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Take Action: Urge Petland NOT to Sell Commercially Bred Puppies

For more than three decades, Lowcountry animal advocates have worked to build strong relationships with area pet stores to adopt out animals from local shelters and rescues in their stores. These efforts have paid off and thousands of homeless animals have been saved thanks to these community-minded stores who see the benefit in helping to adopt local, homeless animals.

Sadly, this lifesaving Lowcountry tradition is being threatened by Petland in Summerville. The new owner has made it public that starting Saturday, August 4, Petland will be selling puppies purchased from large scale commercial breeding facilities in other parts of the country. These animals will not be spayed or neutered upon their sale to the public.

Learn more about the issue here.

Bring a Spay/Neuter Clinic to Dorchester Paws

Each year, over 3,200 animals come to Dorchester Paws. Before these dogs and cats move to the adoption floor, each is spayed/neutered.

But Dorchester Paws doesn’t have a spay/neuter clinic.

We partner with other shelters to spay/neuter our animals to ensure they don’t continue to contribute to the pet overpopulation crisis. Pet overpopulation is a serious issue, which is not abating. It’s why there are days when 50+ animals come through our doors at once. The shelter cannot house all of these animals.

Our goal is to open this spay/neuter clinic by September 2018, to help our shelter animals and serve as a low-cost resource for our community. Through Petco Foundation grant funding, we’re part of the way there, but we need YOU to make this clinic a reality.

Become a fundraiser for the spay/neuter clinic at Dorchester Paws. Make a differencegive today.

Upcoming Events

Rock the Rescue

70+ Bands. 11 Venues. 3 Days. 1 Cause.

Are you ready to rock? Benefiting the animals at Dorchester Paws, over 70 local bands will play at 11 venues around the Charleston area on August 17-19. Check out the full list of venues and lineup here.

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!