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Pawmetto Lifeline

Rating: 4.13 stars   30 reviews 3,718

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

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PO Box 1777 Columbia SC 29202 USA

Mission:

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

4 people found this review helpful

Being a volunteer with Pawmetto Lifeline is so gratifying! The employees of Pawmetto Lifeline truly care about these animals and are making a difference. I would encourage every one to get involved to help save even more lives. I love the fact that there is no pressure or schedule and you choose the time you want to volunteer. It's also fun! If you are looking for a pet please check out all the wonderful ones we have looking for their Fur-ever homes.

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?

A lot

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

On December 4, 2014 my cat Agatha Abigail had a stroke and had to be put down. She was 16. Then, in February, my other cat Fisher stopped eating. He also had to be put down. I was very sad and a bit lonely. My husband died a few years ago so I'd been living alone, but I'd had our two cats.

Five days later I was going to return something to a store near Pawmetto Lifeline and I thought I'd just "stop in" to take a look. I filled out an application and I walked over to look into the cat room to wait for until someone to let me in. While standing there I noticed the back of a furry grey head in the top row of plexiglass cubicles. She turned around and looked at me, and that was that. Her name is Gracie, she's 2-3 years old and it is wonderful to have her here with me in her forever home.

She did have intestinal worms, but Pawmetto Lifeline provides a month of free per insurance with each adoption, so I was reimbursed for that expense.

Thank you to Pawmetto Lifeline for the wonderful service you provide--from me and the many loving pets you have saved.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

Absolutely the worse place to adopt an animal. The staff are rude and don't care about the animals. I had to return a kitten couple of years ago, and waited 30-45 minutes just for someone to take her. I guess it was one of the sorry managers who was very rude to me, and I think it's stupid that after one time of adopting and it doesn't work, you can't adopt from them again which is stupid. I think it's even stupid to make you pay after a certain period of time after you adopt. I'm thankful for the cat we have now who did NOT come from this horrible place. You people need to get your crap straight.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We brought our dog to this organization to have a spay procedure performed. A month after the procedure she had some issues in which we took her to a specialist for at that time they found that she had an infection requiring immediate surgery and 24hr aftercare while performing the surgery to fix her the specialist stated there was no doubt the inflection was due to the improper spay procedure but he would not get involved his concern was to get the dog fixed. None the less $4700 later we now cannot get Pawmetto Lifeline to pay for their mistake since I wouldn't bring her to them where they nearly killed her the first time and they didn't have the proper facility to take care of her immediately. after countless emails and phone calls and reviews I have yet to hear from anyone other than their lawyer who tells me they will place lengthy and costly injunction against me for harming Pawmetto Lifelines economic advantage because I have written reviews everywhere to ensure no one else has the same experience. Since I put the sign on my truck I have found out of the avg 2 phoncalls a day 1 of them is usually a horror story similar to mine about this organization. HOW CAN I HARM THE ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE OF A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION??? This organization is incompetent and irresponsible.

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

SHUT IT DOWN

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My review is actually a comment in response to some of the reviews I've read on this website about this non-profit and others. I think whoever decides to rescue a pet, does so with the understanding there will likely be expense involved for veterinary care, not just feeding the pet. Many of the negative reviews have commented about the health of the adopted pet, and the unexpected veterinary expense. People, when you adopt a rescue from either an animal rescue or humane society, you do so without knowing the pet's health. You are not given a guarantee of health as you would from a reputable breeder. All of our pets have been rescues with the exception of our last. We have spent in excess of $70,000 in the last 9 years because we accepted the responsbility for providing our pets with a better life than they had before us. I realize not everyone can afford to spend thousands of dollars on veterinary care, but you cannot expect to adopt a pet and have the expense end with the adoption fee. We didn't have an extra $70,000 in our savings - we made sacrifices by not taking vacations, and driving cars that are 10 years old. If you cannot afford to give your new family member a better life than he/shet previously had, or you are unwilling to make sacrifices for your new addition, than don't rescue - buy a fish instead.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

We adopted a female cat about a year and a half ago. Since we got her she has been sick so often, and right now we're starting to wonder if she was even spayed properly. We cannot afford to keep taking her to the vet. We feel that Pawmetto Lifeline lied about her health so she would get adopted. I would not adopt another animal from them. When I emailed them about this they ignored my email.

