Spay / Neuter Week Assists Animal Shelters During Veterinarian Shortage

Last week 4 veterinarians from Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and one veterinarian technician from Pennsylvania joined forces with No Kill South Carolina 2024 to aid animal shelters and rescue organizations across the state with the ongoing veterinary shortage. The national veterinary shortage has created a severe backlog of homeless animals in animal shelters who cannot be adopted until they are spayed or neutered.

Charleston Animal Society covered all travel expenses and licensing for the veterinary staff who traveled from out of state to help. Our Outreach, Emergency Response and No Kill South Carolina teams deployed to the following organizations:

  • Anderson County PAWS
  • Berkeley Animal Center
  • Colleton County Animal Services
  • Dorchester Paws
  • Grand Strand Humane Society
  • Humane Society of Marlboro County
  • Jasper Animal Rescue Mission
  • Pawmetto Lifeline

Together, the deployed teams completed a grand total of 447 spay / neuter surgeries. An impressive 151 of these surgeries took place in Charleston Animal Society’s Simon’s Rig Mobile Veterinary Clinic.

In November, No Kill South Carolina, along with veterinarians and veterinary technicians from 3 different states completed 239 surgeries in the first ever Spay / Neuter Week.

Veterinarians who would like to help with this effort in the future are urged to contact the No Kill South Carolina 2024 team by emailing Abigail Appleton at Veterinarians are paid for their services.