Welcome to the Animal Mission

Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. – and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, millions of healthy, loving cats, dogs, kittens and puppies face early deaths as a form of animal control. Estimates across the country indicate that approximately 3.7 million animals will be euthanized at shelters each year because there are not enough homes for them. In order for every unwanted cat or dog to have a home in the Midlands, each county resident would have to have seven pets. For a family of four, that would mean 28 pets! The Animal Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of dogs and cats in South Carolina, offers coupons for free and discounted spay/neuter operations throughout the Midlands.

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The Animal Mission offers free spay/neuter vouchers to all citizens in the City of Columbia and Richland County. When funding is available those same vouchers have been offered in other surrounding counties such as Lexington and we want to continue these expansions. Each year The Animal Mission spends approximately $125,000 on this important program alone. Spay/Neuter not only prevents thousands of pets from entering and being euthanized in our local shelters each year, there are also a host of other benefits. Click here to find out more.


Aggressive spay/neuter programs have helped reduce shelter intake each year, but there are still thousands of animals waiting for new homes. Each time a pet is adopted from one of our local shelters, it saves another life. If you or someone you know is looking for a new pet, please check out the available animals here (link to Petfinders.com) and simply type in Columbia Animal Services or our zip code, 29209. Prefer to see them in person? Please visit the Columbia Animal Shelter at 127 Humane Ln. just off Shop Rd. and I-77.  There is always a great selection of available animals. All pets are already spay/neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, etc. Adoption fees are just $73 for all dogs/puppies and $68 for all cats/kittens. 803-776-7387. To learn more about Columbia Animal Services, just click below:


Our community is so close to becoming a no kill community of adoptable pets. This is a huge effort and we can’t do any of this without your help. Is your pet already spay/neutered? Do you already have enough pets? Don’t worry, you can still help by giving. Each year we provide thousands of free spay/neuter voucher to members of our community. This effort alone has reduced intake at the Columbia Animal Shelter by over 5,000 animals in the past 5 years. That means thousands of lives saved. Each voucher costs $45 on average.  If you would like to help us help one more animal, you can do so here.