PETS Inc., The Carolinas Humane Society

Rating: 4.85 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 300 Orchard Drive PO Box 6394 West Columbia SC 29171 USA

Mission: The mission of PETS Inc. is to assist the public with rescue, shelter, spay/neuter, and adoption of unwanted or found animals through addressing each animals’ physical and emotional needs and providing medical, nutritional, and rehabilitation services to ensure successful life-long adoptions and to educate the public about the causes and solutions to the dramatic plight of hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats in the United States.
Results: In its 19 year history, PETS Inc. has rescued over 35,000 dogs and cats, spayed and neutered over 40,000 dogs and cats, registered nearly 50,000 animals in our Ticket Home Pet Identification Program, reunited 6,500 pets with their owners, and assisted over 60,000 families with animal-related problems. PETS Inc. currently houses 200 rescued animals at its adoption center and provides assistance to an additional 50 or more in foster homes.
Target demographics: Stray and abandoned animals and people who may be in need of assistance with found animal or personal pet.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,500-5,000
Geographic areas served: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia
Programs: PETS Inc. assists our community and stray and unwanted animals through: • Adoption Program • Spay/Neuter Program • Lost & Found Program • Educational Program

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Pets Inc is absolutely amazing in the work they accomplish! This organization has accepted dogs from me that other rescues left at my home. These rescues left me with the vet bills, food bills, housing bills and the animal. I reached out to Pets Inc after doing some research on them and asked them to help me find homes for these animals. Jane Brundage did NOT hesitate, she took every animal I had and everyone single one of them found great homes through the efforts of Pets Inc. This organization has reached out to county shelters in S.C. and took dogs that did not have a chance otherwise. Pets Inc then provided the medical care all of them needed, housing, healthy food, and provided them with forever homes. It just amazes me that people in S.C. and/or Columbia aren't knocking the doors down at Pets Inc to either volunteer, raise funding for them, donate to them, etc. This is one organization in S.C. that shows the goodness that people are capable of against amazing odds. I just hope they can continue the great work!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This orgn accomplishes miracles for unwanted,stray, injured and abused animals in our community. However they receive little or no financial assistance from the counties although the 3,000+ animals they rescue yearly come from county taxpayers.

To be more independent they opened a spay/neuter clinic, a dental clinic, instituted a Cheap Shots program , as well as a "Spay Now/Pay Later Program for low income pet owners. They have an on-site pet-healthy and safe Pet Store with great quality pet food including alternative and holistic choices. Safe toys and quality supplies at very reasonable prices. It's obvious from your first visit there that the rescued pets are their main concern, and these people want adopters to leave with good advice and supplies for their new pet.

They are a 501(c)3 and have rescued and placed nearly 60,000 pets since they started in 1992, and with over 70,000 pets in the Columbia, SC area signed up in their "Ticket Home" program, they have been reuniting over 400 lost pets a year with their owners.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them obtain more grants. Encourage the public to increase donations to enable them to keep up their outstanding accomplishments for the animals in this area. They struggle from month to month and are the most deserving rescue organization I have experienced in my life.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so thankful for Pets Inc, everytime I have a question, or need help of any kind they are always there. They have the biggest hearts of any of the other pet places I have delt with. If I ever had to give up one of my pets this would be the only place I would feel they would be loved and well taken care of. Thank you Pets Inc Columbia SC

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I help out a few days a week at Pets Inc, I LOVE IT!! The reward I get helping these poor animals is priceless. These animals need love so bad and a good home. So many people forget about the older ones. If you could just see the love in there eyes your heart would drop. Please when your are thinking about a pet take the time and see the older dogs and cats I promise you cant leave without one. Thank you Pets Inc, for all you do where would these poor animals be without you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I got a older dog from Pets

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help raise funds

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

When our cat brought a 6 month old kitten to our house one day, we didn't know what to do. They seemed to be great friends...until the kitten entered our home and our cat started defending his territory. We got the kitten on Pets Inc's long waiting list but were lucky enough o find him a good home a couple of days later. Still, Pets Inc was nice enough to help the new family out with shots and getting him neutered. That's when I realized that this wonderful no-kill animal shelter was in need of help and I have been volunteering ever since. I'm more of a cat person, so I go and spend time with the cats and help keep them and their room clean. I also do the most rewarding volunteer experience - I foster kittens! I fostered 3 litters last year and I smile every time I think about them and the fact that they are now each in a loving permanent home.
I encourage everyone to support Pets Inc in anyway they can - donate, volunteer, be a foster parent, purchase pet supplies form their store and go shopping at their Thrift store. This is a wonderful charity who makes a difference in our community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping pet owners get affordable vaccines and spay/neuter services, place tens of thousands of stray animals into permanent loving homes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience with PETS Inc. was 7 years ago when my mom and I adopted a sweet little girl named Charm. She was 6 when we adopted her and she'd not had an easy life. But Charm was such a sweet girl and was there for our family whenever we needed to smile. Sadly, she passed away in November, 2010. When my husband and I were ready to bring another four legged child into our family, we both immediately thought of PETS, Inc. We entered and were given a sponsored adoption of our newest baby, Badger. Technically, Badger's not a baby as he's 14 years old but he's precious and I treasure his presence in our family. PETS Inc. is an amazing place and provides a much needed 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) chance for pets who haven't found their forever homes yet. They provide such a wonderful and caring environment to rehabilitate dogs and cats if needed. They have a fantastic fostering system. They're just an all around amazing place. The main thing they're lacking is money. They're a non-profit organization that depends on donations and, unfortunately with the economy, PETS Inc. has taken more of a hit and they're ability to help pets that have been thrown out or abandoned has decreased. We, as a society and Columbia as a city, need MORE places like PETS Inc. Until we get more, though, PETS Inc. is a beacon of hope for so many souls, not just animals but people, like my family, who wouldn't be complete without them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

