Elmer’s story

On July 17th Elmer was picked up off the side of the road by a Good Samaritan. His leg, which is badly broken, has been stabilized as much as possible and placed in a splint. Elmer is severely emaciated and would not be able to withstand the anesthesia needed for surgery at this time.

Dr. Bice, Head Veterinarian at Dorchester Paws, explains that a dog of Elmer’s size should weigh around 60lbs. He currently weighs half that, with a Body Condition Score of 1 out of 9. His ribs, spine and hip bones are visible from a distance, and he has no discernible body fat and an obvious loss of muscle mass.

Our number one priority is keeping Elmer comfortable until he gains the strength needed to withstand surgery for his leg amputation and treatment for his heavy heartworm load.

Elmer’s medical bills are suspected to be upwards of $2,500. With his heartworm treatment alone costing $300-$500. Thanks to Donate2it and the generosity of our community we were able to raise the funds needed to cover Elmer’s Medical bills. Elmer is currently at a dedicated Foster’s home getting the care he needs. We will keep you updated.

Dorchester Paws strives to help every animal on their journey from victim to victory. Thank you for being apart of Elmer’s Story

Zeus needs YOUR help!

Animals in Need of Extensive Medical Care

In just ONE week Dorchester Paws has taken in THREE animals who are in need of outside veterinary care and additional medical attention that will add up to over $5,000!

We have teamed up with the fundraising platform, Donate2it, to help raise funds for Zola, Tito & Mary. Donate2it will match the donations raised up to $2,000!

Every year Dorchester Paws takes in around 3,500 animals. Each healthy animal has to be vaccinated, given preventatives, microchipped, and spayed/neutered. On average it costs $90 to vet a single healthy animal and prepare them for adoption.

As the ONLY Open-Admission animal shelter in Dorchester County, we take in every animal that is brought to our doors. The reality is that not all of the animals are healthy. Last year we spent $30,000 on outside veterinary care.

While we are very grateful to have received the Petco Foundation Grant, that will help pay for some of our outside veterinary expenses, we are taking in urgent medical cases paw over fist and will need assistance to keep up.

All proceeds raised on the Donate2it platform will be directly transferred into our Michael’s Healing Heart Fund, which exists so that no animal will have to wait on funds to get the medical attention they deserve.

Dog found hanging from fence surrendered to Dorchester Paws

Summerville, SC- Monday morning Dorchester paws took over custody of a two year old German Shepard mix, named Ginger. She was found hanging from a chain link fence by the skin of her hind leg.  Lindsey Shattuck, a neighbor of the local Summerville subdivision, heard Ginger’s whines and enlisted help from Daniel Cooper to lift Ginger off the fence. They realized the extent of her injuries and immediately rushed her toVeterinary Specialty Care off of Montague Avenue.

After learning of Ginger’s life threatening injuries her owners surrendered her. Invested in Ginger’s survival Lindsey took to Facebook pleading for animal lovers to help. At this time, without any medical examination, the suspected cost was around $1,400. Dorchester Paws heard Lindsey’s plea and has since taken custody of the dog.


Ginger’s medical bill has quickly surpassed that of the initial estimate. Theavulsion wraps around her hind leg to the inside inguinal muscle and is described as “two hands in length.” She has received pain medication, IV fluids, and x-rays. Yesterday she was sedated to have her wounds clipped and cleaned.  It is still unsure when

 she will be strong enough to undergo the surgery needed to close the wound. Ginger’s medical bills are adding up and are expected to reach a MINIMUM of $3,500. She is being monitored by Dr. Robert T. Pernell of Costal Carolina Veterinary, who is partnered with Veterinary Specialty Care to be the surgeon on Ginger’s case.

We don’t know the circumstances of Ginger’s past, but Lindsey describes her as “The nicest dog who gets along with animals and kids” in the neighborhood. VSC reports that Ginger is in good spirits this morning.

“Please consider donating towards our Michael’s Healing Heart medical fund to help support Ginger’s medical bills,” said Maddie Moore, Development and Marketing Manager for Dorchester Paws. The shelter would not be able to give Ginger, or other animals like her, a fighting chance without the generosity and support of our community.

Donations can be made here.



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