Charleston Animal Society named 4-star charity

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --{}Charleston Animal Society was recently named a top-rated charity organization by Charity Navigator, the nation's largest charity watchdog organization.

Charity Navigator's "4 Star" designation is reserved for charities that exceed "industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause." Charleston Animal Society is the only animal organization in South Carolina to attain this distinction.

Charleston Animal Society is the city's largest animal rescue organization, currently caring for about 90 percent of the county's unwanted, abused or abandoned animals, according to the group.{}

In 2012, the group reportedly spent over $500,000 treating animals that were ill or injured and saved nearly 75 percent of all the animals that came to the shelter.

Charleston Animal Society is also the state's largest spay/neuter provider. In 2012, its spay/neuter programs sterilized nearly 12,000 animals.

Additionally, Charleston Animal Society is South Carolina's number one adoption provider, has the state's most successful Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Return Program, a nationally recognized Veterinary Science Initiative with high school students.

Charleston Animal Society was recently was selected nonprofit of the year at the annual "Giving Back Awards" gala sponsored by Charleston Magazine and the Coastal Community Foundation.