PETS Inc. has helped my husband & I complete our family not once but twice. I've been to PETS Inc on several occasions, to shop in addition to adoption trips. I've seen the happy faces of families who've adopted a new pet. I've seen animals who've been taken in by PETS Inc who would've otherwise been taken to the animal shelter.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The main thing they're lacking is money. They're a non-profit organization that depends on donations and, unfortunately with the economy, PETS Inc. has taken more of a hit and they're ability to help pets that have been thrown out or abandoned has decreased. We, as a society and Columbia as a city, need MORE places like PETS Inc. Until we get more, though, PETS Inc. is a beacon of hope for so many souls, not just animals but people, like my family, who wouldn't be complete without them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have participated in fostering homeless dogs for Pets, Inc for almost one year and have made modest contributions to the organization in that time. After losing my best four-legged canine friend Coby to an age related illness in April 2010, I vowed to try to improve the lives of "man's best friend" in honor of his memory.
The volunteers, staff and management of Pet's Inc. represent the finest examples of the compassion and love that animal lover's feel for these creatures that contribute so much to the quality of our lives.
Everyone at Pet's Inc. that I have had the pleasure to interact with has shown professionalism, courtesy, great energy and a tremendous desire to achieve success in the goal of finding forever homes for dogs and cats. Surely these folks have earned their place in Heaven and the Midlands of SC is a far better place for prospective pet owners and our deserving canine and feline friends thanks to everyone affiliated with Pet's Inc.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

dog and cat welfare efforts

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My husband and I have volunteered for Pets, Inc. by walking the dogs for exercise. The passion the employees and other volunteers have for the animals is contagious. They are constantly finding unique and innovative ways to provide for these animals in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We adopted a dog that we walked volunteering. We were able to experience the entire adoption process and see how caring and detailed the staff is during the process. At all times the best interst of the animal is kept in mind.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Any changes that I would make would only be those that anyone would make, like extra washers and dryers, if there were available funds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at PETS, Inc. for about three months. The caretakers are really kind and caring to all the animals. The conditions are wonderful and clean for the animals in their care. Part of my job when I volunteer is to walk the puppies and help socialize them for adoption. They are all sweethearts and I love being there and supporting the staff and the animals. This is a very special place. The staff works really hard to make sure all animals are safe and healthy. I am nine years old and I volunteer with my Dad.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping take care of the animals while they are at the shelter and socializing them for their permanent homes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money to help more animals! It's perfect, but they need more money.

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1 person found this review helpful

3 of my four cats were adopted from Pets Inc. I was so impressed at how clean the facility is. The cats and kittens all seemed to be healthy and as happy as a shelter cat can be. We adopted 2 kittens and one cat. They had no problem adjusting to each other or to the 11 year-old Cocker Spaniel. I liked how the volunteers and workers form a bond with all the animals--they know names. Even months after adopting, when I'd return to buy food and toys, the staff knew my babies by name and asked how they were doing. It's hard to visit and not bring home more babies! I've dropped by and just asked to walk a dog--the staff is very welcoming and happy to let us help out, even if we have just a short time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having well-adjusted, happy cats join my family

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I provide more staff--they seem overwhelmed at times. Too many visitors and too few staff members.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had my first experience with Pets Inc 11 years ago when my husband and I went down to find a kitten for our daughter. We found a room with quite a few cats ready for adoption. They had many cat-friendly features in their room, including places where they could curl up or sit and look out a window. Having only seen old horrid pet shelters before, I was really impressed with the effort to make the cats feel secure and happy.
While we were looking around a grown cat picked my husband as his special person. We left that day with two cats--one for our daughter and one for Keith! These special friends of ours have been part of our lives for all these years and we love and are loved by them dearly.
Since the day we found Cougar and Misty there, Pets Inc has greatly imiproved their facilities. I remain impressed with the dedicaation of their workers and volunteers to the welfare of the animals and am a quiet but very strong supporter of their work. Having ourselves provided a home for many abandoned and abused dogs and cats over the years, I have seen the worst. Pets Inc is a wonderful place for animals to find themselves and a wonderful place for you to find a lifelong friend.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experienced adopting animals from Pets Inc and I have participated in a fund raiser with them, seeing the many volunteers and friends of animals working there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I could change anything about Pets Inc it would be to see more organization and to get more community support for thier work.

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