Each year in Richland and Lexington Counties more than 15,000 dogs and cats enter two main municipal shelters, and each year over 7,700 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 51% euthanasia rate compared to the national average of 64%. 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.
In this day and time there are other, more humane, means of dealing with companion pet overpopulation. Preventing companion animal births through wide scale spay/neuter initiatives is the key to resolving this issue. Many such programs have proven successful across the United States and not only definitively reduce pet overpopulation and the need for euthanasia but, by extension, reduce the escalating tax burden of animal control. Without intervention, municipal animal control budgets will continue to rise as the pet population increases with no end in sight.
Pawmetto Lifeline firmly believes that if pets aren't born then they do not have to die. Please watch this short video which more fully explains the issue at hand.
Virtual Tour and Informational Video
Take a virtual tour of the Meyer Finlay Pet Adoption Center and learn more about Pawmetto Lifeline and how we are solving the problem of pet overpopulation in the Midlands of South Carolina.If you are interested in visiting our facility, please know that individuals and families are welcome any time we're open! If you would like to come visit as a group, please contact Karen Deas, firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-465-9173 for more information.