Your guide to local animal rescues + shelters across Columbia

Looking for a way to lend a paw or just want a furry friend? These shelters across Columbia could use your help fostering, adopting, or volunteering.

Pawmetto Lifeline

Reader Julie K. adopted her cat, Obi from Pawmetto Lifeline. | Photo provided by Julie K.

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We’ve done some digging to highlight several local animal shelters looking for some purrfect permanent homes or foster parents. Consider lending a paw in the form of adoption, donations, time, or money.

Animal Mission

Animal Mission is a local nonprofit that provides free or low-cost spaying or neutering services to help prevent euthanasia in local municipal shelters. See seven local shelters you can adopt from.

Bojangles and Phantom

Bojangles and Phantom | Photo via City of Columbia Animal Services

City Of Columbia Animal Services

Adoptable pets are priced at $35 each, with ongoing special promotions throughout the year — adoption fees are $17 until Sunday, March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day. Follow its Facebook page for the latest adoption promotions and featured pets.

Final Victory Rescue

Looking to adopt or foster? Read through its pre-adoption info and the adoption process, or apply to become a foster family.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue is a local, all-volunteer, 501c3 nonprofit committed to saving the lives of stray animals in the Midlands.

dog from pawmetto lifeline

You can adopt or foster cats and dogs at Pawmetto Lifeline. | Photo by @anthonysabido

Pawmetto Lifeline

Pawmetto Lifeline offers a low-cost Wellness Clinic, a Care-a-Van mobile vaccine clinic, and a low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. See its event lineup and get involved.


PETSinc offers veterinary services, grooming, training, and even has a thrift store located at 1217 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia that supports its mission. See available cats and dogs.

9 Lives Cat Rescue

9 Lives Cat Rescue hosts an adoption event every Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Belladonnas Gifts (3800 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia)