Viewer responses to the WIS Perspective on pet overpopulation by order of most recent to least recent. Only responses signed with names will be posted. Flamed (all capital letters), one-word responses and live links will not be posted.
- MG, Columbia
I cannot see why Richland County will not join with the city in this venture. In addition, there are many other fine, non profit organizations in the midlands that have been helping with this problem for as many as 25 years. Let's encourage Richland County to do the right thing and join with the city, while also helping these other organizations to do their part. This can be done by sharing the funds that are available, and keeping some of the funds in Richland County.
- RN, Winchester, Mass
Thank you for bringing the plight of these poor animals to people's attention WIS! Education of petowners is the key! Visiting my native Austria just recently I was told that any prospective dogowner there now has to take a course on dogownership. While we will probably never see such programs here, we should though make available lowcost (and in some cases free)spaying/neutering for all dogs and cats. In the long run this preventative measure would probably be cheaper and it certainly would be much more humane!
- AM, Columbia
Thank you for this outstanding article. Project Pet is the only non profit that can handle the problem with the education, understanding and resourses necessary to save the taxpayers money and place the animals into loving homes for the life of the pet and the owner. The health of the pets owners are enhanced as the two lives come together. Project Pet cares for the pet again if for some reason the owner is unable to care for the pet until they are parted by death. The pets are spayed, nuetered and micro chipped. Project Pet is a local community supported organzation both with financal and in kind donations. The majority of people working at Project Pet are volunteers that have chosen to give their time to this worthy cause. Project Pet has a Volunteer Commmunity Board made up of members of both Lexinton and Richland County residents. These people have the expertise to see the entire problem and have the resourses to fix the overpoputation pet problem. Years of planning and expectation are now in place. Richland County should see the gift that this organzation is offering to them and the citizen taxpayers. The sooner they undertand what they are being offered and come along side with this public/private partnership with Project Pet the fewer animals with be in the shelters. There will be no need for Columbia to expand the shelter. Just ask any of the owners of the pets from Project Pet. They understand.
- JP, Columbia
It seems to me that the Project Pet Organization has spent 3 more yrs than Richland County (with a grassroots base of volunteers) in the planning, organizing, analyzing & study of the pet overpopulation problem.Richland County's reversal regarding going forward with Project Pet smells ofpolitics.A joint effort between Richland County & the City of Columbia spells failure.
- tB, columbia
I think we should honor our original plan and give Project Pet the money. The do great work with the animals. It bothers me everyday to think about all of the anomals put to sleep when all they want is a home. Give project pet the money to help find good home for the little ones.
- KP, Columbia
I agree that Richland County should help other rescue groups. I am involved with SQ Rescue, we are not nearly as large as Project Pet, but we try to do what we can to help the unwanted animals both in the shelters and on the streets. We need a good animal shelter for all these unwanted animals and people need to be educated on the neccesity to spay or neuter their pets. I thinks Project Pet is doing what they can to help and I commend their efforts, but lets not forget all the other rescue groups that are doing their best with minimal funds.
- EA, Irmo
Thank you for bringing this story to help save these animals. Please continue to keep this story in the forefront. Project Pet is a wondeful organization.
- MD, Columbia
This is my second response to your feature of last night. This time I just want to say thank-you for bringing this dilema to the attention of so many. Please continue to provide the public with updates on the situation as it impacts so many.
- CW, Swansea
Project Pet does a great job. We do kill far to many pets and speedy action does need to be taken to ensure that this does not continue. Education, spay and nutering is a far cry better than killing pets. Project Pet adoption program is great and hope to see it continue.
- JW, Poughkeepsie
Thank you for doing this to elucidate the public on the pandemic companion animal overpopulation and its pervasive effects on our communities!
- DH, Columbia
I applaud WIS for taking a stand on this issue. Richland County needs to support their initial decision and fund Project Pet, instead of trying to appease all the other struggling animal non-profits who haven't amassed the community support that Project Pet has. We need the facility that Project Pet is ready to create.
- JA, Irmo
Dear WIS, It seems that you may have a "slanted perspective" with regards to the statement about Richland County and Project Pet's "success". As a Richland County taxpayer, I like the fact that Richland County is opening up proposals to other non-profit groups. This allows other businesses to offer real solutions to our pet problem. One such organization that has a better track record of proven success has been an organization called Pets Inc. They have been around longer than Project Pet and have a better track record for helping the pet overpopulation problem. Unfortunately, they seem to go unnoticed. I am curious why you didn’t mention their name in your “Perspective” broadcast as an organization that is also “on the verge of success”. Another perspective can be found on their website at http://www.petsinc.org/?pageid=33 . I encourage you to check it out.
- SG, Irmo
I think we REALLY need to work on this area badly. 19000!! Thats insane!! Why is this not in the news more often!? If it became a big news topic maybe more people would come forward and help! The first step is education. If people knew there was an overwhelmingly good chance their pet was going to be killed at the pound maybe they would'nt drop them off in such great numbers! As someone who works closely with rescue I see the narrow minded "my dog will find a home" attitude that everyone who dumps their pet off has. If they knew that it is more likely that they will die maybe their reason for dumping them would be more negotiable. THIS NEEDS TO BE AN IN YOUR FACE ISSUE!
