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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

Jon Sears - President
Business Owner

James Galante - Vice President
Producer, Adams Eaddy & Associates

Will Warren – Treasurer
Alkermes, Inc.

Marli Drum - Secretary
Columbia Animal Services

Elle Linowski

Nick Galante
Antech Diagnostics

Dr. Nori Warren, DVM
Four Paws Animal Clinic

Julie Ruff
Legislative Monitor

Antjuan Seawright
Political Commentator

Harriett Green
Art Consultant

Victoria Riles
Columbia Animal Services

Meredith Pope
Owner - Fetch! Pet Care Columbia

Executive Director - Jen Coody

Advisory Board Members

Animal Mission’s Advisory Board is composed of past board members and community leaders who provide guidance and support to our efforts. They serve as program ambassadors in our work toward achieving ’No Kill’ status for shelters in the Midlands and promote animal welfare in our community.

Nola Armstrong Joan Amundson Murray Baroody Will Brennan Bill Brumbach Bob Coble Daniel Coble Emile DeFelice Bill Ellen Barc Farnsworth Mardie Faucette Cyrus Frakes Kay Hampton Ashley Hayes Frannie Heizer Page Hodson Karen Hoover Kevin Hoover Beth Huelin Billy Huelin Cami Hutchinson Fran Johnson Steelman Ketchum Jeanna Lizzi Sheriff Leon Lott Katherine Mahon Eloise McMillian Craig Melvin Kristin Niemi Robin O’Neal Bill Owen Alita Pillick Bryan Quinn Daniel Rickenmann Joanne Schwartz LeeAnn Schwartz Billy Shephard Debbie Sonefeld Anne Sinclair Jim Sonefeld Laura Sonefeld Melody Taylor Samuel Tennenbaum Lauren Tucker Bill Turner Carole Williams



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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