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About Animal Mission

Animal Mission is committed to providing free or low cost spay and neuter procedures for all pet owners in our area, in an effort to help reduce overcrowding and euthanasia in our local municipal shelters. Since our program began in 2006, we’ve made steady strides toward attaining No Kill status for the Midlands.

It’s work that matters.

Spay and neuter is the single most effective tool in achieving the end of space or resource-based euthanasia in shelters. By removing the barrier of cost that pet owners face, we’re producing a clear and measurable decrease in shelter intake, and ultimately euthanasia.

We do not do this alone.

In partnership with Columbia Animal Services, who helps distribute the vouchers we fund, and in conjunction with all of the spay and neuter partners who accept them (including The Humane Society, Pawmetto Lifeline, Pets Inc, and over 35 private veterinary practices), we’ve provided over 5,100 spay/neuter procedures in the last 12 months alone. Since the inception of our program, we’ve funded over 52,000 vouchers— an investment of more than $2.3 million in our community.

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Animal Mission is a South Carolina based 501(c)3 charitable organization. Our policies, programs and activities are guided by a board of directors comprised of community volunteers who are elected by sitting board members to serve two year terms of office.


Board Members

Nick Galante - President

Will WarrenTreasurer
Alkermes, Inc.

Elle LinowskiSecretary

Dr. Nori Warren, DVM
Owner, Four Paws Animal Clinic

Julie Ruff
Legislative Monitor

Marli Drum
City of Columbia Animal Services

James Galante
Producer, Adams Eaddy & Associates

Jon Sears
Business Owner

Antjuan Seawright
Political Commentator

Harriett Green
South Carolina Arts Commission

Victoria Riles
City of Columbia Animal Services

Meredith Pope
Owner - Fetch! Pet Care Columbia

Advisory Board Members

Frannie Heizer
Attorney, Burr & Forman

Laura Sonefeld

Murray Baroody
Orangeburg Distributors

Jim "Soni" Sonefeld
Drummer, Hootie and the Blowfish


Executive Director
Jen Coody



Animal Mission is proud to be recognized as a Platinum charitable organization by Guidestar/Candid for 2022. Learn more about us, and what this certification means at

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