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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To alleviate animal suffering and homelessness, set safe and humane standards for companion pets and shelters, and educate and increase awareness of the necessity for spaying and neutering to reduce the overall number of unwanted companion pets, eventually reducing the need for euthanasia.

Programs: To alleviate animal suffering; set safe and humane standards for companion pets and shelters; educate and increase awareness of the necessity for spaying and neutering; and to find quality homes for animals in need.

the purpose of the mobile vaccine clinic is to provide basic pet care services to individuals who may not be able to pay full service veterinarian clinic prices. Though the clinic is intended to provide care for pets belonging to underserved populations, it is not restricted to such and is open to any pets in need of care. The mobile vaccine clinic gives pet owners the opportunity to keep their pets vaccinated in accordance with the law, and for the animals' health, and allows them the opportunity to purchase much needed parasite control products to alleviate and prevent pain and suffering of their pets and diminish the possibility of the pet being relinquished to a municipal shelter and/or becoming homeless. All proceeds are used to provide care to homeless pets.

the purpose of the medical clinic is to provide spay and neuter services and vaccinations. These services are marketed to the general public but the organization also focuses agressively on communities with high rates of animal reproduction and pets belonging to low-income populations. Revenue from the medical clinic also helps provide services to less fortunate animals/homeless pets.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

10 Robin29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Renee71

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This mission for this facility is to rescue homeless animals and place them in forever homes but in fact the opinions of staff or opinions of affiliates outweigh the main criteria...my dog is not neutered and is a purebred Bassett hound well taken care healthy happy shots up to date and bcuz hes not fixed some pet is deprived of a loving caring home. .instead a staff member started the speech on the benefits of neuter/ spayed animals ..every pet like people are different and my dog is fine...hes only 2 and i dont want him fixed.. my prerogative not theirs ...i wasnt there to adopt a female anyway. Just an application determined i was unfit...clearly the dogs placement took a back seat to some opinions... this place is the worst...u cant possibly make a well informed decisions without the facts and they knew nothing concerning my other dog..dont go there

Review from Guidestar

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

3 cricket6064

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

5 Shellie T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Previous Stories
2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Niki L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

9

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

5 RandomCitizen

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My experience with Pawmetto Lifeline was extremely disappointing. I submitted an adoption application with them for a particular dog on their website. I have several other dogs, and they were not on heartworm preventative at the time I filled out the application. I foolishly told the truth about that on my application, even though I was in the process of having my dogs tested then placed on preventative. After Pawmetto got my adoption application, I received a call from someone there informing me that my application was rejected due to the heartworm medication issue. I told the person that I had already had one of my three dogs tested and put on preventative, and was about to have the other two tested and placed on it also. SO, I asked the person if I brought in the paperwork for my dogs' negative heartworm tests and the receipts for the Heartgard I had purchased, would I then be allowed to adopt a dog from Pawmetto. His answer? "Well, probably not. They would have to do a home visit and everything to make sure that our policies were being followed. But you can go to the shelter out off Bluff Rd and find a dog there." WHAT???? I mean, I totally understand them having a policy requiring that all pets be on heartworm preventative, but even if I brought in all paperwork proving that my dogs had been put on preventative, THEY STILL WOULDN"T ALLOW ME TO ADOPT???? UNBELIEVABLE!!!.... I could have easily lied and then probably moved smoothly through their adoption process......I didn't press the issue any further with the person on the phone because it was obvious to me that Pawmetto's main concern is not finding loving homes for their animals, and that is not the type of place I want to work with. I went to Pets Inc who were TERRIFIC and adopted a dog who has become a wonderful part of our family. Meanwhile, the little dog at Pawmetto that I wanted to adopt languishes in that shelter for who knows how long. So sad!

