Pawmetto Lifeline to open new no-kill shelter

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The dream of a brand new facility is finally coming true for Pawmetto Lifeline.

On Jan. 25, they'll open the doors to a brand new no-kill pet center on Bower Parkway. The organization says it's their goal to get as many animals as possible out of county-run shelters.

"We want to achieve the goal that no healthy adoptable pet has to die in the midlands just because it's homeless," said Pawmetto Lifeline CEO Denise Wilkinson.

Wilkinson says the organization has been working on building a bigger facility since 1999. She says their current location on St. Andrews Road was in desperate need of an overhaul.

"We've run a lot of animals through that older facility, but we've saved a lot of lives and were just excited about moving into this state-of-the-art facility," said Wilkinson.

The new $4 million no-kill pet center is 27,000 square feet and will include adoption services, medical procedures, and outreach for low income families with pets.

Wilkinson says Richland and Lexington counties both donated $1.5 million for the new site.

"They looked at the plan and they said, 'You know what other communities are doing this, they are successful, they are solving the problem' and so they were willing to invest and help solve the problem, so we are now partnered and we are hoping to become a no-kill community within three years," said Wilkinson.

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