By Teri Errico Griffis When Firefighter EMT Steven Michaels headed to work the day before Hurricane Matthew hit, he knew he would have a hand in saving the islands, local homes and possibly even lives. He never expected one of those lives would be a dog’s—or that he’d end up […]

Storm Chaser

By Helen Ravenel Hammond When an emergency happens concerning your beloved pet, every minute counts. And sometimes there are needs that go well beyond what your veterinarian can do. That’s why there is Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC), the most advanced specialty and emergency
 small animal hospital in the Southeast. Patients […]

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center

By Helen Ravenel Hammond Leapin’ Lizards! So, you think you want to get a small reptile as a pet? Dr. Katie Rainwater from Exotic Vet Care says that there quite a few things to consider before bringing a scaly companion home. Lizards are not different breeds, like dogs and cats, but […]

The Scaly on Having a Lizard as a Pet

On the surface, it might seem a recent move by the Carriage Animal Temperature and Heat Index Committee in Charleston would make things better for carriage animals. But in reality, it will make things worse. Under current law (as of December 2016), horses are only pulled from service if the temperature spikes to a sizzling 98°F […]

Are Things About to Get Worse for Carriage Horses in ...

By Ellie Whitcomb Payne It’s not proper to judge a woman by the color of her hair (insert blonde joke here), but what about our feline friends? A group of researchers recently found that coloring can in fact clue you in to the potential for aggressiveness in cats of certain […]


BY ELLIE WHITCOMB PAYNE How to toilet-train your cat—and if you should even try. A litter-less life may be a lofty aspiration for any admitted cat lover, but despite the cat’s general reputation for stubbornness, it is possible to teach our feline friends a few tricks. People everywhere are attempting […]

A Litterless life

By: Dr.  Angele Bice, Associate Director of. Public Health and Spay/Neuter Initiatives Thanks to the Charleston Animal Society, I recently experienced the opportunity of a lifetime. Students for International Veterinary Opportunities (SIVO) is an academic program and non-profit effort for veterinary students and doctors at the University of Florida—and I am […]

Local Vet Heads to Honduras on a Medical Mission

The Perfect Pet Tracking App Losing a dog is a pet owner’s biggest fear—but Whistle will be your new hero. This app allows you to create a customizable “Whistle Zone” as a safe area for your pet to visit, and all you need to do is attach the rechargeable, waterproof […]

Pet Pointers

By: Helen Ravenel Hammond It’s a girl. It’s a boy. It’s both?! That’s what Kelly and Zach Hoelz were told when they adopted “Luna” at Charleston Animal Society in August. Yep, Luna (originally named “Sally”) was a hermaphrodite, meaning he/she had both male and female reproductive organs. Dr. Lucy Fuller oversees […]

Gender Bender

By Teri Errico Photo by Tamera Parrish Dwight is no ordinary feline. Dubbed “The Cat Who Thinks He’s a Dog” for a reason, he fears no pups, chats when he wants something and loves going for walks alongside his owners. One of the most special traits of Dwight is that […]

The Cat Who Thinks He’s a Dog

The science behind a saltwater tank is a great way to let your children geek out (tech-free) this fall. Guide them to find their inner genius by helping set up a private, underwater world. Every year, 450,000 kids and adults of all ages marvel at the stunning, natural exhibits showcased […]


Years ago, at dawn and dusk every single day, dozens of cats would line the side of the street in a quiet quarter of Folly Beach. The seemingly sentinel-like stance could give a passerby pause, but the locals know this is Cat Lady territory. She can barely see over the […]

The Edge of America’s Island Cat Lady

By V.K. Hansen The enticing scurry of squirrels in the trees falls silent. That squeaky chew toy in her mouth just goes flat. But Lola, a nearly 3-year-old pit mix, doesn’t know any different. The gorgeous white, light greened-eyed dog with a brown speckled nose is deaf. “Most likely, Lola […]

For the Love of Lola

Realtor and photographer Rob Byko doesn’t worry about being in the “dog house” with his wife.  He lives there. “Our dogs are the center of our lives,” said his wife Karen Byko. Her husband laughs that the dogs even have their own line item in the budget. “Just to say […]

A Room of their Own

Moving is already stressful, exhausting and scary, and that’s just for humans! Imagine how it feels for pets who watch their world get packed into boxes, loaded into a truck and moved into a foreign world full of new smells and spaces. According to the National Council on Pet Population […]

Moving Day: Make a Plan for your Pets