About the Animal Mission

Cat Lying DownThe 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.


Board Members

Nick Galante - President
Idexx Laboratories

Jon Sears - Vice President
Business Owner

Will WarrenTreasurer
Alkermes, Inc.

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

Antjuan Seawright
Political Commentator

Harriett Green
South Carolina Arts Commission

Julie Ruff
Legislative Monitor

Marli Drum
Superintendent, City of Columbia Animal Services

Ashley Hayes
Owner/Instructor, Pilates of Forest Acres

Kay Hampton
City of Columbia Economic Development Office

Jeanna Lizzi
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

James Galante
Producer, Adams Eaddy & Associates

Natalie Parsons

Elle Klein
Attorney, Nelson Mullins

Joan Amundson
Amundson Consulting Service

Bryan Quinn
Realtor, The ART of Real Estate

Advisory Board Members

Emile DeFelice
Soda City Market

Frannie Heizer
Attorney, McNair Law Firm

Kay Hampton Fogle
Business Owner

Kristian Niemi
Business Owner

Laura Sonefeld

Murray Baroody
Orangeburg Distributors

Jim "Soni" Sonefeld
Drummer, Hootie and the Blowfish

Executive Director
Jen Coody

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