South Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption Listings

The rescue of South Carolina dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small domestic mammals, is critical to the well-being of these companions.  This page is dedicated to providing rescue lists for all South Carolina pets.  We thank all those people who give unselfishly to the saving and placement of the less fortunate, and we hope that any heartache you encounter is overwhelmed by the happiness you make.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  It is PGAA’s desire to provide a list of adoption and rescue sites that rescue pets and, hopefully, place them into new loving and caring homes.  While we make every effort to only publish links from reputable rescue agencies, we HAVE NOT physically reviewed these organizations.  Let us know of any unfavorable experiences that you may have had with any rescue/adoption group at PGAA Rescues.

It is difficult to continually maintain a completely valid list of operating rescue agencies so some of these rescues may no longer be operating.  Your cooperation in notifying us of closed rescues will also be appreciated.

Search Recommendations

  • Click on your state and scroll down to the appropriate pet
  • If you don’t find a group in your state search the surrounding states
  • Still no luck?  Go to the National section and scroll to the appropriate pet
  • When all else fails E-mail us for assistance

South Carolina Adoption and Rescue Organizations.

Please use caution when considering placing an animal with any one involved in animal rescue, or if you get an animal from a rescue/adoption agency. Get references and do some investigation on your own.  Long-distance/sight unseen adoptions can be risky.

A “Yes” in the No-Kill column means that the rescue is a shelter where animals are only euthanized if they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be suitable for adoption.

