Animal programs

Group of animals raise over $80,000 in Rescue Brew beer contest

Two new spokespersons for the region’s largest animal welfare organization have helped raise more than $80,000 as the results of the third annual Rescue Brew Beer competition were announced on Saturday.

Over the past three years, the Charleston Animal Society has raised $298,511 through its Rescue Brew contest to make the state a more animal-friendly place.

On Saturday, the company announced that Beaux, a month-old Maine Coon from Kiawah Island, got 3,415 votes for homeless animals and now has his picture on cans of the organization’s Rescue Brew 2022. Wally, a 7-year-old West Highland terrier mix rescued during Hurricane Matthew, got 5,051 votes to be the top dog in the contest and has his portrait on ‘Vienna Lager’ beer brewed and canned by Palmetto Brewing Company.

The beer will be on sale at all area Harris Teeter and Bottles stores later this month and is expected to expand to retailers in Columbia and Greenville in December.

“We are honored to be part of this program for the third consecutive year – it has been an incredible opportunity to give back to the community and show our passion for a common cause,” said Ian Berg, Vice President of Business Operations. for Palmetto Brewing Company. Other sponsors included the Charleston City PaperSouthern Crown Partners, Cupcake DownSouth and WCSC Live 5 News.

“Rescue Brew Beer is a perfect way to help animals – and enjoy freezing cold at the same time,” said Andy Brack, the city ​​papereditor and publisher. A portion of the sales from each six-pack sale is donated to local No Kill partners in South Carolina: Charleston Animal Society, Pawmetto Lifeline and Greenville Humane Society. For more details on purchasing this special beer, visit. CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/Rescue-Brew.

Learn more about the competition

A record 709 participants this year raised $81,699 for the Charleston Animal Society’s No Kill South Carolina initiative, which aims to make South Carolina a more animal-friendly place. When the voting phase ended in September, the public selected three cats and three dogs as finalists in the race for spokesperson and spokesperson respectively.

Each $1 donation to the contest counted as one vote for the voter’s dog or cat of choice. From sharing their cutest photos, making hilarious videos on TikTok and raising funds in the final days of the contest, entrants used all sorts of creative techniques to campaign for their pets to company are selected as finalists. A total of 561 dogs were able to raise a total of $56,888, with 148 cats entering to raise $17,715 in the race to be named official Rescue Brew 2022 spokespersons.

While Beaux received over 3,400 votes, other cat finalists included Pickles (AKA Mr. P), a 10-year-old black cat from Charleston, received 2,259 votes and Rocky, a 1-year-old gray tabby from Mount Pleasant, got 1,495 votes. On the dog side, the dogs that finished just behind Wally included Monty, a 1-year-old miniature poodle from Sullivan’s Island who got 4,495 votes, and Kaizoku, a 3-year-old one-eyed rescue dog from downtown Charleston, which received 4,318 votes.

A judging panel, made up of representatives from sponsors WCSC Live 5 News, Palmetto Brewing Company and Charleston Animal Society, chose the grand prize-winning spokesperson and spokesperson from among the finalists.


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