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Giving Tuesday

Get your #GivingPaws ready for #GivingTuesday on November 27, 2018!

Find out about the meaningful ways you can make an impact on the lives of homeless pets in Dorchester County here.

Paws & Pearls Oyster Roast

Join us for our 19th year of the Downs Byrd Memorial Paws & Pearls Oyster Roast on February 2, 2019 at Summerville Country Club. Spend the night feasting on oysters with beer and wine flowing as you dance to live music from Saluda Shoals.

All proceeds from tickets, live and silent auctions support the animals in care at Dorchester Paws.

Get your tickets today!

About Dorchester Paws

Dorchester Paws, formerly known as Frances R. Willis SPCA, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals in Dorchester County, South Carolina. Dorchester Paws is the only open-admission shelter in Dorchester County, serving towns including Rosinville, Ridgeville, Oakbrook, St. George, Summerville and Grover, SC. Partnering with Dorchester Code Enforcement, we take in every lost, abandoned and abused animal and provide them with food, shelter and medical attention until they find their forever home.

  • Mission

    Dorchester Paws strives to instill humane principles into society through the prevention of cruelty to animals.

  • Vision

    We envision a world where every animal goes on the journey from victim to victory.

  • We are committed to

    • Ending unnecessary euthanasia and giving every animal a second chance
    • Combating overpopulation by encouraging spaying and neutering
    • Championing responsible pet ownership through public education
    • Feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and protecting the abused
    • Reuniting lost pets with their families and finding homes for strays

Setting the Standard for Dorchester County


Thank You to Our Paws Partners!