the compiled data, Kamleiter notes, there was optimism in the air. “When we shared it with the other shelters, the mood in the room went from beaten down to, ‘Oh wow! This is doable!’ This feeling of hope has been incredibly re-energizing.” The decrease is attributed to managing intake, improving foster care, opening up adoption protocols, and returning community cats to their outdoor homes, as well as increased communication and collaboration between shelters. The statistics for dog euthanasia, in particular, came in much better than expected, “only 14% euthanasia for dogs is exciting, and we feel like we’re getting there,” Kamleiter says. The goal for this year is to eliminate euthanasia of all totally healthy dogs. Building Trust Across the State To bring No Kill South Carolina to life, shelters had to build trust in the idea—and one another. “Because open-admission shelters are the ones who primarily perform euthanasia, they feel beaten down. There’s often a lot of criticism and shelters are scared to say what they’re doing or not doing,” admits Kamleiter. “In these past two years, we’ve been trying to get people together to understand we’re not here to judge. We need

to trust each other and believe that together we can achieve No Kill South Carolina.” NKSC’s goal for this year is to save every healthy dog in South Carolina (dogs that don’t need medical or behavioral treatment), but lifesaving cannot come at the expense of humane care. So another goal is simultaneously working to raise shelter standards to ensure every sheltered animal is treated humanely. Additionally NKSC will be hosting the first ever statewide adoption event October 6-7, with the support of the Petco Foundation. Save the date! “Petco Foundation is fantastic and very, very supportive. We love them!” says Kamleiter. Shelters Seeing Success Greenville County Animal Care is one shelter that is making history with No Kill South Carolina. “Once we heard what it was all about, it was right in line with what we were trying to achieve here,” says Shelly Simmons, Division Manager since 2007. “The idea to expand that at a state level just made sense for us.” Today, GCAC is a key resource center for No Kill South Carolina, which means they have implemented life-saving programs that are necessary to build a No Kill Community. They also teach and train other organizations, shelters and agencies in their area how to apply them. Simmons and her team have done a great job reducing the number of animals that have come in. Historically, the norm for GCAC was taking in 20,000 animals a year, but when they began implementing intake diversions and other programs, they saw significant reductions—50% to be exact. Now they are down to just over 10,000 animals. “We are really excited to see how close we are,” says Simmons. “There’s this misconception that the south is so regressive in how it treats its animals and its quality of life-saving programs—and here we are saving lives. It’s inspirational and gives us that little bit of boost we need to keep going. This is a difficult job to be in. You get your heart broken a lot! So when you hear you’re that close, it keeps you going that we really can save every healthy dog in the state of South Carolina.” And that is the goal for 2018. “Once we [save every healthy dog], we feel like we can use that achievement and leverage it. Then next, we work on saving healthy cats, then treating all animals that need to be treated,” says Kamleiter. “We can do this. Together.”

LAW & ORDER:: Your Pets


ASK A LAWYER Everyone at Carolina Tails is so thankful for all of our advertisers, including our legal columnist David Aylor. Since 2016, David has made it a point to share sound legal advice regarding pets with our readers in every issue. Here is a look back at some of the best questions and answers David has provided. Please thank David when you see him for his support of our community’s animals. And as always, if you have a legal question regarding your pet, please send it to CarolinaTails@ QUESTION: I have a friend who has a very cute, small dog. I don’t want to describe the dog, because I don’t want my friend to know I’m writing this. My friend basically went online and registered her dog as a “service animal” even though she doesn’t have any medical or emotional problems. She did it so she can take her dog into restaurants and go shopping! I’m worried my friend is breaking the law, but don’t want to say anything until I’m sure. What is your advice? Can she be fined or sent to jail? -- Dawn, West Ashley DAVID AYLOR: Dawn, I've actually heard of people doing this in the past which is very disappointing. While I do not think she would go to jail, I definitely think she could face fines. Beyond that, she is creating a civil liability for herself as well if the dog was to injure someone while inside an establishment under the false premise of a service animal. 28 CAROLINA TAILS | SUMMER 2018

