Routine Veterinary Care

Routine Veterinary Care

Routine veterinary care is provided by the veterinarians at Charleston Animal Society during normal business hours. The foster coordinator will work directly with the shelter veterinarians to manage the health and well-being of each foster pet or litter. After hours, the foster coordinator will take calls when emergencies arise. In the event of an emergency, the foster coordinator will contact the veterinarian on-call as to how to manage each particular case and, should after-hours treatment be needed, the foster coordinator will instruct the foster parent or family on the appropriate steps to take.

Charleston Animal Society has a policy that we will not reimburse individuals for vet bills for foster animals when taken for veterinary care outside of that which is pre-authorized by the Charleston Animal Society veterinary staff.

Scheduling Rechecks

Foster animal(s) are required to return to the shelter every two weeks for vaccinations, deworming and general exams. You will receive reminders via automatic email through our online

scheduling system. All rechecks require an appointment made at the time of pick up.

Recheck times are as followed:

Monday-Saturday from 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 11 am – 3 pm.


If for any reason you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment please contact the Foster Coordinator to reschedule..



Kittens and puppies receive vaccinations every two weeks from the time they are 4 weeks of age until they are 16 weeks or unless

otherwise directed by our veterinarians. Animals 12 weeks and older receive a Rabies vaccine.

Cats & kittens receive FVRCP Vaccine (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia)

Dogs & Puppies receive the DHPP Vaccine (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza).

Spay/Neuter Surgery

During a scheduled visit, the Foster Coordinator or recheck staff may decide to accept the pet or litter back for adoption. If this is the case, surgery may be scheduled that same day or scheduled for a later day. If scheduled for a later day, you will continue foster care and bring the pet in on the morning of the scheduled surgery. Veterinarians use the following guidelines to determine when the foster animal is ready to be returned for surgery:

  • Are the puppies/kittens old enough or did they gain enough weight for surgery?
  • Are they successfully weaned from their mother?
  • Have they been successfully socialized?
  • Is your foster healthy and recovered fully from the illness or injury?

Is there room on the adoption floor?

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