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Greenville Humane Society opened its doors in 1937 as the South Carolina Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SCSPCA). Over the years we have helped unite over 250,000 people in the Upstate with previously unwanted animals.

No-Kill Facility

The Greenville Humane Society is a no-kill humane facility. We treat all animals in our Adoption Center like any loving pet owner would. We do not euthanize animals due to capacity limits at our facility or the length of an animal’s stay. All animals in the Greenville Humane Society Adoption Center remain on our floor until they are adopted.

The Greenville Humane Society follows the ASPCA’s guidelines on euthanasia. It is to be resorted to only when necessary in sparing an animal further hardship and suffering. Occasionally an animal will require euthanasia if it is determined to be too sick to recover to a life of quality, or if its aggressive behavior is a danger to human safety. The Greenville Humane Society is dedicated to providing a loving home for each and every animal that comes through our doors.

Key Facts

  • Founded in 1937
  • Mission: To support, enrich and improve the community by serving as an advocate for the safety and well-being of all animals
  • 25,000 animals and more than 60,000 people served per year
  • Greenville’s largest no-kill facility
  • Private, not-for-profit organization with operating budget of $1.9 million
  • No funding received from the United Way, Greenville County, the State of South Carolina, or any national animal welfare entity.

Sources of Funding

As a non-profit organization that receives no United Way or government funding, the Greenville Humane Society is completely dependent on contributions from the public and private sector. Contributions are tax-deductible. You can view financial statements (IRS Form 990 and Audited Financials) of previous years here.
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