QUESTION: Is there a leash law for cats in North Charleston? My friend says she was stopped and told she had to put her cat on a leash, unless it was "ear-tipped." Any scoop? –"No Leash" Lisa, North Charleston DAVID AYLOR: Lisa, yes, there is a cat leash ordinance in North Charleston, and in fact, many other area municipalities have similar laws on the books. While usually not enforced, animal control officials can give you a ticket for a cat on the run. We're told that you will likely get a warning before any ticket. (Feral or free-roaming cats which are "ear tipped," signifying they have been spayed or neutered, are typically exempt from enforcement). But, the law is the law, and in North Charleston your cat must technically be on a leash if outdoors. Typically, your cat will only gain the notice of animal control if there are complaints from a neighbor, or if your cat is continuously getting into trouble around the block. Getting cited is no laughing matter. You could end up with a fine of $1,092 or spend 30 days in jail! If you are stopped, remember to be polite and respectful and make your case in court -- not on the street, where your anger could work against you.

Sec. 5-4 states that no person owning in possession of an animal shall allow the animal to stray or in any manner to run at large in or upon the property of another, if such animal is not under physical restraint or a leash so as to allow the animal to be controlled. By allowing the cat to roam freely, your neighbor runs the risk of this type of incident occurring and furthermore is in violation of the local restraint laws, which impose penalties for non-compliance.

QUESTION: My dog was bitten on the ear by another dog. The vet fees are astronomical. What can I do? – Mark, Mount Pleasant DAVID AYLOR: Mark, if the dog bite occurred on public property you can still recover. But depending on the circumstances, it could be more difficult. Your recovery would come from the owner's insurance policy. If the injury occurred at his home, you more than likely could recover from his homeowner's policy. If all else fails, you could take the owner to small claims court for the damages.

David Aylor with his son Fletcher and English Lab, Belle.

QUESTION: My dog chases cats and recently he nearly had a run-in with a cat from down the street that cut through our yard. If my dog hurts a cat on our property, who is liable for the cat's injuries? – Mark, Mount Pleasant DAVID AYLOR: Mark, you will likely not be responsible for the cat’s injuries as the cat would be trespassing on your property. Many municipalities, including Charleston, prohibit animals from running at large. Specifically, Charleston Municipal Code

If you have a legal question regarding pets, write us at and we will try and get it answered for you.




West Ashley

North Charleston

Saddleback Mobile Veterinary Service (843) 718-4299 Mobile

Air Harbor Veterinary Clinic (843) 556-5252 1925 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

Animal Hospital of North Charleston (843) 352-8404 8389 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418

All Creatures Veterinary Clinic (843) 579-0030 224 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401 Patrick Veterinary Clinic (843) 722-4470 667 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403 Charleston Harbor Veterinarians (843) 410-8290 280 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403 Olde Towne Veterinary Clinic (843) 723-1443 17 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401

Bees Ferry Veterinary Hospital (843) 769-6784 3422 Shelby Ray Ct, Charleston, SC 29414 West Ashley Veterinary Clinic (843) 571-7095 840 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407 Animal Care Center (843) 556-9993 1662 Savannah Hwy #135, Charleston, SC 29407 Animal Medical West (843) 766-7387 704 Orleans Rd, Charleston, SC 29407 Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (843) 614-8387 3484 Shelby Ray Ct, Charleston, SC 29414 VCA Charles Towne Animal Hospital (843) 571-4291 850 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407 Banfield Pet Hospital (843) 766-7724 2076 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407


Lowcountry Pet Wellness Clinic (843) 556-7387 5900 Rivers Ave, Unit D-1, North Charleston, SC 29406 Veterinary Specialty Care (843) 793-2161 3163 West Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29418 Dorchester Veterinary Hospital (843) 552-0259 5617 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418 Coastal Carolina Veterinary Specialists (843) 747-1507 3163 W Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29418 Charleston Heights Veterinary Clinic (843) 554-4361 2124 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29405 Northwoods Veterinary Clinic (843) 553-0441 8320 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406 The Animal Hospital of North Charleston (843) 608-8948 8389 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418 Banfield Pet Hospital (843) 797-4677 7620 Rivers Ave, Charleston, SC 29406



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Charleston Animal Society and Carolina Tails want to always promote the best habits for animal care possible and seeing your veterinarian regularly is key to having a happy, healthy animal.

