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Enhancing Lives. Encouraging Dreams.

Simply said, the Charles Lea Center supports each person as they work to achieve their fullest potential. From newborns to seniors we provide services that enhance the quality of life for approximately 1,600 children and adults in Spartanburg County with intellectual disabilities and/or chronic medical conditions. Our goal is to help each person live more indepently, and of course that means different things for everyone so we have an array of services including, residential, day and work. In addtion we offer early intervention and case management services.  Our services are based on the principles of person centered thinking that looks at the strengths of each person and uses those skills to promote greater independence.
As a vital community resource for almost half a century, the Charles Lea Center provides innovative services coupled with the latest in technology that cannot be found elsewhere in South Carolina.
We hope you’ll take time to explore our website – we’ve got a lot happening!

Here's Why You Should Adopt a Pet from a Shelter

Here's Why You Should Adopt a Pet from a Shelter

Have you been thinking about expanding your family to add a new furry friend? Look no further than your nearest animal shelter. We’ve compiled a list of the top reasons you should consider a shelter animal for your next pet.

You’ll be saving a life.
In the United States, early 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year. When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you’re giving that animal a second chance. They’ve likely been given up or abandoned, and by taking them into your home, you’re giving them the loving home they deserve. You’ll also be opening up shelter space for a new animal that needs it.

Adopting costs less than buying from a breeder or pet store.
When you adopt a pet from a shelter, they’re often already spayed/neutered and have their first vaccinations. Some are even microchipped. These services are included in the adoption price, saving you a hefty bill from the veterinarian. 

Many shelter pets are already housebroken.
A lot of the animals at shelters were given up from their previous owners. This means many of them require little to no training on using a litter box or going outside. These animals likely have no issues with socializing with humans, but be sure to introduce them to your current pets before adopting if the shelter recommends it.

Shelter pets are often healthier than those bought elsewhere.
When animals are brought into shelters, they are given full physicals. Many shelters also have veterinary clinics on site to treat any medical conditions animals may have. This way, you’ll know the pet you’re adopting is in tip-top shape. 

Pet stores, and even some breeders, cannot guarantee the same health services for their animals that shelters can. Dogs sold at pet stores are often raised in puppy mills with unsanitary conditions, and they can carry diseases like pneumonia and parasites.

You’ll be supporting a worthy local charity.
By adopting a pet from an animal shelter, you’re helping a non-profit continue its mission. You can also spread the word about the shelter to those who ask where you got your pet. Shelters help the community by spaying and neutering their animals, reducing the odds of more unwanted animals.

You’ll find a friend for life.
Pets bring an endless amount of joy to people’s lives. They’ve been proven to be emotionally, physically and psychologically helpful to their owners. They can also alleviate feelings of loneliness. When you adopt a pet, you’re changing both its life and yours.

Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is one of the best things you can do for your happiness, as well as for your pet’s. It instills a sense of purpose and fulfillment. When you adopt, you can be proud you helped an animal in need.