Rock the Rescue fundraiser benefiting Dorchester Paws is an overwhelming success!

Event triples earnings for animal shelter in one year

Summerville, SC – The second annual Rock the Rescue for Dorchester Paws presented by Gray Contracting LLC net over $24,000 to support the animal shelter’s mission of caring for homeless animals until they are adopted. Over 70 bands and 11 venues participated in the three day music festival.

“The money we raised at Rock the Rescue is going straight back to the animals, which we have no shortage of,” said Kim Almstedt, Executive Director of Dorchester Paws. “It will allow us to pay for all the necessary medical care each animal receives, like microchips, vaccines, dewormer and their spay/neuter surgery. It also enables us to cover additional treatments, including heartworm treatments, eye surgeries, emergency care and more.”

Rock the Rescue attendees had the chance to enter the Rockin’ Raffle at each venue. Three winners were drawn and each received a guitar, tickets, gift certificates and more.

Rock the Rescue for Dorchester Paws was made possible by Gray Contracting LLC, New Amsterdam Vodka, Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, Summerville Journal Scene, Cumulus Media – Charleston, 98 Rock, 105.5 The Bridge, Adams Outdoor, PuppyKatz, Hanahan Amphitheater, TGI Signs, Charleston City Paper, First National Bank, SC Federal Credit Union, The Swift Group, Janet Heer – Realtor, PetSmart Summerville and Hutto Ace Hardware.

The music festival was hosted by Tin Roof, The Pub on 61, Shooters of Summerville, Burns Alley, The Sparrow, The Summer Breeze, Purple Buffalo, Southern Shakers, Honkytonk Saloon, and The Alibi on August 17 and 18. August 19, the festival finale was held at the Hanahan Amphitheater. Over 40 vendors set up booths for attendees to stroll through, while Jason’s Jump Castles brought out jump castles and A Lotta Ciabatta, The Golden Pineapple, Holy City Cupcakes and Cindy’s Twisted Sicles helped people curb hunger and beat the heat.

“We take in over 3,200 animals each year and provide them with care, attention and love as we prepare them for their forever homes. Fundraisers like Rock the Rescue make our work for the animals possible,” said Almstedt.

Dorchester Paws, located at 136 Four Paws Lane in Summerville is currently over capacity. The shelter has over 400 animals in care, with close to 240 of those on campus.

“We need people to come adopt! Please, open your home to one more furry friend so these dogs and cats can get out of the shelter,” said Almstedt.

Dorchester Paws is running a “Name Your Own Adoption Fee” special to promote adoptions. The shelter is open every day for adoptions. To learn more about Dorchester Paws, visit or call 843-871-3820.