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Can I volunteer at the animal shelter?

Yes! We have volunteers of all ages.

Do you euthanize animals at the shelter?

Unfortunately, yes, but through an aggressive spay/neuter program, we hope to end euthanasia of adoptable pets.  Overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats lead to the need for euthanasia. Spaying/neutering cats and dogs reduce this need. See Spay/Neuter Your Pet to learn more about the benefits and details.
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How do I get to the Animal Shelter?

We are located at 127 Humane Lane off Shop Road and I-77. Map and Directions.  

How is the City working to reduce the need for euthanasia?

  • By making spaying/neutering as easy and affordable for citizens, the City's goal is to reduce the number of unwanted animals.
  • The City gives rent-free space to the SPCA, adjacent to the shelter, in exchange for a low-cost public spay/neuter clinic.
  • The City of Columbia Animal Services has twice been named the S.C. Animal Care and Control Agency of the Year due to our many innovative programs.
  • You can help reduce the need for euthanasia by adopting a shelter pet.

What are your hours of operation?

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. During the pandemic, we're closed on Saturdays.

127 Humane Lane
Columbia, South Carolina 29209
Victoria Riles, Superintendent
(803) 776-PETS (7387)  

[email protected]