About Us

The fine men and women of the 2015 Charleston Firefighter Calendar

As the lowcountry’s oldest and largest animal rescue organization, it is an honor to team with our community’s firefighters, our sponsors and our calendar work committee to produce the Firefighter Calendar. This project would not be possible without their generous support, hard work and dedication to this campaign. We are grateful to each and every one of them for making the Firefighter Calendar Campaign a reality.

Our first year, the 2014 Firefighter Calendar, raised over $100,000 and we are thrilled to report our 2015 Calendar raised over $250,000. All calendar sales and event proceeds benefit Toby’s Fund which provides medical care to treat thousands of injured, abused and abandoned animals. The success of this fundraiser is imperative for us to save lives. We are indebted to our local heroes who have given so freely of their time and energy to this project. Their participation, supported by our community’s fire chiefs, was reflective of their individual character and their departments. We want to thank each of them for their commitment to save the most vulnerable among us – helpless animals.

2015 Charleston Firefighter Calendar Group Shot

Over 9,000 unwanted and stray animals enter Charleston Animal Society’s doors each year for a chance to become part of someone’s family. We are the community’s only animal organization that embraces all animals regardless of their condition, age or breed; never turning them away. Most of these animals come to us injured or ill.

The cost to save these animals exceeds $500,000 annually. Animals like Toby, the namesake for our medical fund. Toby came to use with severe chemical burns. Our team of veterinarians, supported by staff and volunteers, immediately began caring for him. After weeks of critical care and rehabilitation, Toby recovered and we found him a home. Toby lived out his life as a happy and healthy dog, just like the thousands we help each year.

In 2013, we launched the boldest animal rescue initiative ever undertaken in the Southeast – No Kill Charleston 2015, an all-out effort to save every healthy and treatable animal. We achieved this early, making Charleston County the first community in the Southeast to become No Kill. We rely on calendar sponsorships, donations, event proceeds and calendar sales from generous, compassionate individuals like you to treat the animals in our care.

We ask YOU to join us in this amazing campaign and help the leading rescuers of humans and the leading rescuer of animals save lives!

Each and every one of you is, indeed, a rescuer.

res·cuer  (rskyr) tr.v.
1. One who sets free, as from danger or imprisonment; save.

Firefighter Calendar Executive Producer

Caroline Eller, Producer of the Charleston Animal Society Firefighter Calendar Caroline moved to Charleston from Charlotte, NC to join Charleston Animal Society’s team in 2012. Tasked with developing a unique way to raise the funding necessary to treat all the animals in their care, Caroline created the Charleston Firefighter Calendar. After graduating from Samford University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, Caroline worked for the Birmingham News as a photojournalist. She then went on to be one of the most sought after wedding photographers in Alabama. After moving to Charlotte, Caroline following her passion and became very involved at Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control as a volunteer and foster, which prompted a career change. She worked for three years as a Regional Director for Pethealth Inc., covering a four state region servicing animal shelters, municipalities and rescues with microchips and animal management software. When approached by her client at the time, Charleston Animal Society, she was thrilled to work directly for such an amazing organization and to move to beautiful Charleston. Caroline is the producer of the Firefighter Calendar, which recently went viral and gained worldwide recognition and awareness for Charleston Animal Society. She also grew the campaign to net over a quarter million for Toby’s Fund in just two years. Caroline and her husband live downtown with their four dogs and one cat, all rescues.

Firefighter Calendar Associate Producer

Jen Coleman, Associate Producer of the Charleston Animal Society Firefighter Calendar
 
Jen joins Charleston Animal Society after three years of volunteer service on the Firefighter Calendar Committee. A native of West Virginia, she received a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Marshall University. While in WV, she volunteered for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia and had an amazing experience as a Wish Granter. Jen moved to her dream city of Charleston, S.C. from Durham, N.C. in early 2013 and started scouting around for a volunteer project. Very soon thereafter, Jen was recruited by a volunteer at Charleston Animal Society to work on the first calendar and quickly realized it was the perfect fit for her as she is an animal lover. Jen has utilized her 16 years of experience in marketing and media buying to help increase awareness and sales of the Firefighter Calendar. From social media campaigns to prime placement on the Sony billboard in Times Square, she has helped take this project to another level. Jen lives in Mount Pleasant with her two rescue cats, Peanut and Delilah.

Firefighter Calendar Work Committee

The hardworking ladies, men and animals of the Charleston Area Firefighter Calendar

Committee Members: Carlaye McClain, Caroline Toepperwein, Diana Marsh, Heather Platzer, Jeane Whitfield, Jen Coleman, Karen Musolf, Melinda VanDyck, Nancy DeMay, Wes Lowther NOT PICTURED: Caroline Clark Stoney, Camila Noonan, Kiara Barnett, Meg Phillips