Greenville Humane Society Receives Esteemed Hollingsworth Grant

December 14, 2011

Award Will Support PlannedEnhancements at New Airport Road Facility

GREENVILLE, SC – December 14, 2011 – The Greenville HumaneSociety has been awarded a Hollingsworth Grant, one of 70 local organizations toreceive the prestigious gift from Greenville-based charitable supportorganization Hollingsworth Funds Inc. 

Executive Director Kim Pitman said the Humane Society will apply theaward toward its $2.25 million capital campaign, which is currently beingconducted to support the organization’s long-term goals.  Pitman said theorganization, which moved into its newly refurbished home on Airport Road inJune, expects to reach its goal of raising $800,000 by the end of theyear.  As a not-for-profit, the Greenville Humane Society does not receiveany funds from county or state government, United Way or any national animalwelfare organization.

Thecapital campaign has been divided into two phases.  Phase one – whichincludes the new structure, adoption center, medical clinic and a 3-acre dogwalking area – will cost roughly $1.75 million.  Phase two of the newcampus includes the building of two outdoor dog parks (one for big dogs and onefor little dogs), walking trails, and the Upstate’s first-ever pet-orientededucational pavilion.

Weare deeply honored by this grant, especially given how many worthy causes soughtsupport from Hollingsworth Funds this year,” said Joe Erwin, president of adagency Erwin Penland and chairman of the Humane Society’s capitalcampaign.  It is a testament to how important this project is to thewell-being of our community—for both the animals and the people who love them –that we received this investment in our future.

Lastyear the Greenville Humane Society found homes for more than 5,600 animals andperformed more than 9,600 spay/neuter surgeries to help curb the number ofunwanted animals in Greenville County.  Humane Society volunteers logged42,000 hours staffing the facility and leading community-outreach efforts,including visits to schools and nursing homes that reached more than 36,000individuals.

Formore information about the Greenville Humane Society, the new facility or howmembers of the community can help build the next phase of its new home, visit


About the Greenville HumaneSociety
The Greenville Humane Society, open since 1937, is aprivate, non-profit organization whose mission is to support, enrich and improvethe community by serving as an advocate for the safety and well-being of allanimals.  By offering affordable pet healthcare services – includingspaying and neutering – and educating the public on issues concerningresponsible pet ownership, animal welfare legislation and eliminating animalcruelty, Greenville Humane Society seeks to maintain a beneficial influence onour community while developing a positive awareness for a pet-caringsociety.  Managing the largest no-kill shelter in the area, GreenvilleHumane Society also operates the only low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic inGreenville.  For more information, visit