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Upcoming Events

Gift Wrapping

Not enough time on your hands to wrap gifts? Never satisfied with how they look when you wrap them? Have the elves at The Sparrow & Dorchester Paws lend a paw! Bring your gifts to The Sparrow on December 13 from 4-8 pm or Dorchester Paws on December 15 from 12-4 pm. For a donation of $3 for small gifts and $5 for large gifts, we’ll help you spread holiday cheer this year!

Merry Grinchmas Party

Join us at the Merry Grinchmas Party on December 16 from 5-9 pm at Montreux Bar & Grill! Have your photos taken with characters, including Anna & Elsa from Frozen, enjoy food and live music while bidding in a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the animals at Dorchester Paws.

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!