Press Releases




Date: October 26, 2016        

Charleston Animal Society’s Firefighter Calendar On Sale Now

Local Businesses Selling Calendars

 Charleston, S.C. – Charleston Animal Society’s 2017 Firefighter Calendars are on sale and selling like hot cakes. “We received almost 3,000 online pre-orders, with most going out of the state, we’re thrilled our calendar has become so popular across the country, the more we sell the more lives we can save,” said Caroline Toepperwein, Firefighter Calendar Executive Producer. Those in Charleston have more options than ordering online – save on shipping costs and purchase calendars from one of the local businesses listed below.

James Island

All Is Well

Ohlandt Veterinary Clinic


Kiawah Island



Mount Pleasant


Jacobsen Realty Group – please call with your order and their team will deliver calendars to your home or business if you are in Mt Pleasant or Daniel Island area.  Minimum of two calendars per delivery please.

Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center



North Charleston

Charleston Animal Society

Camping World


South Windermere




Grove at Seabrook Apartments


West Ashley

All Is Well

Barber & Shave Shoppe

Consign Charleston

Heron Reserve Apartments

Kia Country of Charleston

Windjammer Apartments



The 2017 Firefighter Calendar is proudly sponsored by Co-Title Sponsors are Kia Country of Charleston and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  14 of the area’s hottest firefighters and one from Ocean City, NJ are featured in the 2017 Calendar, each posing with a rescued animal, one of those being Caitlyn the dog.  All proceeds from calendar sales benefit “Toby’s Fund,” Charleston Animal Society’s Medical Fund, which treats abused, neglected and abandoned animals.  2017 Calendars and other items are always available online at  “The holidays are right around the corner, go online and have our smokin hot lifesaving calendars shipped directly to your friends and family and heat up their holidays!” said Toepperwein.


August 25, 2016


Charleston, SC –  Gumby the Hound is a one-of-a-kind dog who has won the hearts of Charleston Animal Society staff – and will soon appear in the 2017 Firefighter Calendar!  11 times, families tried to adopt this sweet, loving hound, but 11 times, he would hop a fence, or open a latch, and somehow, come running back to Charleston Animal Society.

“The staff unanimously decided that Gumby wanted to live here, so we officially adopted him as our live-in Charleston Animal Society ambassador in January,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO, Joe Elmore.  Since he settled into his new digs in the “300 section” of Charleston Animal Society, Gumby has displayed some amazing talents. The behavior team discovered that Gumby was a natural “greeter dog” for playgroups, so each day, he is the leader of the pack when it comes to training the new guys on becoming friendly, social, playful pets.

Gumby also donates blood for serum that is used to treat the eyes of kittens who are impacted by upper respiratory infections. One blood draw from a large dog could produce enough serum to treat 10 to 15 kittens! “Many people ask why we don’t use adult cats and the reason is that we don’t have a full history on the cats that come in and using serum from them could spread disease,” Dr. Angele Bice with Charleston Animal Society said. “A blood draw for a cat is very stressful on them and would only produce enough to treat one kitten.” That’s when Gumby stepped in. “He is very easy to handle and is so happy-go-lucky, that he became the perfect candidate,” Bice added.

In March, the staff started a Gumby fundraiser to get him a spot in the firefighter calendar and his modeling days were launched! “Gumby is posing with North Charleston Firefighter Adam Craft,” said Firefighter Calendar Executive Producer Caroline Toepperwein. “Gumby’s sweetness shines through in his photos, it was hard to pick the best one.”

Charleston Animal Society is taking pre-orders now for their 2017 Calendars online at  Autographed and personalized 2017 Firefighter Calendars are also available but for a limited time, only through September 15th.

The 2017 Firefighter Calendar is made possible by Co-Title Sponsors: Kia Country of Charleston and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  Since its start in 2013, more than 27,000 calendars have been sold around the world!

