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Our Featured Orangeburg, SC Partner:

The Healing Species

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

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We serve the Midlands, Low Country and other areas within South Carolina.

About Our Shelter:

The Healing Species began in 1999 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 opened our Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is where dogs, 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 in our care. We are a very small non-profit that financially runs off of donations.

Come Meet our Pets:

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 $150.00, 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.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

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 or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.