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The Healing Species

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

P.O. Box 1202
Orangeburg, SC 29116
(803) 860-2593
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Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We serve the Midlands, Low Country and other areas within South Carolina. We are also able to serve lower North Carolina and Upper and Eastern parts of Georgia.

About Our Rescue Group:

The Healing Species began 10 years ago as a violence intervention/character and compassion based 11-week curriculum. We take rescued dogs into 6th grade classrooms and juvenile incarceration facilities and teach the children a process from which to understand and overcome abuse, neglect and grief while teaching life skills in self-esteem, conflict resolution, anger management, respect for the feelings of others, and in gaining success through acts of compassion and responsibility instead of returning "violence for violence." Repeatedly, at some point through the 11 weeks, we have had students tell us about a neighborhood dog or cat that is being abused, about their personal pet who is suffering or other stories of animals in need. In response to these reports of abuse and to show the children what true compassion is, we have recently opened our Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is where dogs and cats, usually the worst of the worst (mange, broken limbs, embedded collars) can come to find refuge from their abusive lives and learn to trust humans again. Once their broken bodies have been repaired and their broken spirit has been restored, we take them out to adoption events to help them find their forever home. The Sanctuary is run by loving volunteers, who are willing to give up their days in order to take care of the dogs and cats in our care. We are a very small non-profit that financially runs off of donations.

Come Meet our Pets:

We attend adoption events on Saturdays at either the Columbia, SC PetSmart or the Summerville, SC PetSmart. All other adoptions are arranged by appointment only.

Our Adoption Process:

We require an adoption application be filled out, including the names of 3 references. Our adoption fee is $110.00, which includes the animal's spay/neuter fee and shots. We reserve the right to do a home visit prior to the adoption. Potential adopters must agree to care for the animal for the remainder of the pet's life and we insist that if for any reason an adoption does not work out, the animal be returned to us and the adoption fee is non-refundable.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.