Source: Charleston Animal Society

August 16, 2016


Charleston, SC – Animal advocates from around the world breathed a heavy sigh of relief after learning Caitlyn’s abuser pleaded guilty on August 8th. The defendant now faces from 180 days to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000 for taping Caitlyn’s muzzle shut last year, prompting the need for emergency medical care.  On May 27, 2015, Caitlyn was found in North Charleston, with her muzzle clamped so tightly with electrical tape that her tongue had turned black. Pictures of her swollen muzzle went viral, and her story of survival drew worldwide attention and raised awareness of animal cruelty.

The Charleston Firefighter Calendar is proud to announce Caitlyn will appear in the 2017 calendar – a symbol of survival and inspiration in the continuing fight against animal abuse.

“We hope people realize that when they pre-order their calendars, they are sending a message that animal cruelty will no longer be tolerated,” said Firefighter Calendar Executive Producer Caroline Toepperwein. “People buy calendars and we are able to save lives, it’s that simple.”

Caitlyn’s story has been told on Facebook, CNN, BBC, People Magazine and other media outlets around the world. The hashtag #IamCaitlyn came to represent millions of other abused animals around the world. In the past year, Charleston Animal Society’s Anti-Cruelty Team has investigated cases across Charleston County involving dogs, cats, horses and rabbits. Charleston Animal Society also assisted in cruelty cases around the country, spearheaded by the ASPCA.

The 2017 Firefighter Calendar is made possible by Co-Title Sponsors: Kia Country of Charleston and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  Since its start in 2013, more than 27,000 calendars have been sold around the world!

WHO: 15 of the area’s hottest firefighters and Charleston Animal Society.

WHAT: 2017 Firefighter Calendar Pre-Orders

WHERE:  (pre-orders are only available online)

WHEN: Sales are underway now.

WHY: This is Charleston Animal Society’s largest fundraising project to save abused, neglected and abandoned animals.  The 2016 Firefighter Calendar project has raised over $600,000 for Toby’s Fund, Charleston Animal Society’s medical fund.

Source: Charleston Animal Society

July 28, 2016

Jersey Firefighter Muscles Way Into Calendar

Charleston, SC – Ocean City, NJ is more than 700 miles from Charleston, but that didn’t stop Ocean City Firefighter Kevin Muller from volunteering his time to appear in the 2017 Charleston Animal Society Firefighter Calendar.  “This is a chance to be a part of something so big. We don’t have anything in Jersey of a magnitude like this,” Muller said.  “I’m so proud to help Charleston save animals and stay a No Kill Community.”

After a friend sent Muller a post about the calendar on Facebook, he went on a 1600-calorie-a-day diet, hired a trainer and started working out three times a week, because as Muller said, “I got to look good for the Calendar Debut Party!”

“Kevin was one of the first to apply.  His application was quite impressive however we thought he’d made a mistake applying for our calendar in Charleston, SC.  We were pleasantly surprised to find it was no mistake and that a firefighter with his enthusiasm, from an entirely different state, would give his time and resources to help our community’s animals,” said Firefighter Calendar Executive Producer Caroline Toepperwein. “On July 27th, he accepted a $1,000 Community Grant on behalf of the Firefighter Calendar, from the Wells Fargo Bank Branch in Ocean City, New Jersey, which is just one of the ways he has helped us.” Muller also raised $4,465 during the online voting, to become a calendar model and he volunteered walking dogs at Charleston Animal Society, in between his photo shoots for the calendar!

Muller is not only a firefighter, but also an EMT in Ocean City. To participate in the calendar, he covers all of his own travel and lodging costs, because he is absolutely committed to saving lives, “I joke that I save the two-legged and four-legged variety.” Besides a 40-pound terrier he rescued 13 years ago, Muller once flew to Florida on his own dime to rescue a dog, “I saved Sonic 15 minutes before he was going to be euthanized.”   

