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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

7 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

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 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.

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!

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~

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.)