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 dorchesterpaws.org/oysterroast/ 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 dorchesterpaws.org for more information.

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 www.dorchesterpaws.org or call 843-871-3820.