About Pet Helpers
About Our Shelter...
We invite you to visit our Adoption Center and to meet our many feline and canine residents. At any one time, there are 130-150 cats and 40-60 dogs in our care. Each one of them will live with us until they find a home. Each adoption saves the lives of two animals: that of the animal being adopted, and that of the animal taking its place at Pet Helpers.
Pet Helpers is a private, non-profit 501c 3 Adoption Center and Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic that serves communities across the Lowcountry. Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animal cruelty prosecution; and initiating animal welfare legislation.
Pet Helpers was founded in 1976 by Carol Linville, now President of Pet Helpers, after she read that 8,000 pets were being euthanized each year at local shelters. It began as a weekly 'adopt a pet' column. Thirty years later, that column has grown into Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic, one of the foremost pet rescue organizations in South Carolina. Pet Helpers has slowly evolved into a widely recognized, innovative shelter that offers caring solutions to the serious problems created by pet overpopulation.
For over 30 years, we have focused on the needs of homeless animals. Through a commitment to quality sheltering and required spay and neuter, we have worked tirelessly to save those animals that are without human guardianship. We service the tri-county ares of Berkeley, Dorchester, and Charleston Counties, where we are the only independent adoption shelter of our kind that is full staffed and maintains regular business hours. We answer 20,000 calls a year to provide assistance and information to the public concerning animal issues.
We are able to accomplish so much thanks to the support of the community. We appreciate all of your support as we continue to grow.
Donate to Our Shelter...
To make a donation, please visit our website at:
Come Meet Our Pets...
Our Adoption Center is open 7 days a week:
Monday thru Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
The James Island PetSmart is having it's Grand Opening on Saturday, January 21st. We will have cats available for adoption during store hours and dogs on the weekends!
We also have off-site events most weekends! Please check out our website www.pethelpers.org.
Our Adoption Process...
When you adopt from Pet Helpers, we promise that your new pet will be loving and loyal to you for the remainder of its life. We also promise that your pet has received the highest level of care and attention while residing at Pet Helpers.
In addition to providing high quality medical care, the Pet Helpers staff has showered your pet with love and gentle guidance throughout its stay with us.
The newest addition to your family is:
- Current on vaccines
- Heartworm tested (dogs)
- FIV / FELV tested (cats)
- Up to date on flea / tick / worm preventative
We strive to find the best home for our pets possible to ensure that pets are in a forever home.
- You must be at least 21 year of age to adopt
- We prefer that everyone in the household be present to meet the pet
- If you are adopting a dog, we require any other dogs in the house to approve the new addition via a meet and greet prior to the adoption
- If you are a renter, we require a verbal okay from your landlord that you can have a pet, or equivalent permission.
Adult Cats (over 6 months): $100
Adult Dogs (over 6 months): $100
Small Breed Dogs (under 30 lbs): starts at $200 and up
We greatly appreciate your help understanding these requirements. We have these in place to ensure the success and happiness of your forever home for you, your human family, your new pet from Pet Helpers, and any other pets in your household...after all, you aren't adopting just a pet-- but a new family member!