Who We Are

HEART is a program of Pawmetto Lifeline, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit animal rescue organization in Columbia, South Carolina.  Pawmetto Lifeline is dedicated to turning the Midlands of South Carolina into a no-kill community for homeless pets.  Each year, in our community more than 17,000 homeless pets enter just two municipal shelters and each year more than 11,700 of those same pets are euthanized due to lack of space and resources.  Due to the large number of  homeless pets entering local shelters, stray pets can be euthanized after a five day holding period which equates to an 68% euthanasia rate for the Midlands.  Pawmetto Lifeline believes that every life is precious and it is our goal  to give shelter pets a new leash on life by partnering with our local municipal shelters to help solve the over-population issue in our community.

The mission of HEART is to facilitate the rescue of companion pets scheduled for euthanasia in municipal shelters and to ensure their safety through the coordinated efforts of a network of like-minded rescue organizations.

HEART truly represents collaboration in its purest sense.  HEART partners with rescue organizations throughout the country in an effort to move the homeless pets from the municipal shelters in the Midlands, which are high-kill shelters, to no-kill animal rescue organizations that can provide the necessary medical and training to ensure a successful adoption for each pet.  We refer to our no-kill animal rescue partners as Placement Partners. If you are interested in becoming one of our life-saving Placement Partners in order to help our death row pets, please click here for more information.

HEART is one of the many programs that will help our community achieve a no-kill status, ultimately saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars currently spent to run our municipal shelters.

We invite you to join Pawmetto Lifeline and our life-saving mission by becoming a Placement Partner for HEART, making a donation or helping us spread the word about these pets whose lives literally depend on our support.

In March 2012, Pawmetto Lifeline moved operations to our new Adoption, Medical and Education Center located on Bower Parkway in Columbia, South Carolina. Through aggressive spay/neuter, education and adoption programs, we have a plan in place to achieve our goal of becoming no-kill. Part of the new Center consist of a high-quality, high-volume Spay & Neuter Clinic that will offer medical services to all of our Placement Partners.

Please sign up today to be a Placement Partner.



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More than 17,000 dogs and cats enter municipal shelters in the Midlands area of South Carolian every year. More than 11,700 of these same pets are euthanized simply because they are homeless.