The City Magazine Since 1975


August 2014

Winston, a two-year-old male shelter blend, lives to play, knows commands, and loves to travel. Adopt him at Charleston Animal Society.

Whether you’re looking for a particular breed or a Heinz 57 mutt that’s ready to lick and love to the point of exhaustion, chances are that you’ll find the perfect “fur-ever” friend at a local shelter or dog rescue organization. Charleston’s animal shelters, both public and private, are often filled to capacity. To support the overall goal of becoming a “no kill” community, consider adopting a dog from one of these dedicated centers. For a comprehensive list of dog rescues in the Carolinas, visit

Charleston Animal Society: 2455 Remount Rd., North Charleston; (843) 747- 4849;

Pet Helpers: 1447 Folly Rd., James Island; (843) 795-1110;

Doc Williams SPCA Adoption Center: 502 Cypress Gardens Rd., Moncks Corner; (843) 761-5266;

Francis R. Willis SPCA: 136 Four Paws Ln., Summerville; (843) 871-3820;


These small-scale rescue organizations are often run by one dedicated person with a passion for a particular breed, supported by a network of foster families who give transient pups a home until they find a forever home. Rescues are a terrific way to adopt a dog that desperately need a human companion to call their own.

Basset Hounds: Carolina Basset Hound Rescue

Border Collies: Phoenix Rising Border Collie Rescue

Boxers: Carolina Boxer Rescue

Bulldogs & Pit Bulls: Noble One Bully Breed Rescue Terrier Rescue

Cattle Dogs: Carolina Australian Cattle Dog Rescue & Rebound

Dalmatians: Carolina Dalmatian Pals

Dobermans: Doberman Assistance Network

German Shepherds: Furlife German Shepherd Rescue

Great Danes: Charleston Area Great Dane Rescue

Greyhounds: Greyhound Pets of America – Charleston

Hounds: Carolina Coonhound Rescue

Labs: Lowcountry Lab Rescue

Large Breeds: Namaste Large Breed Rescue

Poodles: Carolina Poodle Rescue

Retrievers: Grateful Goldens

Schnauzers: Schnauzer Rescue of the Carolinas

Small Breeds: Heavenly Howls Rescue

Terriers: Boston Terrier Rescue of SC

Weimaraners: Weimaraner Rescue of SC

Abused Dogs: Noah’s Ark Rescue

All Breeds:
Leash on Life

Palmetto Paws Animal Rescue