Charleston Animal Society Names Colleton County Shelter Animal Organization of the Year

Left to right: Elena Strauman, FoCCAS VP of Shelter Affairs; Reginald McNeil, CCAEC Director; Abigail Kamleiter, No Kill South Carolina Director; Laura Clark, CCAEC Shelter Manager; Pearl Sutton, Barbara Bryant, Charleston Animal Society; Becca Boronat, No Kill South Carolina Project Manager

Colleton County Animal & Environmental Control (CCAEC) was named the 2018 No Kill South Carolina Organization of the Year. CCAEC best embodies the lifesaving and collaborative, positive values of No Kill South Carolina (NKSC), a program of Charleston Animal Society.

Petco Foundation funds No Kill South Carolina, a groundbreaking initiative to save all healthy and treatable dogs and cats in shelters across South Carolina. The initiative was inspired by the success of Charleston Animal Society’s No Kill Charleston initiative, which built the first No Kill Community in the Southeast.

2018 has been a banner year in Colleton County – they made great strides in lifesaving, humane care, care of community cats, bringing in new funders, trying new adoption and foster strategies, and working with other agencies. According to Laura Clark, CCAEC Shelter Manager, “We have increased our live release rate from 11% to 80% over the past few years with the support of Friends of Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS), administration and our community.”

“Their leadership is bold, they are willing to try new things, and their community should be very proud,” said No Kill South Carolina Project Director Abigail Kamleiter. “Colleton County residents should be proud of your excellent animal shelter and the lifesaving progress you’ve made in your community.”

CCAEC was one of 50 locations that participated in Pick Me! SC, South Carolina’s first-ever statewide adoption event, which was organized by Charleston Animal Society. CCAEC adopted more pets in one weekend than they usually do in a month!

The award was presented in November at the Carolinas Unite Conference in Myrtle Beach, a gathering of animal care agencies and shelters from across South and North Carolina.

No Kill South Carolina is a program of Charleston Animal Society, that includes more than 90 participating shelters and rescues. The goal of No Kill South Carolina is to save every healthy and treatable dog and cat in South Carolina by sharing lifesaving strategies and resources among all participating


  1. Janet Sieg on December 20, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Thank You so much!!! What a remarkable group you are and I am very happy to hear this

  2. Jackie Kyles on December 20, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Great job Colleton County!!!! You people are ROCKIN IT!!!

  3. Walton Salley on December 20, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Outstanding work Laura Clark and staff… one is more deserving!!

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