WHO WE AREMISSION
Pet Helpers’ is a 501(c)3 Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic that serves communities across the Lowcountry. Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animal-cruelty prosecution; and initiating animal-welfare legislation.
Forty years ago, Carol Linville was highly discouraged by what she saw in the animal welfare system here in the Lowcountry. Everyone seemed to be content with the inhumane treatment of companion animals and their unusually high euthanasia rate. Carol refused to accept the situation and with that, Pet Helpers was formed to change the status quo; transforming the Charleston community into one where every lost, abandoned, or abused pet gets a second chance in life.
She began rescuing dogs and cats from “high-kill” shelters and keeping them in her own home or business or placing them temporarily with friends until permanent homes could be found. In 1983, Pet Helpers moved into a renovated house on Folly Road on James Island and became the Lowcountry’s first No Kill rescue and adoption center.
Because of Carol’s dedication, passion, and energy, along with the generous support of so many volunteers and donors, Pet Helpers was able to grow and develop. Besides rescuing and adopting animals to loving families, Pet Helpers expanded its services to assist the authorities with animal cruelty cases, provide animal care education, and working to reduce the pet overpopulation problem.
Ten years ago, Carol’s dream became a reality when the 14,000 square foot Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic was built at 1447 Folly Road. In addition, Pet Helpers once again created programs including building fences to “unchain” dogs in Charleston, providing acute medical care assistance to shelter animals, assisting low-income families through the pet food bank, providing spay neuter services for rescue groups and feral cat colonies, and to offering low- cost vaccine clinics.
In 1978, Carol’s belief that euthanasia was not the solution to the pet overpopulation problem was considered crazy and unrealistic. But Charleston has come a long way since 1978 when approximately 20% of pets made it out alive from Charleston’s animal control system. Today, the concept of a no-kill shelter has been embraced by all shelters in the Lowcountry and it is only a matter of time before no adoptable animals are euthanized in the Lowcountry.