Since 1997, the Darlington County Humane Society has cared for Darlington County’s homeless pets from what used to be the Darlington County Dog Pound. The original facility was located on one acre of land surrounded by swamp land and was renovated to look more like a shelter. However, the aging building and cramped quarters are catching up to the growing number of abandoned animals brought in each year, and clean, adequate shelter for the dogs and cats surrendered daily is becoming a luxury.
In 2017 alone, over 3,000 animals were brought to the shelter—cats, kittens, dogs and puppies alike. At present, cats are placed in converted storage sheds or adapted outdoor dog kennels with no real insulation from harsh weather. Dogs are in close kennels with no area dedicated to running and stretching, even during cleaning, unless volunteers come to walk them on leads.
With a growing number of incoming pets each year and increasingly dramatic weather conditions like floods, uncharacteristic freezes, and hurricanes to which the animals are exposed, we have reached a point where a new and improved shelter is a necessity. Our existing shelter that has been standing for many years is now simply inadequate for providing the care and shelter it is expected to provide.
We need your support to make this a reality! The abandoned and stray pets of Darlington County deserve to have decent housing while they await new homes. The new facility will cost approximately $1,000,000. Donors can make a one-time donation or recurring donations securely online with any major credit card, debit card, or bank account.
For the following gifts, donors will be acknowledged and remembered with a plaque over a room at the new new shelter and infinite gratitude.
Canine Guest Housing
Feline Guest Housing
Food Storage Area
Medical Supply Room
with your help, we can make this vision a reality.
The new indoor facility will help save more animals. The design will help keep animals healthy by providing a clean environment and will move the animals from the current outdoor kennels surrounded by swamp land into an indoor facility. Additionally, the new facility will contain the animals in proper climate-controlled sleeping areas to protect them from extreme summer heat and freezing temperatures. These reasons alone will reduce the number of animal deaths and increase the number of adoptions.
The new facility will provide the appropriate space for vetting animals and larger adoption areas will be constructed to make the selection process easier, more efficient, and fun.
Additionally, as a part of the original design, we included an exercise area for the dogs, which would enable them to release energy, reducing “kennel fever” and ensuring they are happy and healthy when they meet their adopters. Thanks to a generous donor, this was completed on April 6, 2018. Watch this video and see the joy in the first dog that was released; run Queen, run!
An Idea is Born
Planning and research begin.
$250,000 seed gift donated.
Exercise Run Complete
A new exercise run, the first phase of the new shelter to be completed, opens. Watch Queen take it for a test run.
With your generosity, we were able to raise $45,005 at Evening Under the Oaks 2018 to get this campaign off to a roaring start! Thank you!
This is where we need your help!
A Better Shelter for A Better Darlington County
It's our dream and goal to have our amazing new facility complete by end of 2019. With your support, we can do it.
We are incredibly fortunate to live in a community that is deeply entrenched in serving its own, whether that be less fortunate humans or less fortunate pets. An anonymous local donor has made a donation of $250,000 and Carolina Bank has pledged $25,000 over 5 years to get us closer to our goal. With an overall goal of $1,000,000, we are off to a good start—this is where you step in.
DCHS is best known for rescuing and facilitating adoption for pets in the county. However, they also provide medical attention, spay and neuter pets, and actively rescue animals from neglect, cruelty and abandonment.
Our costs grow every year. The Humane Society relies heavily on donations and volunteers to accomplish these missions.
In 2017, the county approved approximately half of the funds necessary to operate the shelter on an annual basis. This does not include expenses for the Darlington County Bridge transitional facility, Rescue, or Spay/Neuter Outreach which rely solely on private donations. All four work hand in hand towards our mission of promoting humane care of dogs and cats in Darlington County.
The Darlington County Bridge Transitional Facility is a safe haven for homeless pets who are spoken for by rescue organizations, but need a place to stay prior to transport. The Bridge supports the shelter by moving animals off of their campus to open up space for intake. This facility is solely funded by private donations, which provide boarding until transport, extra medical care, and exercise in a less chaotic environment. The shelter, the Bridge facility, and Rescue have worked together over the last several years to dramatically reduce the euthanasia rate at the shelter and provide the most comfortable temporary home for animals in need until they find their furever homes.
Thousand Animals Served
Since 1996, the Darlington County Humane Society's has grown to care for more than 3,000 animals each year.
Years Serving Our County
We have been serving Darlington County by improving the wellbeing of our community and its animals for over 22 years.
Thousand Dollars raisEd
We're off to a good start with this campaign, but we need your help to finish and bring a new animal shelter to life.
"We would like to thank everyone who is supporting our vision for a new shelter. Please consider making a one-time or recurring donation towards building a safe haven for the animals of Darlington County and for the love of fur and whiskers."
– JoEllyn Watson, DCHS board member, Capital Campaign committee & Becky Skipper, EUTO Chair and Capital Campaign committee
"We’re getting a new shelter and volunteers and donors are making it happen! We have already acquired approximately six acres of land adjacent to the shelter. Our exercise fence for the dogs behind the bread warehouse is almost finished! The Darlington shelter is taking steps for our future!"
– Kim Tiedemann, DCHS board member
"Our staff and animals have suffered for too many years with an inadequate facility. We do so much with so little. It’s time to make Darlington County Humane Society an example to all the counties in South Carolina. It’s time to show them what Humane really means!"
– Donna Maguire, DCHS board member
We would love for you to come meet all of our wonderful pets. They love when volunteers come play with them and take them for walks. We also desperately need volunteers for foster animals for a few weeks at a time to help our animals more time to be adopted.
If you're interested in volunteering, fostering, or donating to our animals, please click below to let us know!
Our pets love for volunteers to come play with them, snuggle them, and take them for walks!
Our animals need short-term foster homes to give them more time to find an adopted home.
Make a Donation
If you don't care to give money, the shelter always needs food, towels, and other supplies.
donors & partners
A generous local donor kicked off this campaign with a $250,000 gift.
Palmetto Furniture is generously donating furniture and furnishings for the new office and reception area.
Low Country Evening 2017
We had a great time at our inaugural Low Country Evening, and we also raised over fifteen thousand dollars with help from supporters like you!
The Coker Foundation has made a gracious gift to support the wellbeing of Darlington County and homeless pets in it.
Evening Under the Oaks 2019
Thanks to everyone who came to Evening Under the Oaks 2019 and your continuing generosity. We were able to raise more money this year and than last, moving us ever closer to our dream! Thank you!