Charleston Area Animal Shelter Closes After Years of Financial Turmoil | New


One of the fastest growing counties in the country will have one less animal rescue center when the Doc Williams SPCA is closed this weekend.

The no-kill animal shelter at 2673 S. Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner will close on Saturday because it runs out of money, officials said.

The Doc Williams Sterilization and Sterilization Clinic at 107 St. James Avenue in Goose Creek will remain open.

As of noon as of Tuesday, 6 cats and 16 dogs were still at the Berkeley County shelter awaiting adoption. At full capacity, the refuge could hold 200 animals.

“The audience has been tremendous in their support,” said volunteer Martha Dunlap, who acts as spokesperson for the shelter.

Although other shelters have offered to take dogs or cats that are not adopted, “It’s stressful for these animals to move from shelter to shelter,” she said. “We want them in a permanent home.”

The shelter is also asking for volunteers to help it in its last days. The staff of 14 part-time and full-time employees has shrunk to just five.

The shelter also sells all of its equipment and supplies, including pet crates, still-in-the-box binders, grids and more.

“We need good fundraising,” Dunlap said. “We need more people. We just haven’t received the financial contributions.

According to the latest figures available, the group’s 2016 financial report filed with the office of Secretary of State Doc Williams had total revenue of $ 1,037,928 that year. Program expenses were $ 787,721 and net assets were $ 285,265.

But at the end of the year, Berkeley County Council hesitated when the SPCA asked the county to increase its monthly contribution from $ 22,083 to $ 35,000 and the two paths went their separate ways.

The county owned the metal building at 502 Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corner, which it still maintains as the Berkeley County Animal Center.

This is not the first time that Doc Williams has had problems.

Center Director Bonnie Roberts transports Winnie to the Doc Williams SPCA Adoption Center in Moncks Corner. To file

In August 2012.

The agency was fined $ 8,000 in 2011 for failing to maintain its registration with the Secretary of State’s Division of Public Charities and for failing to file annual financial reports dating back to 2007. In 2012, she had accumulated fines of over $ 4,500.

The petition sought to prevent the group from accepting donations until the fines were paid.

Doc Williams is currently in compliance with the charitable fundraising law, the secretary of state’s office said. He did not violate the terms of the voluntary compliance assurance that he accepted in October 2012.

In October 2015, after the historic flooding, the shelter found itself in dire straits again as raw sewage pooled in the dog enclosures and rain buckets poured through the roof. To make matters worse, its usual pet population of 200 has doubled as residents who fled their homes returned their pets.

The county came to the rescue of the shelter, taking $ 37,500 from its balance of funds to help Doc Williams buy drugs, vaccines and other supplies.

From now on, the center relies on the public to help it.

“December is a month for people to give, and we ask them to consider giving to Doc Williams,” Dunlap said.

It does not exclude a reopening in the future.

“I would like that to happen,” she said. “The facility is beautiful, but we have a lot of regrouping to do.

The refuge will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until Saturday.

All animals were vaccinated and sterilized or sterilized. The cost to adopt dogs is currently $ 75 or less and cats $ 65 or less.

Contact Brenda Rindge at 843-937-5713. Follow her on Twitter @brindge.


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