Our Mission Statement

We are committed to the rescue and adoption of animals from shelters thereby reducing the euthanasia of adoptable pets within our community. Using community resources, we will provide and support an adoptive friendly no-kill shelter for these rescued animals while they wait on their “forever” homes.


Our Mission:

Our mission is clear….. to rescue adoptable animals scheduled to die…..animals that have found themselves in high kill shelters.   Perhaps they were abandoned, lost, or picked up by shelter personnel for various reasons such as abuse, being homeless or dropped off on the side of some cold dark road.

Some animals are surrendered to animal control by their owners because they are no longer cute or small.   They’re surrendered because they exhibit unwanted behaviors often simply because they did not get enough exercise and love.   Some are simply surrendered because their family can no longer afford them, pay for expensive medical needs, or take the animal with them because they are forced to move.

What do these animals all have in common?    They all just want to be loved and have a place to call their “forever” home.   They want to be a companion, they want to be loyal, and they want to love unconditionally.   A majority of these animals have done nothing wrong.   They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and the minutes are ticking away until they will no longer have a life unless someone rescues them.

We are committed to give as many dogs as we possibly can a second chance;  a chance to know love, to belong, and most importantly, to live.   Won’t you help us give them that second chance?   Join the team!!   Come to our monthly meetings the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at the Del Web Indian Land Library or visit with us at one of our many adoption drives (see calendar of events for details).

How we began:

Paws In The Panhandle was founded January 1, 2010, by Gloria Davey of Indian Land, SC.   After retiring, Gloria spent 3 years working with organizations within York and Lancaster Counties.    It quickly became evident to her that something must be done within the Indian Land area.   She solicited several others, Rusty May and Linda Adams, who were instrumental in the start-up.

AboutOur Organization:

Paws in the Panhandle is a 501c3 organization made up of a growing group of dedicated individuals.    We are not interested in profit, except for the heart felt benefits that come when one of our deserving animals leave us to join their new “forever” family for the remainder of their animal life.

We save as many animals as we can.   We give them shelter, medical care, regular high quality meals, comfort, stability, training, and an abundance of love.   Then we work very hard to find them the very best home possible by screening applicants and working with families to find their “perfect match”.

Currently we are foster based.   This means that all of the animals we save must live in foster homes until the perfect “forever” home is found for them.   During the time they are in foster care, they learn about living as a family member, understanding “house/yard rules”.   They interact with the foster family, both 2 legged and 4 legged members.    This allows the animal to develop their beautiful unique personality and allows the foster family to learn things such as the animal’s individual quirks, habits, temperament, and other endearing qualities.    This is key in placing the animal with the “right” owner(s).

As our mission statement reads, it is our long term goal to provide an adoptive friendly no-kill shelter to house these rescued animals while they wait on their “forever” homes.    This will take time, lots of volunteer help, and community resources to make this happen.   We as an organization are engaged and dedicated and with your help, are sure this will happen for our county in the foreseeable future.

About our name:

Indian Land is located in Lancaster County, SC, in what is locally known as the “Panhandle.”    Since our animals are with us for a short time before finding their “forever” homes, we like to say they “pause” or “Paws” with us here in the Panhandle;  thus the name, Paws In The Panhandle.

“The greatness of a nation…can be judged by the way it treats its animals.”  -Gandhi

8 thoughts on “Home

    1. JBunting

      Hi Sarah. Our adoption fee is $210. That cost covers the animal’s shots, spay or neuter, food and any other expenses that may accrue during the fostering process. We try to alleviate as much of the financial burden on our foster parents as possible. Thank you for your interest in our cause and if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Gloria @ 803-371-0897 or email us @ pawsintheph@aol.com.


    have a Jack Russell he is neutered and house broken. Bruizer is 12 years old, I need to find him a good home, I have a job where I will be doing some traveling now and I cant leave him home alone during those times. I havent had any luck trying to find a place for him on my own and picked up your card at pet smart. Hope you can help me I really dont want to have to take him to the pound. That would be heartbreaking.
    Let me know if you can help or if you know someone I can contact.
    Thank you

    1. Laura Daughter

      Hope you have rehomed your pet by now. We only save animals directly from shelters. Unfortunately, if you turn him over to Animal Control, they will probably euthanize him that day or whenever they next do euthanizations. Best of luck with your dear little friend.

  2. Merrill Beach

    Do rescue cats also? They also need help. My husband and I used to take them in until he passes away. I had to take mine to the shelter after having them for 12 years.

    It’s too bad people don’t feel the same way about cats.


    1. JBunting

      Hi Merrill. Yes, we do rescue cats. In our local kill shelter, 3 times as many cats are euthanized compared to dogs. However, when our staff checked the local kill shelter on April 28th, they did NOT have any cats up for adoption. In fact, there was only 1 cat on the records. Thankfully, she was in an adoption program at a local pet store. We were both surprised and pleased by this news. Like you, we can only hope that this means more people are taking an interest in cats.
      I am sorry to hear about your cats, but it sounds like you cared for them very much! Thank you for your interest in PAWS IN THE PANHANDLE and keep spreading the wonderful word about cats :)

  3. donice cude

    Do you have volunteer opportunities that a friend of mine in a wheelchair could help with? She lives in Fort Mill, is a 41 year old, educated, articulate, nonambulatory lady with time on her hands. I have her “permission” to seek activities that are mentally stimulating, provide a social outlet and/or give her a sense of self worth.

    1. JBunting

      Absolutely :) We have plenty of activities in which she could participate. We have yard sales on the first Saturday of every month at Paws Place on Barberville Rd. We always need help selling merchandise. Your friend could foster or volunteer at the Paws Thrift Store. There are also things she could do from home (media, ebay, grant research.)
      Gloria is responsible for scheduling volunteers. You or your friend can call her 803-371-0897 or 803-802-7297 or email her pawsintheph@aol.com.


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