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Run with us at Top Dog 5K!

Register today for Top Dog 5K!

Lace up your running shoes and get ready to run for the paws! On November 3, join us at Nexton in Summerville for Top Dog 5K. This run shines a spotlight on the dedication of animals who serve others.

The race starts at 8 AM, followed by a fun run and timed dog run at 9 AM. Celebrate with us after the USATF certified 5K at the brunch after party!

Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

Mimosas & Mutts

Ms. Rose’s is turning 6 on October 20th! To celebrate, we’re heading back out to help throw another Mimosas & Mutts Saturday brunch bash from 11-2 pm, featuring a mimosa bar, dog treats, a DJ, vendors, and birthday specials  and more pups for adoption!

All proceeds from the mimosa bar and our house-made dog treats will be donated to Dorchester Paws.

PLUS, if you bring in a donation for Dorchester Paws – unopened dog food, toys, dog beds, new or used blankets for puppers to lay on (other than comforters) – you will automatically be entered to win a gift basket from Ms. Rose’s!

The regular brunch menu and table service will also be available to guests on the outdoor patio.

See you there!

Tanger SPOOKTacular

Calling all little witches, ghouls, princesses & superheroes: The Tanger SPOOKTacular on Saturday October 27 is where you’ll want to be for Trick-or-Treating, and loads of fun for the WHOLE family, including Fido!

This year’s event benefits Dorchester Paws and features Pet Adoptions, Canine Costume Contest, Bearded Dogs & Ice Cream Team Food Trucks, Cauldron Crafts, Goblin Games, and of course LOTS OF CANDY for Trick-or-Treating!!

Trick-or-Treating for kids 12 and under will be from 1-3 PM (while supplies last)! Just look for display decals on entrance doors of participating stores. Masks permitted for children age 12 and under.

Register your pup for the HOWL-oween Canine Costume Contest from 2-3 PM here.

Top Dog 5K

The Top Dog 5K, presented by Gray Contracting LLC, is a certified, pet-friendly 5K run/walk through Nexton in Summerville on November 3, 2018. It honors animals who are part of the service industry – from police dogs, firefighting dogs, to PTSD service animals and more, this event shines a spotlight on animals who serve. Proceeds benefit Dorchester Paws.

Find out more information and register 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!