About the Animal Mission
The Animal Mission is a South Carolina based 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to providing free or low cost spay and neuter procedures for all pet owners in our area, in an effort to help achieve ‘No-Kill’ status for our local municipal shelters. Originally established as a ‘Friend of the Shelter’ organization in 1991, we refocused our mission in 2006 to target the shelter’s severe overcrowding situation (and euthanasia rate of over 80%) via an aggressively-funded spay/neuter initiative. And it’s working.
Thanks to overwhelming community support and the efforts of our volunteer board of directors and shelter staff, those numbers continue to improve each year. They now sit at live release rate of 80% (and intake numbers have also decreased for the last 10 consecutive years). The goal of ‘No-Kill’ status has never been closer for the Midlands.
Since 2006, through fundraising events and your donations, we’ve provided approximately $1.9 million in spay/neuter vouchers, resulting in over 42,000 procedures.
The organization’s policies, programs, and activities are guided by our Board of Directors. Members are community volunteers elected by sitting board members to serve staggered terms of office.
Nick Galante - President
Jon Sears - Vice President
Will Warren – Treasurer
Dr. Nori Warren, DVM – Secretary
Owner, Four Paws Animal Clinic
South Carolina Arts Commission
Superintendent, City of Columbia Animal Services
Owner/Instructor, Pilates of Forest Acres
City of Columbia Economic Development Office
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Producer, Adams Eaddy & Associates
Attorney, Nelson Mullins
Amundson Consulting Service
Realtor, The ART of Real Estate
Advisory Board Members
Soda City Market
Attorney, McNair Law Firm
Kay Hampton Fogle
Jim "Soni" Sonefeld
Drummer, Hootie and the Blowfish