Columbia SC animal shelter welcomes emergency adoptions

Prince Eric and Flounder, to cats for adoption at Palmetto Lifeline in Colombia.

Prince Eric and Flounder, to cats for adoption at Palmetto Lifeline in Colombia.

Courtesy of Palmetto Lifeline

A local animal shelter is holding an emergency adoption until further notice to help save more pets from euthanasia amid an overcapacity crisis.

Palmetto Lifeline, a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Columbia, said in a press release Tuesday that each of its kennels was full and many dogs were housed in crates.

As such, the organization is on admissions pending, meaning it can no longer save animals from euthanasia in municipal shelters in the Midlands until it finds homes for the animals. animals in her care.

To encourage adoptions, Palmetto Lifeline has significantly reduced adoption fees.

  • Dogs 35 pounds and over are now $50.
  • Cats are now $50.
  • Kittens are now $75 or adopt two for $125.
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A dog named Fancy who is available for adoption from Palmetto Lifeline in Colombia. Courtesy of Palmetto Lifeline

Palmetto Lifeline’s plea for help comes more than two weeks after Columbia Animal Services announced its shelter was filled to capacity with dogs and urged the public to help through adoption.

According to its website, Columbia Animal Services euthanizes animals. The site notes, however, that animal services are working to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets through “an aggressive neutering program.”

Fostering is also a way to open kennels and help save more lives, says Palmetto Lifeline. The non-profit organization provides food, medical care and supplies to their foster families.

“We were one of the few organizations to stay open during COVID. We have worked with other organizations to achieve an 85% live stream rate in the Midlands,” Denise Wilkinson, CEO of Pawmetto Lifeline, said in the press release. “Please, if you are able to adopt or foster a kitten, dog or cat, step in and help us get closer to our goal of No-Kill status in the Midlands. “

Pawmetto Lifeline is open for adoptions Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the last meeting at 5:30 p.m. It is recommended that you complete an online adoption application prior to your visit to www.pawmettolifeline.org to reduce wait times.

Visit the pets available for adoption at Columbia Animal Shelter, 127 Humane Lane. Visit www.columbiasc.net/animal-services or call 803-776-PETS (7387) for more information.

Patrick McCreless is the on-duty journalism editor for The State, where he and a team of reporters write about the hottest news of the day and topics that help readers in their daily lives and better inform them about their communities. He attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama and grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL.

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