New clinic aims to lower overpopulation in Midlands' shelters - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

New clinic aims to lower overpopulation in Midlands' animal shelters

COLUMBIA (WIS)- A new effort is underway to help combat overpopulation in animal shelters in the Midlands.

After years of planning, a high-volume spay/neuter clinic opened to the public this week at Pawmetto Lifeline's new facility off of Bower Parkway in Harbison.

"[I'm] almost in disbelief," said Tracy Johnson, the director of the spay/neuter clinic. "We've been working on this so hard, for so long and all of the planning has been worth it."

According to Johnson, the goal of the clinic is to provide high-quality care for pets at an affordable price. She says the clinic was recently certified by the Humane Alliance out of Asheville, making it the only NSNRT (National Spay/Neuter Response Team) certified clinic in the Midlands. "They are known as the gold standard for high-quality and high-volume spay and neuter," said Johnson. "It's a selective process [and] they've chosen us as one of their partner organizations."

Statistics show that nearly 21,000 homeless pets enter Midlands shelters each year, and nearly 18,000 animals are euthanized because of overpopulation. Johnson says she believes the opening of this new high-volume clinic will help reduce those numbers. "Other communities that [opened a high-volume clinic] have seen their euthanasia rates drop to as low as 30 percent," said Johnson. "Currently in the Midlands [the euthanasia rate] is between 86 percent and 90 percent, so we are looking at making a very strong, very large impact on that euthanasia rate very quickly."

Fees for the surgeries will be based on a sliding scale according to income, and some pet owners may even qualify for free services.

Officials at the Pawmetto Lifeline Spay/Neuter Clinic say they hope to perform at least 42 surgeries a day and close to 30,000 a year.

In addition to spay and neuter surgeries, the clinic says they will also offer vaccines and microchips with the surgery. To schedule an appointment call (803) 465-9100, and for more information visit www.pawmettolifeline.org

Copyright 2012 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 3:45 PM EDT2018-04-22 19:45:39 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>
  • Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

    Road to N. Korea's denuclearization is littered with failure

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:44 PM EDT2018-04-22 01:44:28 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 3:45 PM EDT2018-04-22 19:45:33 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool, File). FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in P...(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool, File). FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in P...

    A look at previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and how the currently planned talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington took shape.

    More >>

    A look at previous nuclear negotiations with North Korea and how the currently planned talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington took shape.

    More >>
  • Clinton stars as central villain in GOP's midterm strategy

    Clinton stars as central villain in GOP's midterm strategy

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:44 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:44:51 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 3:45 PM EDT2018-04-22 19:45:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/David Goldman, File). FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are introduced during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in...(AP Photo/David Goldman, File). FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are introduced during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in...

    She's not on ballot, but Hillary Clinton starring in GOP 2018 midterm strategy.

    More >>

    She's not on ballot, but Hillary Clinton starring in GOP 2018 midterm strategy.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly