CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Pet Helpers Adoption Center is launching the Barksgiving Day Foster Program, encouraging community members to invite shelter dogs to spend Thanksgiving dinner with them.

Beginning Monday through Wednesday, 11/22, interested fosters staying in the area this Thanksgiving are invited to pick out a dog to take home for Thanksgiving dinner.

All supplies the dog will need overnight, including food, toys, a crate, etc., will be provided to the foster by Pet Helpers.

If you would like more information on the Barksgiving Day program, email

“Shelter life can be stressful and confusing for some dogs, so a few days in a loving home can do wonders for a pet, both emotionally and physically,” states Melissa Susko, Executive Director. “…Our hope is to place each and every one of our dogs with a family for the holiday season. This means they can enjoy zooming around, lounging on the couch, or begging for pet-friendly scraps at the dinner table. After fostering, the feedback we receive is incredibly valuable to our staff as they assess how your furry visitor did in a home environment.”