17,568 pets saved
Each year in Richland and Lexington Counties more than 17,000 dogs and cats enter two main municipal shelters, and each year over 10,000 of those same dogs and cats are put to death. Companion animal overpopulation is rampant in South Carolina and continues to escalate. The Midlands currently has an 63% euthanasia rate compared to the national average of 23%. The majority of these animals are happy and healthy and able to be adopted into loving homes. Most of them were someone's pet but as fate and circumstances would have it they were unlucky enough to find themselves in a shelter.