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

Tell the truth about the animal.

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

None

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

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Somewhat badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Reading some of the comments here felt I had to respond to some that were not as positive....Anything A volunteer can and will do saves $$ that go to the animals. I do not mind a bit doing that , in fact find great reward I can do something to help with my spare time... Perhaps some have had situations that have not been positive( or so it seems reading some of the comments) but there are always two sides and reasons for the way this organization is run..and yes some people are denied acess to our animals. The ANIMALS are the priority here. I have met only one employee that is not ALWAYS smiling . The rest do so besides being helpful , personable,and gives of their time so freely and unselfishly at Pawmetto...There may be some that have "decent" pay but I can assure you for all they do and the time they give for most that is not the case. The saddest thing is although everyone has a right to comment the negative ones hurt no one but those beautiful dogs and cats waiting for homes.. I will go up against any one to debate about the good Pawmetto does and I have been in every area there. I am extremely honest and would not back anything or anyone I felt did not deserve the praise/respect I give today...and by the way I am not paid a thing except the extreme pleasure of knowing I am helping some animal in some small way. But isnt that really the only goal any associated with Pawmetto should have?Thank you and good night!!

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a volunteer at Pawmetto life line and have been very impressed with the efforts the staff and volunteers give each and every day for this great cause. I would think the pay is not outstanding but I have never heard a complaint for the very long hours and time each puts forth for these animals. These people work long hours each day weekends and holidays. They love the animals and that is their focus. This is not a place anyone can be approved to adopt but only because each animal becomes a part of their hearts. The goal is not ONLY to have them adopted but have them go to the very best matched family and they work hard to ensure that is the result for each and every animal . I had no idea how my own heart would soar when a animal is walked or carried out the door with a new home and how many there are still . I am proud to give my time and be a part of this organization and the people I have met at Pawmetto. My last comment is only be kind to animals ,PLEASE spay and neuter, and come by and see our beautiful family at Pawmetto!

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I volunteered with Pawmetto Lifeline (formerly Project Pet) for almost 3 years before moving to attend grad. School in FL. I just have to say that there isn't another organization that cares so much about each and every animal they rescue more than the staff and volunteers here do. Each animal is treated like a family member and when one finds their forever home it brings so much excitement and hope, it's amazing. Great organization, staff, and such deserving pets!

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?

2010

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Pawmetto lifeline is a scam. The numbers of pets adopted are shown but not the number of RETURNED PETS. I also found out that they get animals from different rescue organizations that have already treated the animals for any severe illness, get them back to health then, Pawmetto lifeline steps in and gets the rescue. They takes credit for the rescue in order to make the numbers they need to continue different grants which should be going to the groups that actually rescued and treated the sick animal. Had I known that their CEO make over $100,000. annually I would never have given a dime, I support animals not someones lifestyle.

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

You're volunteering in positions that they should be paying someone to do, which is fine, that's how most volunteering works. However, the truth is that they have a paid staff and they pay their staff handsomely, think 70k+ a year. Why bother with paying someone to run the in-house pet-store, take proper care of the animals, ect. when they have spent hundreds of thousands (if not a million plus) dollars on publicity and marketing to you so you would volunteer and they wouldn't have to pay you salary/ benefits. I'm writing this because it's important that the public stop rolling over for organizations like these. Pawmetto Lifeline does not save all and any animals from kill shelters. Pawmetto Lifeline only saves the animals with no-very minimal health issues. Do you know how easy it is to 'save' a healthy animal from a shelter *for free* and then sell it to the public for $300 (which is their adoption fee for puppies). Just think, $150-300 per dog they sell. Another $100.00 plus for the cats and kittens. Then they have a store and tons of private & public funding/contributions. You'd have a decent amount of money by the end of the day and then to top it off you've a very small paid staff that's funded by the board of trustees-- trustees who are among the wealthiest in South Carolina.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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