The 2017 Firefighter Calendar features rescue animals posing with 15 of the hottest firefighters.  Muller flexes with a beautiful Rottweiler mix puppy. “I’m glad the puppies are getting the spotlight. I’m so happy to be a part of this life-saving project,” Muller said. (See details on how you can order your calendar below).

The 2017 Firefighter Calendar is made possible by Co-Title Sponsors: Kia Country of Charleston and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.  Since its start in 2013, more than 27,000 calendars have been sold around the world!

Source: Charleston Animal Society

February 18, 2015


First 25 Online Spay-Neuter Signups are Free!

CHARLESTON, SC — Charleston Animal Society is teaming up with Kia Country of Charleston to get your pet spayed or neutered! Schedule a spay or neuter procedure on Tuesday, February 24th anytime before midnight and get a $25 discount. Also, the first 25 online registrants will get their pets’ procedure free! Sign up at

The event is part of World Spay Day, an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

Spay or Neuter procedures at Charleston Animal Society cost between $60-$100. Kia Country of Charleston is sponsoring this promotion by offering free surgeries to the first 25 online registrants, and 25% discounts to all others. Private clinics and animal hospitals can charge from $200 to well over $700 depending on the weight and age of your pet. Charleston Animal Society has 4 veterinarians who specialize in Spay-Neuter procedures, and conduct 12,000 procedures each year, more than any other organization in South Carolina. Charleston Animal Society is committed to ending companion animal overpopulation by providing high quality, high volume, spay and neuter services. They use the highest standards to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet.

Why spay or neuter? Quite simply, there are too many animals that are without a home. Last year Charleston Animal Society cared for more than 18,000 animals. Spaying and neutering is the only 100% proven way to reduce these numbers and save animals’ lives. Help stem the tide of overpopulation by having your pet spayed or neutered!

Source: Charleston Animal Society and Kia Country of Charleston

January 20, 2015


2015 Campaign to Shine Spotlight on Plight of Animals in Community

CHARLESTON, SC — You may have noticed that Kia has a thing for hamsters. And then, there was the cute little sock monkey phase. They even convinced Maroon 5 to let them use their hit song, Animals to promote the new Soul EV. Add in, the fact that most Kia Country of Charleston employees are pet owners, as well as, the majority of the local population and it will come as no surprise that the Kia Country of Charleston chose to team up with the Charleston Animal Society (CAS) for a year-long partnership.

“Giving back to the community has always been important to us; but, we really wanted a long-term association with an organization that would be meaningful to our both employees and our customers, The fact that CAS cares for 90% of the abandoned, abused and sick animals in our County, its No Kill Charleston initiative and the organization’s track record of success were key considerations,” said Kia Country General Manager, Steve Appelbaum.

Kia Country will serve as a Title Sponsor for the 2016 Firefighter Calendar to benefit Toby’s Fund, which pays for the life-saving treatment of thousands of animals in our community every year. Kia will leverage its media buy to support firefighter recruitment, auditions, and the Debut party and drive calendar sales. To stem the tide of overpopulation, Kia Country will also sponsor a Spay/Neuter/Microchip event at CAS in the spring. Events at the dealership will support the CAS Pet Food Bank and celebrate the love of pets including My Furry Valentine, a Halloween Pet Costume Contest and a Calendar Signing event in December.

“We welcome Kia Country’s support of the 2016 Calendar project. We share Kia Country’s commitment to families, including their pets, and look forward to another year as the Southeast’s first No Kill Community,” stated Joe Elmore, CEO of Charleston Animal Society. “Kia Country will shine a significant light on the importance of spaying or neutering animals, which is desperately needed throughout the year to reduce the overwhelming number of unwanted animals in our community.”

In addition, Kia Country will conduct a year-long campaign utilizing its website, blog, newsletter and social media platform to educate and inform the public about the plight of animals in our community, partnership projects and events and CAS activities. Its employees and their pets will be featured throughout the campaign.

Source: Kia Country of Charleston