Three volunteer awards were presented at Charleston Animal Society’s Volunteer Recognition Event that had the theme: “Lights, Camera, Appreciation!” Throughout the year, the hard work and dedication of volunteers saves countless animal lives. Charleston Animal Society relies greatly on our 1,200 volunteers, and in turn, the animals of our community rely greatly on their kindness.


Volunteer of the Year

The Charleston Animal Society Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to emergency response driver Terry Horton. When there is
a hurricane, cruelty case, or when a shelter is overcrowded – Charleston Animal Society is often called in to help rescue animals. Horton is one of our main volunteer drivers who has traveled 8,300 miles, taking 83 dogs and cats to better lives.


Hilton Smith, III, Leadership Award

Award was presented to Charleston Animal Society Board Member Louise Palmer. Louise is a tireless volunteer who not only gives of her time on the Board of Directors, but also helps raise thousands of dollars each year for the animals, using her personal and business contacts. Louise was the top fundraiser for this year’s Celebrity Paws in the Park event.


Foster Family Volunteer of the Year

The Foster Family Volunteer Award went to Jeff and Dede Carey. The award is presented annually to a family who has provided, time and again, the critical, round-the-clock lifesaving care required by the most vulnerable of animals. Dozens of animals have benefitted from the hard work of this year’s recipients.