PARTY WITH THE ANIMALS!

Looking for the purrfect spot to host a birthday party for your animal loving child? Our unique party packages are filled with cute animals and meaningful moments! Check out our pawty options below!

Individual Exclusive Shelter Experience

  • For the birthday child + 1-2 chaperones (no additional guests permitted)
  • 1 hour of quality one-on-one interactions with shelter animals including dogs, cats, bunnies, and more!
  • Birthday child receives a bag with birthday gifts including a tshirt, stuffed animal, and goodie bag
  • Birthday child gets to name a shelter animal
  • Ages 5 years and older only

COST: $100 for Monday-Thursday bookings, $125 for Friday-Sunday bookings

Hip Hop Hooray

  • Limited to 10 total guests including birthday child (adults welcome; not included as guests)
  • Party is 1 hour in length including:
    • 30 minutes facilitated by CAS education staff member:
      • Game
      • Craft
      • Interact with 1-2 shelter animals
    • Additional half hour to use the party room as you please (i.e. cake, pizza, presents, etc.)
  • Birthday child receives a bag with birthday gifts including a tshirt, stuffed animal, and goodie bag
  • All guests receive goodie bags
  • Birthday child gets to name a shelter animal
  • For children ages 5 years and older only

COST: $250 for Monday-Thursday bookings, $275 for Friday-Sunday bookings

Add-ons available:

  • Additional guests (up to 15 total)- $25 per person
  • Stuffed animal adoption for all party guests- $15 per person

Party with a Purpose

  • Limited to 10 total guests including adults and birthday child
  • Party is 1.5 hours in length including:
    • 1 hour facilitated by CAS education staff member:
      • Tour behind-the-scenes areas of the shelter
      • Participate in a volunteer activity (such as making toys or treats)
      • Interact with 2-3 shelter animals
    • Additional half hour to use the party room as you please (i.e. cake, pizza, presents, etc.)
  • Birthday child receives a bag with birthday gifts including a tshirt, stuffed animal, and goodie bag
  • All guests receive goodie bags
  • Birthday child gets to name a shelter animal
  • For children ages 8 years and older only

COST: $300 for Monday-Thursday bookings, $325 for Friday-Sunday bookings
Add-ons available:

  • Additional guests (up to 15 total)- $25 per person
  • Stuffed animal adoption for all party guests- $15 per person

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do some packages include parents as guests and others do not?

Our Hip Hop Hooray package, designed for younger children, takes place solely in our Education Room.  This room has ample space for parents to stay and enjoy the party.  Our Party with a Purpose package is longer in length, and includes movement throughout the entire shelter.  Many of the rooms we go into are much smaller than our Education Room and cannot hold more than 15 people in total.  For this reason, every guest will be counted in the total for the Party with a Purpose package.

Will there be puppies and kittens?

As an animal shelter, Charleston Animal Society’s population is constantly changing and cannot be predicted at the time of booking.  While puppies and kittens can make great party guests, we cannot guarantee their availability.  That being said, we always have an abundance of animals to make your child’s party a success!

Are children under the age of 5 able to attend CAS birthday parties?

For safety and liability reasons, our party packages are designed for children ages 5 and up exclusively.  Exceptions will be made only for the birthday child’s younger siblings, who will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entirety of the party.  These guests will not be able to participate in all of the party activities.

What should guests wear?

For the safety of all individuals interacting with animals, we highly recommend long pants and closed-toe shoes.  During animal interactions and enrichment building there is a chance clothes may get dirty, so please keep that in mind when selecting your outfit.

What should guests bring with them?

At time of booking, a participation waiver will be sent via email.  A signed waiver for each party participant will be required at the start of your scheduled birthday party.  This waiver can also be accessed here.

Can I bring my own decorations?

Of course!  You are welcome to bring whatever decorations you would like.  As a reminder, you will only be permitted into the room 15 minutes prior to the start of your party, and all decorations must be taken down promptly at the end of your scheduled time.

What is the room set-up?

Tables, chairs, and birthday-themed tablecloths will be set up prior to your party.  The party room has an attached kitchen with a sink, refrigerator, ice machine, and trash and recycling bins.  If you have questions about the room or would like to visit the shelter to view the space, please contact Kylie at kwiest@charlestonanimalsociety.org.

How early can I arrive to set up for my child’s party?

The birthday child’s family is welcome into our Education Room for setup 15 minutes prior to the start of your party.  Due to a busy schedule and other program bookings, unfortunately you will not have access to the room more than 15 minutes before your party.

What happens at the end of the party?

Due to a busy schedule and other program bookings, we require all guests to leave the room promptly at the end of the party.  Lack of adherence to this policy may result in a $50 late fee. The remainder of the party fee (minus the deposit) will be taken at the end of the party.  We can accept cash, card, or check for payment.

Can I bring donations to Charleston Animal Society for my birthday party?

Absolutely! While donations are certainly not required or expected, we often have birthday children ask for donations for the animals for their birthday. If you’d like to view our shelter wishlist, visit https://charlestonanimalsociety.org/wish-lists/. Kind kids who go above and beyond will also be featured on our Kind Kids Spotlight page.

What do I need to do to reserve a birthday party package?

To book a birthday party, please contact Kylie at kwiest@charlestonanimalsociety.org or (843) 329-0771.  At the time of booking, we require a $100 non-refundable deposit.

How far in advance do I need to book a birthday party?

While we can sometimes accommodate last minute requests, we recommend scheduling your party at least a few weeks in advance.  Due to the popularity of our birthday parties, some dates may be booked months in advance.

For additional questions, contact Kylie at kwiest@charlestonanimalsociety.org or (843) 329-0771