A Record Nobody Wants Broken

Dorchester Paws admits over 30 animals in one day

Summerville, SC – In one day, Dorchester Paws has taken in a record amount of animals. This is a record nobody wants broken. Following 16 animals admitted on Monday, May 14 and 11 last Friday, May 11, Dorchester Paws needs help.

One animal was found tied to the mailbox at the shelter when staff came in to work. He chewed through the leash and was running free until shelter staff and volunteers were able to catch him and bring him to safety.

A stray chihuahua was brought to Dorchester Paws in obvious distress. After being taken over to Central Veterinary Hospital, X-rays showed the dog to have a broken pelvis. As this pet was found stray, he is hoping to be reunited with his family. If anybody is looking for a lost chi chi, please come to Dorchester Paws as the shelter is desperately over capacity.

At 3:00 p.m. a call came to the Director of Shelter Operations informing Dorchester Paws that the shelter would be receiving 16 dogs in the next 30 minutes. Two mama dogs and seven puppies each. One litter is only 2-3 days old.

At 3:40 p.m., a second call came in indicating another six to eight animals coming in.

In total, the admissions for one day is over 30 animals. The already full dog kennels at Dorchester Paws are now over capacity. Dorchester Paws is calling for help. The majority of adoptable animals are dogs over 40 pounds. Therefore, the shelter is launching a “Go Big or They Don’t Go Home” adoption special where any dog over 40 pounds is only $40.

The first day of care averages $107. For the 30 animals brought in today, that equals $3,210. Donations to help provide funding for the care of the animals at Dorchester Paws can be made online at dorchesterpaws.org.

A “Paw”-sitive Start to 2018 at Dorchester Paws

Dorchester Paws announces $50,000 PetSmart Charities grant award and other
shelter updates

Summerville, SC – After receiving a $50,000 grant, decreasing the shelter euthanasia
rate and continuing facility improvements, 2018 looks bright for Dorchester Paws,
Dorchester County’s only open-admission animal shelter.

Dorchester Paws was awarded a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities for spay/neuter
surgeries.

“Each animal adopted from Dorchester Paws is spay/neutered, microchipped,
vaccinated and given preventatives for fleas and heartworm; this standard is not cheap.
To receive $50,000 solely earmarked for spay/neuter gives us the opportunity to focus
on other priorities, such as heartworm treatment and funding a public spay/neuter clinic
in Dorchester County,” states Kim Almstedt, Executive Director of Dorchester Paws.
“We want to thank PetSmart Charities for this incredible grant and are looking forward to
the opportunities it will afford us in 2018,” Almstedt states.

During 2017, Dorchester Paws made great strides towards ending unnecessary
euthanasia. The shelter’s total intake for the year was approximately 3,200 animals. The
shelter was able to decrease the euthanasia numbers by nearly 50 percent. Only 3
percent of the total dog intake at Dorchester Paws were euthanized, which is
significantly lower than the state average of 17 percent.

“In 2017, we did not euthanize for time, space or money,” said Almstedt. “Since joining
the No Kill South Carolina initiative in 2016, we have more resources across the entire
state and have gained valuable contacts and rescue help.”

The shelter is continuing the facility improvements begun last September when the
campus underwent its massive renovation. As part of this revitalization, the Summerville
Artist Guild painted two murals at Dorchester Paws. One is located in the dog courtyard
and the second in the cat hallway. These artists also painted a fence in the parking lot
for adopters to take pictures with their new pets. Sherwin Williams donated paint for the
project.

“Dorothy, from the The Wizard of Oz states it perfectly: ‘there’s no place like home.’ We
took this famous line and created a picturesque setting where all dogs and cats are in
their fur-ever homes. There is a yellow brick road to guide you to our adoptable animals
and even an Emerald City backdrop to remind you every animal is looking for their
Emerald City forever home. These one-of-a-kind murals are special to say the least and
we are extremely grateful to the Summerville Artist Guild for volunteering their time and
talent to turn a vision into a masterpiece,” Almstedt said.

To thank the Summerville Artist Guild, Dorchester Paws is holding a reception at the
shelter located at 136 Four Paws Lane on Wednesday, January 17 at 2 p.m. The public
is invited to attend. The shelter will be open for special hours from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for
adoptions and is also having a $25 adoption special for all adult animals on January 17
only.