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Dorchester Paws

136 Four Paws Lane
Summerville, SC 29483

Our Mission

Dorchester Paws is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving the lost, abandoned and abused animals of Dorchester County, South Carolina.

Dorchester Paws relies on donations of pet food, cat litter and other necessary items, including financial donations, to feed and shelter the animals of Dorchester County. 

Donate today:
Text: "paws" to 71760
Venmo @dorchesterpaws

OR Visit our Amazon Wishlist to donate items in need.

To foster, visit us at
To volunteer, visit us at

Adoption Policy

Dorchester Paws works to make the best match possible between people and pets. We are always working to place animals in responsible, loving homes.

When adopting an animal, a valid and current photo ID is required. Most importantly, plan to spend some time at the shelter getting to know your new pet.

If you are interested in adopting a dog, an adoption counselor will take you to an outdoor pen to meet him/her. We want to make sure whomever you choose will be the right match for you.

If you are adopting from Dorchester Paws, cats must leave in a carrier and dogs must leave on a leash. You may bring your own or purchase one at the shelter for a nominal charge.

Plan to bring everyone who lives in your household along so they may meet your new pet! If you have a dog at home and are planning to adopt a dog, it is important to bring your pet to meet the new dog.

If you rent your home, please check with your landlord before coming to Dorchester Paws to make sure you are familiar with their pet policies.

To see what animals are available for adoption, please visit the Adoptable Dogs page or Adoptable Cats page at

Dorchester Paws is located at 136 Four Paws Lane in Summerville off Highway 78 next to the Interfor Lumber Mill.

Adoption hours are everyday 12-5pm.

Phone: 843-871-3820

  • day hours
    Monday 12-5
    Tuesday 12-5
    Wednesday 12-5
    Thursday 12-5
    Friday 12-5
    Saturday 12-5
    Sunday 12-5
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