NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Animal Society is waiving adoption fees on adult dogs and cats through Sunday after exceeding its capacity.
The organization made an urgent plea to the community Wednesday to make room for one more pet.
"In the past few weeks, we have been flooded with a summer surge of dogs and cats," Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Animal Services Pearl Sutton said.
The facility, located at 2455 Remount Road, is built to house 230 animals but has almost 600 animals in the system as of Wednesday, according to a release. Most of those animals have been placed in foster homes.
In addition to free adoptions of adult dogs and cats, kitten adoptions will be half-price.
"The fact that this is the first time all year we have had to launch our 'Cat Signal' up into the sky for help is a true testament to the Greater Charleston area as a community," Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore said. "We have made it through the majority of the year with a steady flow of adoptions, but right now we really need people to make room for one more."
Dogs and cats come spayed or neutered, with all shots and a microchip. And if you adopt an adult cat by Sunday, you will receive a CD with specially orchestrated music designed for cats listening enjoyment.
"The overcrowding is a critical situation for us," Elmore said, "we don't take asking for help like this lightly, and only do so if we are in a crisis."
Elmore said those who wish to help but cannot adopt should ask about "Operation Whiskers" at (843) 329-1577, where you can foster one of our animals and find them a new home using your network of friends or family.