Last year, over 18,000 of the 21,000 homeless pets in the Midlands were euthanized. These are staggering statistics, but one local non-profit has a new year's resolution for this problem. Pawmetto Lifeline just announced that their new no-kill pet center will open on Jan 25 in Lexington County. The 27,000 square foot, 4 million dollar facility is being built on land donated by Lexington County with funds provided by both Lexington and Richland counties as well as generous individual contributions. According to CEO Denise Wilkinson, they will be able to provide about 2,000 adoptions a year while spaying and neutering 17,000 animals. With the assistance of other organizations throughout the Midlands, they can place even more unwanted animals, reducing the burden on county shelters and taxpayers alike.
One of the real solutions to the problem of unwanted and abandoned animals is educating the public about the need for spaying and neutering and providing those services at low cost or for free. The fewer unwanted animals brought into the world, the less need there is for adoption or euthanization. Pawmetto Lifeline's new center will focus on these important functions as well as offering low-cost or free medical services for pets of low income families. The new facility will be named the Meyer Finlay Pet Adoption Center in honor of private donations made by the Meyer family of Forest Acres in honor of Claudia Finlay, a devoted advocate for the prevention of cruelty to animals.