Internet Stars Lend Their Fame to Help Homeless Animals Across South Carolina

WEDNESDAY | MAY 10, 2023 | CHARLESTON, SC — Internet sensation Johnathan Lower and his Golden Retriever Teddy (@AGuyAndAGolden) will be joining thousands of humans and their canine companions at Riverfront Park (1061 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405) on Saturday, June 10, 2023 for Celebrity Paws in the Park presented by Crews Subaru!  People and dogs can participate in the Walk for Animals from 9 am to 10 am and the day-long Celebrity Paws in the Park festival from 10 am to 3 pm.  Sign-up to participate or purchase advance tickets at CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/Paws.

Celebrity Paws in the Park is the largest animal event in South Carolina!  Plan to sit, stay and play all day in canine activity zones, including pet adoptions, Swift Paws lure coursing and canine demonstrations. See the world famous “K9s in Flight,” the country’s premier high-flying dog entertainers and enjoy live music headlined by Midnight City.  New this year is the “Barks & Brews” craft beer garden and hot air balloon rides for elevated all-day fun.

“We could not be more excited about having internet stars Johnathan & Teddy involved this year as our special celebrity hosts,” said President and CEO of Charleston Animal Society, Joe Elmore, CFRE, CAWA.  “With almost 6 million Tik Tok fans and over 1.5 billion social media video views, Johnathan & Teddy’s involvement will certainly bring our message about helping homeless animals to new audiences.” The viral sensations are internet spokespersons for such popular consumer products at Ring Doorbell, Swiffer and PetSmart

“Our first viral hit was Teddy Tuesday where I take our fans with us as Teddy and I spend the day together,” said Johnathan Lower. “My fiancé Katelyn Diane had the idea to take the Teddy Tuesday format and apply it to helping homeless dogs in shelters.  Shelter Dog Saturday was created where we take a homeless dog from Anderson County Paws out on a day long adventure and share that video online.  So far, every dog featured in Shelter Dog Saturday has been adopted shortly after the videos have premiered.”  The Shelter Dog Saturday promotion was recently featured in People Magazine under the headline “Tik Tok Series Finds Rescue Dogs New Homes.”  “We were so excited when Charleston Animal Society approached us about becoming involved with other organizations across South Carolina; we felt participating in Celebrity Paws in the Park was a great way to be a part of their event and to expand the meaning of our platform,” Lower said.


The Barks & Brews craft beer festival is a new part of the 2023 Celebrity Paws in the Park!  Local and regional craft breweries such as BrewlabTideland Brewing, Frothy Beard, SnafuCommon House, Palmetto BreweryTwo Blokes, and Bevi Beni are participating in this inaugural activity.  Purchase Barks & Brews pre-sale tickets now through June 9th. The $25 discounted price includes entry to both Celebrity Paws in the Park and Barks & Brews, a commemorative wrist band for you and a bandanna for your dog. You’ll also receive a souvenir glass plus tastings at participating breweries.


Charleston Animal Society is thrilled to welcome back Crews Subaru as the Presenting Sponsor for Celebrity Paws in the Park in its second year.  “For the last 13 years, Crews Subaru has partnered with Charleston Animal Society to support our lifesaving mission,” said Elmore.  “When we created Celebrity Paws in the Park as our spring signature event – an event that I know the community will fall in love with – we only approached Crews Subaru to partner with us as the Presenting Sponsor because we know of their commitment to this community and their support of organizations that help both people and pets.”

“As an integral part of our ‘The Subaru Love Promise’ to our community, we believe that people and pets are better together,” said Ken French, Marketing Guy for Crews Subaru. “As the 2021 Subaru Retailer of the Year, Crews supports many programs that benefit children, and Celebrity Paws in the Park brings our passions together.  We are honored to be the Presenting Sponsor for the next two years as Subaru Loves Pets!!”


Anyone who wants to participate in the Walk for Animals, Celebrity Paws in the Park or the Barks & Brew craft beer fest can sign up at CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/Paws. Friends of Charleston Animal Society are encouraged to create a fundraising team or fundraise as an individual to win prizes based on the amount of funds raised. All money raised will go to lifesaving care to thousands of animals each year at Charleston Animal Society.

There are opportunities for additional businesses to become involved in Celebrity Paws in the Park.  You can find information about becoming a sponsor at CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/Paws or by contacting Erin Nosker, Director of Business Partnerships and Events by email at enosker@charlestonanimalsociety.org or by phone at (843) 329-1541