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Surrendering Puppies and Kittens

If you need to surrender a litter of puppies or kittens, please call 803-465-9189 and listen to the detailed message and instructions.

RICHLAND AND LEXINGTON COUNTY RESIDENTS: Contact Pawmetto Lifeline before you surrender your pet at the local municipal shelter - we may be able to help! or 803-465-9189.

Surrendering Adult Dogs and Cats

With more than 13,800 homeless pets in Lexington and Richland Counties and more than 6,000 being euthanized due to homelessness, we are primarily taking animals from the local shelters but we would like to help you place your animal. Before we can help, you must email a photo of your pet to with as much information as you can provide. We are not able to respond to phone requests or emails without a photo and description. In your email, be sure to include your pet's age, weight, breed and, if it was found, when and where it was found.  We may be able to help market them and we will provide you with a list of other organizations that may be able to take your cat or dog. Please do not rely solely on Pawmetto Lifeline to assist in placing your pet or stray. Several no-kill rescues can be found by clicking here:

Please be patient as we are inundated with people trying to place their pets both personally owned and strays.

Important information about surrendering a pet

Due to the overwhelming problem of homeless pets in SC, please know that almost all rescue organizations operate at capacity with limited resources of both staff and money.  But, there are certain things you can do to help make it more likely that they can accept your pet into their Adoption Program.

Step 1: Collect all medical records for your pet. If you can provide records for and/or have these services provided for your animal prior to contacting a rescue, that will greatly increase their ability to accept the animal into an adoption program or find another rescue who might be able to accept it.

     Essential Services:
     -  Have pet spayed or neutered 
     -  Have your pet examined by a veterinarian
     -  Make sure they are current on all appropriate vaccines
     -  Test for heartworms and treat if positive (dogs)
     -  Have FeLV/FIV combo test done on cats/kittens
     -  Make sure they are up to date on flea & heartworm preventative
     -  Make sure the pet is parasite and worm free
     Helpful Suggestions:
     -  Prepare a personality profile and a history on your pet
     -  Take pictures of your pet having fun to show off its personality
     -  Have your pet professionally groomed

Step 2: Be prepared to partner with the rescue as they work to find a way to take this animal into our care. Working together may mean fostering or giving toward the cost of medical care for the animal that you want us to take. On average, a rescue spends over $300 per animal. An investment between $25 -$125 (depending on medical needs) could save their life - can you imagine a better investment?

While we know this may create a temporary inconvenience for you, by doing this, YOU will help save a life. Imagine what you would want if you were the homeless pet that you have encountered. Help ensure a happy ending for the animal that needs your help by partnering with us.

Step 3: Be patient! There simply are not enough resources to immediately save all homeless dogs or cats who need our help. Many rescues will do their best to work with you, but time is often the best gift you can give the pet who has come into your care. Your patience and cooperation can literally mean the difference between life and death for that pet.

Will You Choose To Do the Right Thing by the Life You Have Encountered??

  • Did you know that there are over 13,800 homeless pets in the Midlands?

  • Did you know that over 6,000 of those pets die in the Midlands simply because they are homeless?