DONATE NOW, GivingTuesday 2021

2021 for Dorchester Paws has been nothing short of intense, when compared to previous years in terms of intake # ‘s, special medical cases, surgeries needed, animals in foster care, temporary moratoriums that were needed to be put into place, and with being over capacity multiple times this year. That means, our kennels and temporary pop ups were full, in addition to the hundreds of animals (on top of those numbers), who were already in foster care. This has been our operating reality daily, without breaks and without reassurance that the end is in sight. 

To date, Dorchester Paws have taken in close to 3,600 animals (cats & dogs) as strays, owner surrenders and due to other special circumstances. That number as of November 19, almost surpassed what we took in as a whole in 2020. To give it more context, since September 1, Dorchester Paws has had an abnormally busy fall, having taken in and caring for close to 1,000 animals (in 83 days). There were some days where 15-20 animals came through our doors on the regular. If that wasn’t enough, in just the last week, Dorchester Paws has taken in 19 animals due to their owner’s passing away.

Before any animal sets foot into the shelter, our admissions clinic is responsible for processing every animal to prepare it for reclaim, adoption and/or rescue. Upon intake, all animals are medically evaluated (lab tests) and processed to ensure they become vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested, put on monthly preventatives and given medications for heartworms, upper respiratory infections, skin conditions and other ailments that make their new journey easier. Their first day of care typically runs about $35 an animal. While some get adopted right away, others may need socialization and behavior modifications in order to become more adoptable, which takes time and resources. In other cases, some need medical treatment far greater than what we can provide on campus, and Dorchester Paws incurs the costs to outsource the treatment and surgeries needed to save it’s life.

Dorchester Paws has performed 2,500 (or 70% of those taken in) spay or neuter on campus to date. That surgery number would be higher, but many are currently sitting in foster care, waiting to be of age or weight to have their surgery. In addition, we have administered 170 costly but life-saving heartworm treatments to ensure that the animal is more likely to get adopted (and the cost isn’t placed on the adopter).

As an open admission shelter, with 83% of our operating budget being made up of donations, the animals and our shelter relies heavily on donations.

This GivingTuesday, members of the community have teamed up to match, the first $7,700 donated, $1 for $1, so Dorchester Paws can raise more to save more lives. We’d like to thank our matching donors: Low Country Case & Millwork, an anonymous donor, Beverly, as well as Logan Souris’s co-workers at Hendrick Lexus Charleston, who are donating in honor and memory of their great friend, Logan Souris.

Dorchester Paws is committing to not stopping until every lost, abandoned and abused animal is safe. Will you join us in this fight?

Help be the voice for the voiceless, and donate now.