At Dorchester Paws, volunteers and foster heroes are truly members of the family. They are part of the journey from victim to victory, helping to save lives by providing love and care to the thousands of animals who come to Dorchester Paws each year.
Please complete the application here to become a foster hero!
Hi! My name is Saint. True to its meaning, I am kind, virtuous and patient. In fact, I’m so patient that I have been waiting almost a year for my forever home! It doesn’t take much to make me happy… just a lap to sit on, Pupperoni and snuggles. I am a special boy and because of that, I require a special family. My first few years haven’t been the best so usually, I am scared of young children and other dogs. For that reason, I would prefer to be the only loyal dog to my humans. I promise to protect you, keep you warm, steal your bed covers, steal your lap, but most importantly steal your heart. I can’t look humans in the eyes without sneaking in kisses. With that being said, I am very trainable and motivated by treats and positive reinforcement. I know how to sit, give my paw and shake! I LOVE walks and runs. As you can see, I am a big boy so I need an experienced owner with a strong grip… and ideally, a big yard where I can sunbathe and dream about Pupperoni. You can tell when I’m happy because my ears will stand straight up! I am hoping I can leave my shelter days in the past and begin my next chapter. Will you be the right fit and help me understand true love?
Maybelline, a deaf pit bull, was originally brought in to Dorchester Paws by Animal Control on May 29th, 2013. She was adopted shortly after and all seemed to be going well. In January of 2014 she suddenly reappeared at the shelter as a “stray.” She had been dumped in a neighbor’s yard. While our staff was sad to learn of her return, they welcomed her back with open arms. This time her stay at the shelter was much longer and surpassed six months in length. Maybelline was adopted, for a second time, on July 6th, 2014. Animals came and went, but Maybelline did not return.
Four years later Maybelline was brought in as an owner surrender, she was not doing well with their other pets. Dorchester Paws was determined to find Maybelline the perfect home, one where she would be the only animal and never abandoned. Discouraged by being returned to the shelter once more, Maybelline quickly began to show signs of deterioration. She would spend her days intensely watching shadows on her kennel walls. Knowing this was a sign of behavioral distress, staff quickly began to search for a long term foster.
In March of 2019 Maybelline found a foster family who worked magic on getting her use to strangers. They were falling in love with her more and more every day. Stating that she enjoyed going on walks, behaved wonderfully on a leash and loved having her belly rubbed. Her foster family made the adoption official on May 18th, 2019.
While we will miss seeing Maybelline’s smiling face, we hope she won’t be visiting us at the shelter again! Congratulations Maybelline on finding your final forever family. It costs Dorchester Paws $25 to provide a single day of care. While the average length of stay for animals at our shelter is 17 days, some animals, like Maybelline, need extra time in order to find their perfect fit.
“I had such an awesome time and can’t wait until the next one! Everything was set up beautifully, and the oysters were delicious. Never did we have to wait for oysters to be on our table! The event was amazing and we had so much fun supporting the animals!”
“This is the best oyster roast! It’s a fun time to share with friends, and give back to the animals!”
“We had a wonderful time, with wonderful food and music! It was great to be part of such a wonderful night supporting Dorchester Paws!”
My husband and I are old timers and attend each oyster roast. It’s always a fun time and we look forward to it every year!
The oysters are always fabulous and the venue is beautiful! This is the best oyster roast I attend each year!
Place your company at the forefront of the community when you show your support for Dorchester Paws and the animals at the Paws & Pearls Oyster Roast!
Do you have an item you would like to provide to be auctioned at the Paws & Pearls Oyster Roast? Contact us!
Purchase your tickets online for the Paws & Pearls Oyster Roast on February 1st.
Special Anniversary Edition Tickets – $20
Ticket Prices Beginning December 21st – $40
Tickets will be available at the door for $60
Please bring one of the following as proof of ownership: rabies certificate, veterinary records, photo(s).
Stray animals with no microchip are held for 5 days. Stray animals with a microchip are held for 14 days before they may be adopted by a new family. It’s important to check back regularly.
There are fees to reclaim your pet, including a $25 per day room & board fee. Fees vary depending on how your animal was brought to the shelter, length of stay and procedures required by law prior to being released from custody.
If you are unable to care for the pet that you’ve found while you try to find its owner, stray pets can be turned in to Dorchester Paws during our hours of operation for admissions. Please note, our admissions department is closed on Sundays for any strays or animals found.
When you arrive at Dorchester Paws, please enter our admissions office through the front of the building. Our staff will ask you questions about where and when the animal was found, explain the admitting process and how you can further assist finding the pet’s home.
If the animal appears sick, injured or aggressive, please call Dorchester County Animal Control immediately at (843) 563-0015.
Do not leave an animal at Dorchester Paws after hours. If you are unable to care for a pet you have found until morning, please call Dorchester County Animal Control.
136 Four Paws Lane
Summerville, SC 29483
Monday – Sunday
12pm – 5pm
Monday – Sunday
7:30am – 6pm
Serving Dorchester County, South Carolina since 1972