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Puppy and Kitten Shower!

Join us for food, a bottle baby presentation and games on March 6th from 12-3PM at 136 Four Paws Lane in Summerville. Every year Dorchester Paws places 1,702 animals in foster homes. Will you provide a temporary shelter for an animal in need? Since 2014 we have taken in over 11,000 puppies and kittens, all […]


Now through Wednesday (2/24) Dorchester Paws is reducing adoption prices for dogs! Our campus can only house EIGHTY dogs, we are TWELVE away from being full! As an open admission shelter, our organization can in take in 20 animals in just ONE DAY! That is why we need YOUR help emptying our adoption dog kennels. […]

Dorchester Paws Awarded Nonprofit of the Year!

Dorchester Paws Named 2020 Nonprofit of the Year by Summerville Chamber The Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce’s award program is designed to recognize the dedication, achievement and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by exceptional local businesses, nonprofits and individuals.  Recipients of the 2020 Chamber Awards were announced virtually via Zoom and Facebook Live on Friday, January […]

New Leadership

Its official! Dorchester Paws has undergone massive changes this year, and the single greatest change is our two new leaders in our campaign to become the best shelter we can be. The following will help you learn more about April Howard (left) and Maddie Moore (right). “With over a decade of experience working in animal […]

2020 Impact

2020 was the best year ever! However, something tells me you disagree. All right, I guess it might have not been the best year. If 2020 was a graph, I think we could all agree that it would be a downhill trend. However, the staff here at Dorchester Paws is more focused on the success […]

Wishing on Stardust

They tell me Halley’s Comet only comes around once every 75 years. Why wait all that time when you can just be with me, Stardust! I am a four-year-old, female terrier mix, and my shelter story started when I arrived at Dorchester Paws on February 11, 2020. Little did I know that 274 days later […]

Steps for Adopting a New Pet During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While social distancing requirements have changed how animal shelters approach the adoption process, COVID-19 hasn’t changed the fact that pets need good homes. For example, many shelters are allowing drive-up adoptions, but you’ll still need to go through an application process before getting a new pet. If you’re looking to bring a pet into your […]

Playgroup Diaries | Mr. Nutella

Welcome to the Dorchester Paws playgroup diaries. A major hurdle in the pursuit of bettering the welfare of animals in shelters is a lack of resources. This includes everything from a lack of volunteers, staff, funds, donations, space or more. For every idea that a shelter has to improve the care of their pets, there […]