- SG, Irmo
Thank you SO MUCH for posting this! As Ghandi said, you can tell a lot about a country by the way it treats its animals. Well, South Carolina still insists on living up to the unintelligent country bumpkin reputaton the deep south has everywhere else. Our own governor has waged war on the harmless feral cat colony at the gov. mansion so why would he care about any other animals? It is time South Carolina finally comes forward and acts intelligent, advanced, and humane for once. Lets catch up to the rest of the US and handle the great responsibility of OUR pets like a civilized group of people!
- EV, Columbia
Richland Co. should keep with what has already been planned, it would be silly to start all over again and a waste of time and money.
- HH, Elgin
We have spent over $1k spaying our own pets. Not everyone can afford these rates. I think a combination of education, incentives for spaying / neutering, and penalties for allowing litters to be born and run free would be a step in the right direction. Some hard-hitting PSA's showing the effects of neglect could prompt some to think twice. However, in an area where a lot of people find no problem with cock fighting and dog fighting, I don't hold out a lot of hope
- SM, Columbia
Project Pet's spaying and neutering program would serve both Richland and Lexington county animals. The grants they have been offered for their proposed building were based on Richland County's commitment of funds; what a shame to allow politics to play in the lives of helpless animals.
- CC, Winnsboro
Richland Co. Council has been talking with the City of Columbia for far too long--while they talk, animals are being euthanized. The Council felt the pressure from the public last fall, and agreed to fund Project Pet. Now that the heat is off, they are backsliding. The time to take action is NOW-and Project Pet is the only rescue that has a real plan. Council needs to stop stalling while animals are put to death needlessly everyday!
- AR, Columbia
I will put in bluntly. Huge amounts of money have been allocated to the care of Richland County animals, yet the staff there is grossly overworked, and the lost pets are still on death row, unless organizations like Project Pet step in and save them. Lexington County is short on staff too considering their high growth rate they are overdue for further expansion to their facility. Project Pet has a plan to reduce the amount of animals that are taken into the system based on a model proven in Richmond, VA. Project Pet has provided most of its' own money through the generosity of community leaders. Richland County MUST invest in a solution to this issue, because the constituents will not stand for this continued massacre and waste of our money. See http://www.petswithouthope.com for more information.
- TR, Chapin
I am 100% behind Project Pet and would like to see more stories in support of what they are trying to accomplish.
- DF, Colulmbia
Thank you for speaking out on the rights of animals. I hope this helps Project Pet with their mission on saving our strays.
Isn't it a shame that people won't take care of their pets? Everyone complains about the government meddling in our lives and decisions, but we bring this on ourselves. One thing that might stop animal abuse is having to register each pet and provide proof of shots, etc., each year. The cost to administer the program couldn't be more than what we already spend to catch, house, and euthanize animals. Other states require permits for pets and limit the number of pets you can have-maybe they figured it out. One immediate step we could take is to stop allowing the sale of pets at the flea market. I wonder how many pets who end up at the shelter were purchased on impulse from the flea market.
- dw, gaston
I believe that spay and nuitering our pets should be free....at ALL pet hospitals. This would cut down the amount of unwanted animals. Also, any pet that has had more than one litter should be fixed also.
- SB, Irmo
I moved away from Columbia and Richland County because of the so-called Humane Society that is only trained for animal control and uthanasia not the best interest of animals that have been abandoned and/or abused. This city horrifies me. I guess I watch Animal Panet too much because most other states try to help th animals not just kill them. I have had dealings with Animal Control just because I have a Rotty and my son's dog was condemned to death because she would not let anyone in our yard when we weren't home. These people are not properly trained, you can't even try to adopt because they are only open the same time that I work. The city of Columbia is not even on computer for God's sake so you can look at the animal's online. SC will always be backwards compared to other states.
- AC, Gilbert
I fully support Project Pet and its plans. Their efforts have shown that education and a reasonable spay/neuter program will help decrease the amount of unwanted animals in shelters. My family has adopted a dog from Project Pet and I know several of the volunteers and have found that they are wonderful, caring people.
- DC, Columbia
PETâ€™S Inc was not mentioned in your "Perspective on pet overpopulation". PETâ€™S Inc. is another non-profit organization asking for the grant from Richland County to assist its Sheltering, Adoption and Spay/Neuter Programs. Hopefully you will take a look at the PETS Inc. website https://www.petsinc.org and present their perspective in order to provide fair and balanced reporting. Their site lists the proposals to Richland County from both PETS Inc. and Project Pet's. PETS Inc. candidly explains the facts of this situation. While both organizations clearly are trying to help animals, and the community, with its 15 year track record PETS Inc. has the facilities, shelter experience, programs, and staff and in place to assist the residents of Richland County in caring for, and reducing, the animal population in Richland County.
- LM, Prosperity
First off I think citizens should be made accountable for putting out pets. Anyone caught dumping a pet should be fined heavily. Last summer we had six kitten put out in a black carrier in the heat of the day. They were lucky they survived and we found them all good homes. I think all animals deserve homes and not be destroyed. Only those who are sick or dangerous should ever be destroyed. I believe in taking care of our elderly, young and our animals, all three need our help and attention. It is time to stand up and take charge of all three of these areas. Someone has to do it!
- RS, Columbia
Thank you for bringing this important issue to your viewers' attention. I hope Richland County will recommit the funds for this valuable project. I would also like to see our legislature pass stronger laws against animal cruelty/neglect. We need to go to the source of this problem-humans who do not take responsibility for their animals.
- GO, Orangeburg, SC
I agree. We are killing way too many animals. This is why it is so hard to trust our people, especially those in higher positions. If you say you are going to do something then you should do it. Otherwise it is a lie.