Mount Pleasant Exotic Vet Care (843) 216-8387 814 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 East Cooper Animal Hospital (843) 884-6171 993 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Island Veterinary Care (843) 628-1941 Mobile Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital (843) 884-4921 1213 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Pet Vet Animal Hospital (843) 416-9304 307 Mill St, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Shuler Animal Hospital (843) 884-4494 1769 Highway 17 N, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Veterinary Specialty Care (843) 216-7554 985 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Advanced Animal Care of Mount Pleasant (843) 884-9838 3373 S Morgans Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry (843) 881-2242 1131 Queensborough Blvd Suite 100, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tidewater Veterinary (843) 856-7300 1964 Riviera Dr Suite G, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Animal Medical Center of Mt. Pleasant (843) 881-5858 958 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Banfield Pet Hospital (843) 971-7460 911 Houston Northcutt, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Cats Only Animal Hospital (843) 849-1661 1492 B North Highway 17, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Long Point Animal Hospital (843) 971-7701 757 Long Point Rd, #B, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Palmetto Veterinary Hospital (843) 881-9915 2443 Hwy 17 N, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 Park West Veterinary Associates Park West Veterinary Associates Simply Spay & Neuter (843) 856-9190 1054-C Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 Southeast Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Clinic (843) 849-7770 1131 Queensborough Blvd Suite 100, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Banfield Pet Hospital (843) 971-7460 (843) 388-1701 676 Long Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Isle of Palms Sandy Cove Veterinary Clinic (843) 885-6969 1521 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

James Island Folly Road Animal Hospital (843) 762-4944 1038 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412 Charleston Veterinary Care (843) 789-3222 51 Windermere Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407 Maybank Animal Hospital (843) 795-3131 1917 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412




James Island

Goose Creek

Oceanside Veterinary Clinic (843) 795-7574 1509 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

Creekside Veterinary Clinic (843) 824-8044 431-G St. James Ave, Goose Creek, SC 29445

Sea Islands Veterinary Hospital (843) 795-6477 1310 Camp Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

Mt. Holly Veterinary Clinic (843) 405-7765 113 St. James Ave, Goose Creek, SC 29445

James Island Veterinary Hospital (843)795-5295 756 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

Animal Medical Clinic of Goose Creek (843) 569-3647 102 Central Ave, Goose Creek, SC 29445

Central Veterinary Hospital (843) 851-2112 1215 Central Ave, Summerville, SC 29483

Banfield Pet Hospital (843) 406-8609 520 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

Goose Creek Veterinary Clinic (843) 553-7011 501 Redbank Rd. Goose Creek, SC 29445

Shambley Equine Clinic (843) 875-5133 122 Kay Ln, Summerville, SC 29483


Knightsville Veterinary Clinic (843) 851-7784 478 W Butternut Rd, Summerville, SC 29483

Pet Helpers Spay and Neuter Clinic (843) 302-0556 1447 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

Johns Island Angel Oak Animal Hospital (843) 559-1838 3160 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

Best Friends Animal Clinic (843) 414-7455 1000 Tanner Ford Blvd, Hanahan, SC 29410 Hanahan Veterinary Clinic (843) 744-8927 1283 Yeamans Hall Rd, Hanahan, SC 29410

Bohicket Veterinary Clinic (843) 559-3889 3472 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455


Johns Island Animal Hospital (843) 559-9697 1769 Main Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455

College Park Road Veterinary Clinic (843) 797-1493 186 College Park Rd, Ladson, SC 29456

Riverbank Veterinary Clinic (843) 277-2250 2814 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

Moncks Corner

Southside Animal Hospital (843) 556-6969 3642 Savannah Hwy Suite 176 West Ashley Place, Johns Island, SC 29455 Sun Dog Cat Moon (843) 437-0063 2908 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

Daniel Island Daniel Island Animal Hospital (843) 881-7228 291 Seven Farms Dr, Daniel Island, SC 29492 Lowcountry Home Vet (843) 406-2997 Mobile


