Do you need assistance providing food for your pets? Dorchester Paws can help! Apply for our Pet Food Pantry today.
Pet Food Pantry FAQ
What is the Pet Food Pantry?
Dorchester Paws’ Pet Food Pantry is a temporary service offered to the residents of Dorchester County. It should not be considered as a permanent source of pet food.
How often can I get food for my pets?
We will provide food up to twice per month. The recipient will be allowed to be in the program for 6 months only. If your situation changes and you no longer require assistance, please let us know so we are able to assist another family. Once a recipient has completed his/her allotted time, a waiting period of 6 months will be needed before you can reapply.
How do I qualify for the program?
You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid ID. You will need to provide proof of Dorchester County residency via a current utility bill with current address. Proof of government assistance, unemployment, income status or disability is required to be a part of the program. You must provide a means to be contacted (working phone number, email address, etc.)
Only one person per household/address can receive benefits from the Pet Food Pantry. The recipient, family member, or acquaintances living or staying with the animals on this program cannot have any animal neglect or cruelty charges against or pending against them.
The household is limited to four (4) pets on the program, and pet food recipients cannot take on any additional animals while receiving assistance. Pets must be a part of the family with inside shelter and must be maintained in a healthy environment and living conditions. All pets must be up-to-date on vaccines, including rabies vaccine, and must be spayed or neutered.
Recipients agree not to hold Dorchester Paws, its volunteers and benefactors legally liable in the unfortunate event your pet(s) become ill or the food upsets a pet(s) stomach.
Recipients understand that the food and supplies are given as a donation and are to be treated as such. Food and supplies are not to be sold, given away or returned to the store. Such acts will terminate the recipient from the program.
Do you provide food for feral animals?
We do not supply food to feral animals. We do not have a trap, neuter and release program, therefore we cannot assist in the feeding of feral animals.
How do I apply?
You can come to Dorchester Paws from 12-5 pm every day except Wednesday to apply for the program. Staff will assist you and answer any additional questions you may have.
136 Four Paws Lane
Summerville, SC 29483
Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 5pm
Friday: 1pm – 7pm
Saturday: 12pm – 7pm
Serving Dorchester County, South Carolina since 1972