Cats Only
Cats and Dogs
Dogs-All Breeds
Dogs By Breed
Other Animals

Rock Hill All All RECYCLED PETS, INC.(803) 981-5087
Cats Only
East Coast Cats Maine Coon Cats Contact:  East Coast Maine Coon Rescue (ECMCR)
South Carolina Cats All SC Cat Rescue Groups
Columbia SC Cats All The Sunset Felines
Columbia SC Cats Feral Cats and Feral Kittens Midlands Kittens
Huger SC 29450 Cats All Feline Refuge, Inc Yes
Cats and Dogs
Aiken, SC 29801 Cats and Dogs All Aiken County Animal Shelter
Alexis, NC 28006 Cats and Dogs All Tri-County Animal Rescue
Charleston SC 29412 Cats and Dogs All Pet Helpers Yes
Charlotte, NC 28224 Cats and Dogs All Carolina Pet Adoption and Welfare Society
Clover, SC 29710 Cats and Dogs All Furry Friends Rescue Center Yes
Columbia, SC 29290 Cats and Dogs All Patter Pets
Columbia, SC 29202 Cats and Dogs All Pawmetto Life Line
Columbia SC 29202 Cats and Dogs All Project Pet Yes
Columbia SC 29250 Cats and Dogs All Animal Protection League of S.C. Yes
Columbia SC Cats and Dogs All
Columbia SC Cats and Dogs All Wescott Acres Rescue Program
Cornelius, NC 28031 Cats and Dogs All Catering to Cats and Dogs
Fort Mill, SC 29708 Cats and Dogs All Humane Society of York County Yes
Greenville, SC 29609 Cats and Dogs All Greenville County Animal Care
Greenville, SC 29607 Cats and Dogs All Greenville Humane Society
Hilton Head Island SC 29926 Cats and Dogs All Hilton Head Island Humane Society Yes
Kershaw County Cats and Dogs All Windy Ridge Rescue Yes
Lexington, SC 29071 Cats and Dogs All Cullen’s Archangel RescuE Yes
Midlands of South Carolina Cats and Dogs All PETSinc Yes
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 Cats and Dogs All Whiskers Animal Rescue & Sanctuary Yes
North Charleston, SC 29406 Cats and Dogs All Charleston Animal Society Yes
North Myrtle Beach, SC Cats and Dogs All Kind Keeper No Kill Animal Rescue Yes
Ridgeland, SC 29936 Cats and Dogs All Jasper Animal Rescue Mission
Seneca 29678 Cats and Dogs All The Animal Rescue Fund of South Carolina
Sumter County Cats and Dogs All Windy Ridge Rescue Yes
Swansea, SC 29160 Cats and Dogs All Cullen’s Archangel Rescue, Inc. Yes
Townville, SC 29689 Cats and Dogs All Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of South Carolina Yes
West Columbia, SC 29170 Cats and Dogs All FIDO Dog Rescue
West Columbia, SC 29171 Cats and Dogs All Pets, Inc Yes
Windy Ridge Cats and Dogs All Windy Ridge Rescue
York Cats and Dogs All Richardson Rescue Yes
Dogs Any Breed
Anderson, SC 29624 Dogs All 4PETSAKE ANIMAL RESCUE
Bethune, 29009 Dogs All Save The Strays
Charlotte, NC 28299 Dogs All North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue Yes
Greenville, SC 29606 Dogs All Pet Tender Angels
Myrtle Beach Dogs All Steve’s Dog Shelter Site Yes
South Carolina Dogs Giant Breed Dogs and All Breed Puppies Hugs for Hounds
Beaufort , SC 29901 Dogs All Chain Free Beaufort
Hilton Head SC Dogs All Lovable Paws Rescue
York Dogs All Richardson Rescue Yes
Dogs By Breed
South Carolina Dogs Airedale Dixie and Molly of South Carolina Yes
South Carolina Dogs America Eskimo Fluffy White Paws  E-mail:Judy Malanowski, Carolina Eskie Coalition
South Carolina Dogs Australian Shepherd Southesat Aussie Rescue and Placement
North Carolina Dogs Basset Hound Carolina Basset Hound Rescue
Columbia, SC 29202 Dogs Basset Hound Basset Rescue Crew of the Southeast
South Carolina Dogs Boston Terrier Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee Yes
Hickory, NC 28260 also South Carolina Dogs Boxer Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue, Inc. Yes
South Carolina Dogs Boxer Carolina Boxer Rescue
South Carolina Dogs Bulldog, English and French Bullies 2 the Rescue
Greenville SC Dogs Bulldog Bulldog Club of Greenville
Northwestern South Carolina Dogs Bulldog Smokey Mountains English Bulldog Rescue
Midlands South Carolina Dogs Bull Terrier Recycla-Bull Terrier Rescue
South Carolina Dogs Chinook Joyce Maley at e-mail:
Columbia SC 29222 Dogs Cocker Spaniel Carolina Cocker Rescue
Columbia, SC, 29169 Dogs Dachshund Furever Dachshund Rescue Yes
South Carolina Dogs Dalmatian Adopt A Spot
Lexington, SC 29071 Dogs Doberman Brokendobe Doberman Rescue
South Carolina Dogs English Bulldog On the Rebound English Bulldog Rescue
Northwestern South Carolina Dogs English Bulldog Smokey Mountains English Bulldog Rescue
South Carolina Dogs Golden Retrievers Low Country Golden Retriever Rescue Resource
South Carolina Dogs Golden Retrievers Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue 864-234-9739
South Carolina Dogs Golden Retrievers Grateful Golden Rescue of the Low Country 843-971-9483
South Carolina Dogs Great Dane Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Catawba County Dogs Great Pyrenees Great Pyrenees Rescue of Western North Carolina
NC, SC, GA Dogs Greyhound Greyhound Crossroads
South Carolina Dogs Greyhound Greyhound Pets of America-South Carolina – Liz Robson  803-749-3174
NC, SC, GA Dogs Greyhound Greyhound Lifesaver Yes
South Carolina Dogs Greyhound Greyhounds and Love, Inc
South Carolina Dogs Labrador Retriever Labrador Friends
Charleston, SC Dogs Labrador Retriever LowCountry Lab Rescue
Charleston, SC 29413 Dogs Labrador Retriever Wild Heir Labrador Rescue
Columbia, SC 29202 Dogs Pitbull Friendly Pawmetto Life Line
Fort Mill, SC 29715 Dogs Pit Bulls South of the Bully Rescue
South Carolina Dogs Pomeranians Fluffy White Paws  E-mail:Judy Malanowski, Carolina Eskie Coalition
South Carolina Dogs Pug Pug Lovers Rescue Yes
NC, SC, TN, VA Dogs Pug Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue
South Carolina Dogs Rottweiler North Carolina Rottweiler Rescue (NCRR) Yes
Charleston Dogs Weimaraner Greater Charleston Weimaraner Club’s Rescue
Carolinas Dogs West Highland Terrier Stephen Di Giulian, Westie Rescue Mid Atlantic,Dunn Loring, VA 22027, 703-671-1039 (24Hr Infoline)
Other Animals
South Carolina Ferrets All Ferret Guardian Rescue Haven
South Carolina Ferrets All Pebbs Pets
South Carolina Horses All Providing Equine Education and Rescue (P.E.E.R.)