Lowcountry Pet Hospice and Home Euthanasia (843) 640-9755 Mobile

Summerville Sangaree Animal Hospital (843) 494-5121 1665-A N Main St, Summerville, SC 29486 Sangaree Animal Hospital at Cane Bay (843) 494-5121 1724 State Rd, Unit 5D, Summerville SC 29486 Banfield Pet Hospital (843) 832-0919 470 Azalea Square Blvd, Summerville, SC 29483

Flowertown Animal Hospital (843) 875-6303 1401 Bacons Bridge Rd, Summerville, SC 29485 Westbury Veterinary Clinic (843) 873-2761 1497 W 5th North St, Summerville, SC 29483

Nemasket Veterinary Clinic (843) 871-4560 605 Miles Rd, Summerville, SC 29485 Oakbrook Veterinary Clinic (843) 871-2900 1705 Old Trolley Rd, Summerville, SC 29485 Sweetgrass Animal Hospital (843) 225-9663 9730 Dorchester Rd Suite 101, Summerville, SC 29485

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Restaurants & Dining East Bay Deli 4 Red's Icehouse 15 The Shelter Kitchen + Bar 41 Retail & Pet Stores All is Well 15 Bark n' Meow 3 Charleston Animal Society Online Retail 38 Charleston Animal Society Resale Store 22 Petco 27 Veterinary & Emergency Care Central Veterinary Hospital 9 Charleston Veterinary Referral Center 3 Oceanside Veterinary Clinic 33 Veterinary Specialty Care Inside Cover



RESCUE:: Adopt, Don’t Buy!



Take in the Lowcountry summer breezes with a new family member! Come see us at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston or visit: Dog Photography: Jeanne Taylor /; Cat Photography: Marie Rodriguez /

Hello I’m Maggie and I think I got something to say to you. It’s early July and the kids are out of school! (Any Rod Stewart fans out there?)

I’m Deloris, a beautiful orange tabby who is looking for a fresh start with a brand new family. Could that be with you?

Hello, I’m Lily and am fascinated by people and love to interact and cause a bit of mischief. Please come visit the shelter and see for yourself!

They call me Draco...and I am from the land of Catsylvania! My stay at the shelter has been quite comfy, but I think your home would suit me much better. Also, be sure to go visit some of my buddies at Pounce Cat Cafe located on Meeting Street in Downtown Charleston. All the cats there are from Charleston Animal Society!

I’m Clyde, recently promoted to GREETER at the shelter playgroups, because I’m friendly and love to play with other dogs. I’m also a snuggle bunny and I’m told I can be a bit goofy.


So I got named around Christmas and my name is a little misleading. I’m Vixen ...but I’m a boy. I love to play with other dogs and jump like a reindeer!

Hello whippersnapper. I’m George -- just a little older and a little laid back. I came out of my shell at the shelter and am now like a shadow to my people, following them everywhere for hugs and treats.


Is Your Dog Getting Too Much Sun? WHETHER IT’S RUNNING ON THE beach, sunning in the backyard, or being first mate on your boat, your dog is as vulnerable to the sun’s rays as you are. Skin damage from the sun can occur on a 30-minute walk! Dogs that are white-haired and pinkskinned, such as Bichons, Maltese, Westies and Poodles, are especially at risk. Breeds that have thin fur coats like Pit Bulls, Boxers, Greyhounds, Beagles, Labs, Dalmatians, Whippets and Jack Russells, to name only a few, are also more at risk. A hairless dog like a Chinese Crested is never safe in the sun. Danger Zones The most readily burned areas on dogs are on the top of the nose, ear tips, lips, tummies (if they like to nap on their backs) and any place where there are patches of thinning or missing fur. Dog owners should check their dogs for skin damage by looking for reddened skin, red and purple spots, blisters, bumps and lumps. Take your dog to your veterinarian if any of these signs appear. Boating and beach people who take their dogs with them for a day on the water should be on alert. While coating themselves


