Welcome – Letter from Hank


So are you going to lace up walking shoes or running shoes on November 16th? That, of course, is the date of Paws in the Park, where you along with everyone at Charleston Animal Society will join together to break the record for the largest Pet Walk in South Carolina history!

We are so excited about Paws in the Park. I’ve seen photos of other pet walks and they look amazing, with smiling dogs and owners out in the fresh air celebrating animals. For us, this is a fundraising walk, where our goal is to raise money for Toby’s Fund, Charleston Animal Society’s medical fund.

I’m personally challenging each of us to raise at least $400. Many people are asking me why $400? The reason is that’s the cost of saving ONE life at Charleston Animal Society. When you factor in everything that goes into a rescue – the vaccinations, the medical care, the spay/neuter, the microchip and the room and board – expenses add up quickly. Signing up for Paws in the Park is easy – just go to CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/petwalk. I’m looking forward to seeing you AND your pooch at the walk.

Inside this Issue

I’m always fascinated how each of our Carolina Tails issues comes together. This time around is no different – we have a variety of topics for everyone.

First up is a look at Charleston Animal Society’s emergency response to hur- ricanes. We were tested this fall with Dorian and I couldn’t be more proud of our team. Thank you for supporting our efforts.

We also have an important health alert about rabies. The number of cases is skyrocketing and it’s a reminder for all of us to stay vigilant and take precautions when approaching a new animal (no matter how adorable) for the first time.

We also talk about dog poop. Yep, you read that right. But you won’t believe the potential damage you leave behind when you don’t scoop that poop. The impact on our beaches, lakes and rivers is tremendous, please be sure to read this.

If you’re a cat lover, like Laurel and I, you will definitely want to put your cat’s brain to the test – by following the directions on page 11. I can’t wait to try it out. We also have a beautiful cover dog, Mishka, who belongs to our dear friends Karen and Bob Siegel. They were kind enough to bid for the cover at the 2018 Gala and the article inside is their plea for everyone to consider adopting a big

dog – because while big on the outside, they’re teddy bears inside.
I hope everyone enjoys this last stretch of 2019 as fall settles in and the holidays approach. Enjoy your Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Day – and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of the support you give our animals through the gift of your home, the gift of your time and the gift of your money.

We couldn’t care for almost 20,000 animals every year without you! Sincerely,

Hank Greer, Chairman of the Board Charleston Animal Society