Dorchester Paws to Unveil Preliminary Drawings of New Shelter at Oyster Roast

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (January 30, 2019) – Dorchester Paws in partnership with Dorchester County, will announce plans for the construction of a new animal shelter at the 19th Annual Downs Byrd Memorial Paws and Pearls Oyster Roast presented by Gray Contracting on Saturday, February 2nd at 6:00 PM at Summerville Country Club.

All are invited to enjoy endless oysters, beer and wine, live music from Saluda Shoals and a live and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $60 at or at the door for $75. All proceeds from the event benefit Dorchester Paws.

New Facility
Dorchester Paws is the only open admission animal shelter in Dorchester County. The current facility has a capacity of 185 animals. However, most months the shelter houses over 200 animals and the organization has nearly 200 additional animals in foster homes. The organization’s current facility located at 136 Four Paws Lane in Summerville, was constructed in 1972. The wear and tear from over 45 years of use combined with increasing numbers of animals at the facility as the County’s population has grown have rendered the facility obsolete. Additionally, the facility is located in a low area that regularly floods and has sustained significant damage in storms over the past several years.

Recognizing the dire need for a new facility to enable Dorchester Paws to continue to serve the animals and people in the community, Dorchester County has taken significant steps to make a new facility a reality. At the June 18, 2018 County Council Meeting, Council approved a $1M capital contribution to Dorchester Paws to assist with construction of a new facility. Dorchester Paws and Dorchester County have a property under contract off of Mallard Road for the new facility. The location and preliminary drawings of the facility will be unveiled at the Oyster Roast. This announcement will kick-off Dorchester Paws’ Capital Campaign to raise awareness and funds for the new facility.

Dorchester County Councilman, George Bailey said, “We are looking forward to a new facility that will include a low-cost public spay/neuter clinic and bigger adoption facility to help combat pet overpopulation. We hope the community will join us in making a financial contribution to Dorchester Paws to aid in the funding of a new facility.”

Dorchester Paws Executive Director, Kim Almstedt said “with the organization’s partnership with Dorchester County combined with the generosity and compassion of this community, we will be equipped to build a first-class facility, and end unnecessary euthanasia.” Almstedt added “Our staff and Board of Directors are extremely grateful to Dorchester County and are looking forward to serving this community at an even higher level.”

Individuals, businesses and organizations that would like to participate in the capital campaign are asked to contact Kim Almstedt at (843) 830-1292 or visit for more information.