2 Mandy6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The pressure was on and everyone in the home could feel it.
The eldest son was about to turn 12 and we all knew what he wanted for his birthday.
The librarians at the school knew what he wanted. He researched for it online and in books.
The teachers and even the lunchroom staff at the school knew what he wanted. He polled other people about it.
God knew what he wanted for his birthday. Our son prayed for it for months.
Everyone, it seemed, knew what he wanted.
It was not a fancy video game. It was not a cool pair of heelies.
He wanted a dog.
Did not have to be a fancy dog, or papered. Did not have to be photogenic.
It just had to be a great dog.
After weeks of scouring at the Humane Society and the internet, after visits to about 30 dogs who for some sad reason or another, just didn’t seem to be able to fit into our family, we finally went to Petsmart for the Project Pet adopt-a-thon. On May 5th, just 2 days before he turned 12, my son practically drooled over every dog and cat in Petsmart. His dad and I read all the info on the dogs listed on the cages. At first, I scratched all the dogs behind the ears and then talked to them.
There was one particular older dog who, as soon as I touched his fur, leaned his graying muzzle into my hand and laid down.
I called my husband over and asked him his opinion; however, my mind was made up. I called my son over and let him visit with the 8-year-old dog. Tail wagging, droopy eyed with one cataract forming, this red furred beagle basset hound mix fell in love with my son and vice versa. Even the fact that the dog had heartworms didn’t deter us. Project Pet affirmed to us that they were treating the dog and he should be fine.
With that in mind, Tundra became an integral part of our family. Tundra is such a laid-back dog, it’s almost comical. He doesn’t chew on anything except his food and his tail. Always wags his tail happily, sleeps on the pillow with the self-confidence of one who knows his innate right to be there. Housebroken, though he isn’t exactly excited about the crate, Tundra accepts the times we need to leave without him, and is excited when we come home. He loves to go for walks and explore. He enjoys meeting other people and dogs. He isn’t aggressive, but neither is he a scaredy dog. He’s a self confident old man who doesn't look for trouble, just friendship and fun. Tundra gets along with cats, fish, birds, people, other dogs…but he does not like flies for some reason.
Every night, when I check on my boys as they sleep, I find Tundra on one or the other boy’s beds, cuddled and happy in their arms, with his head firmly on the pillow. When I wake up in the morning, Tundra is at the foot of my bed, usually snoring. He’s a loyal companion who has made our hearts and home a happier place. Tundra’s sunshine personality brightens my sons’ world and ours as well.
We were a little nervous when we looked for dogs because our eldest son has autism, but our fears proved groundless. Tundra could not be a better dog for our son, who adores every hair on his dog’s graying muzzle. They are inseparable, and it truly has made a lasting impact on our family’ life.
We cannot thank Project Pet enough for helping us find the right one for us! We want to adopt again soon, now we have bought our first home. Tundra enjoys his yard, and has recently made his presence known to all in the neighborhood. The kids adore him almost as much as we do, and the parents like him for being such a great playmate for the children. Tundra is now almost 15 and we have had some of the best years of our lives, thanks to Pawmetto lifeline and the great work they do.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am trying to post a comment to Denise16, but can't seem to attach. Anyway, I know the dog you are referring to, and she is one lucky dog now. I was involved a little bit with the feeding of Churches (as a substitute for the folks who tirelessly day-after-day took care of her), and she would walk towards my car, but never came near me. I am so glad she was rescued, and not having to live in the rain and the cold or heat. Now, if someone could just rescue the homeless man, James, who was her friend, it would be a nice ending to the story.

2 Michelle55

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have to give the utmost praise for this organization. They are tops in their efforts to shelter, love, and feed unwanted pets that people have let go or discarded. They are wonderful!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pawmetto Lifeline is a wonderful organization FULL of volunteers and staff members deeply committed to this very deserving cause. Not only do they have big, compassionate hearts that tend to the physical needs of these pets, but they campaign tirelessly to make sure that these pets find good forever homes. They make sure that the animals' needs are specifically understood by the new potential home ensuring that the forever home will be a good fit. I have personally witnessed them go above and beyond time and time again...what a fabulous group ofeople!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pawlmetto Lifeline makes me proud to be from South Carolina. The amazing people who make this rescue work are one of a kind. They go above and beyond every single day to save innocent animals lives. Each individual who works for this rescue organization truly does everything that can be done to educate the public, save animals, and give the people of South Carolina a place for genuine help concerning their animals. Columbia SC is a better city now that Pawlmetto lifeline has opened their doors~

2 Andrea29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about Pawmetto Lifeline in 2008 when I was looking for a cat to adopt. I found a cat at Pawmetto Lifeline, A Siamese, and we named her Jasmine. She has been the best cat I have ever had. I then decided to volunteer for Pawmetto Lifeline and have been a volunteer since 2009. This is one of the best no-kill shelters I have ever been too. I always recommend them to friends and family who wish to rescue and adopt either a cat or dog.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost 11 years ago we adopted our beautiful Andrew from Pawmetto Lifeline formerly know as Project Pet. He is still the most beautiful, well mannered cat you would ever meet!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted Beezer, a little brown tabby, at the end of December. He is healthy, happy and absolutely lighting up our home. Our 12 year old cat has adopted him as his little brother. When we got him he was clean with no fleas, no smell and all his shots. We took him to our vet and she gave him a clean bill of health and played with him a little bit because he's just so cute. Thanks to all the good foster homes at Pawmetto Lifeline. (PS His name was Foxx when we got him. He looked more like a Beezer to us.)