and their children with SPF, they may forget that their dogs need sun protection as well. One Lowcountry Woman’s Solution There are several products on the market made for protecting dogs from the sun. One is a product called Solardogz, designed by a Mount Pleasant resident named Mary Lou Scott. Scott grew up on Long Island and has been sailing since she was seven. Through the years she observed surfers and sailboat racers wearing rash-guard shirts to protect themselves from the elements, but the dogs accompanying them had no protection at all. While sailboat racing in the Caribbean she thought, why not use the same material for dogs? Thinking about the idea was one thing, but doing it is something else. Mary Lou was living and working in New York City at the time when she got serious about creating a product to protect dogs. “I said to myself, ‘Let’s start a business we know nothing about!’” she laughs, while recounting the process. “I researched. I made lists. I thought about it all the time. I finally found a woman in Brooklyn in the fashion industry [Project Runway] who was

willing to work with me.” Five years later, in 2014, her idea became a reality. The Solardogz T-shirt was born with a slogan of “We’ve Got Your Dogz Covered!” The product is a stretchable T-shirt made of rash guard fabric in sizes that will fit small and medium-sized dogs. She will soon offer sizes to fit dogs up to 100 pounds. Scott wants to continue keeping production here in the United States and has plans to “go green” in the future. She reported she has found a supplier who will make the SPF fabric out of plastic bottles. Whenever Scott is boating on the water and sees unprotected dogs in the sun, she likes to educate their owners by yelling over to them as the boats go pass. “I tell them they need to protect their dogs from sunburn and skin cancer,” she says. “I am a hopeless dog lover.” Solardogz T-shirts are made from a fourway stretch fabric, called rash-guard. They are easy pull-on and off, lightweight, washable and quick-dry and most importantly they have an SPF factor of 50. They can be ordered from Solardogz website ( or purchased from Hairy Winston’s Pet Boutique at Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant.



PEOPLE & PLACES:: Lowcountry



Between all those Spring showers, Lowcountry residents managed to have a lot of fun with their pets and for our animals! Whether it was the Par for Pets Golf Tournament or the unveiling of the Police Memorial Bench at Charleston Animal Society, our Around Town photographers caught all the action.

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess addresses the crowd at the dedication of a police memorial bench at Charleston Animal Society in May. Photo: Jeanne Taylor.

Ava Hart gets in some practice fostering a kitten at the Charleston Animal Society Kitten & Puppy Shower May 6th. Photo: Marie Rodriguez.

The K9 Team from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office poses near the new police memorial bench that was dedicated at Charleston Animal Society in May. Photo: Jeanne Taylor.


Jeff Casterline, Mick Jewell, Josh Hayes and Darren Woodard all dreamed of making the hole-in-one to win this beautiful vehicle from Hendrick BMW at the Par for Pets golf tournament April 30th at the Kiawah River Course. Photo: Caitlin Lee.

The winning team at the Par for Pets Golf Tournament included Thomas Slaughter, Chuck Slaughter and Geoff Stearns (missing is Chuck Slaughter, Jr.). The tournament was held at the Kiawah River Course. Photo: Caitlin Lee.

Betsey Albert, Louise Talbot, Ginny Moore and Cynnie Kellogg showed up to support the animals at the Par for Pets golf tournament at the beautiful Kiawah's River Course April 30th.

Ashlee Rosado, Hayley Walker, & Mary Beth Dew design their own cat ears at the Charleston Animal Society Kitten & Puppy Shower on May 6th. Photo: Marie Rodriguez.

Mary Ann Radke with Audubon South Carolina greets dog owners visiting the beach at Harbor Island. Audubon SC and Charleston Animal Society are urging dog owners to keep their dogs from running through flocks of birds. Photo: Peggy Lucas.

Joella Kerr balances a kitten and spins the wheel to win a prize at the May 6th Kitten and Puppy Shower for fosters at Charleston Animal Society. Photo: Marie Rodriguez.

"Helping Hands for Rural Paws" was announced May 30th at Charleston Animal Society. (LR): Board Member Louise Palmer, State Rep. Bill Crosby, CEO Joe Elmore, State Rep. Robert Brown, Outreach Specialist Kristin Kifer with Rose, Outreach Director Aldwin Roman, Board Treasurer Laurel Greer and Board President Hank Greer. Photo: Jeanne Taylor.

This golfer was flipping out over all the fun at the first annual Par for Pets golf tournament benefiting Charleston Animal Society April 30th at the Kiawah River Course. Photo: Caitlin Lee.







Kids are some of the best animal advocates so we’ve devoted this space to young pet lovers.



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