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August 11, 2010

Project Pet Announces Groundbreaking of New Facility and New Name

Columbia, SC Project Pet announces the construction of its new pet Adoption and Outreach Center and the organization's new name, Pawmetto Lifeline. The groundbreaking ceremony for the building and press conference is scheduled for August 12, 2010 at 11:30 am at 1275 Bower Parkway in Columbia.

"The new Adoption and Outreach Center is the first step to creating a new standard for how we respond to the overpopulation issue of companion pets in the Midlands community," said Denise Wilkinson, Pawmetto Lifeline's CEO. "Euthanasia is neither a practical nor responsible long-term solution."

The pet adoption center is the result of the organization's five-year campaign to raise $6.5 million to fund the building and provide operating expenses. Lexington County donated the 7.5 acre building site on Bower Parkway. Both Lexington and Richland County have invested $1.5 million each to help put a real solution in place that will create a balance in the supply and demand for companion pets and ultimately save tax payers money.

"The new name, Pawmetto Lifeline, comes at an important time in the group's history", said board member, Jan Jernigan. "We are beginning a new phase of the organization with an emphasis on implementing strategies that will address the overpopulation issue of companion pets--a real solution that will save thousands of lives and millions of dollars long-term," said Jernigan. "The name brings clarity to who we are and what we do."

Organizers will announce the naming of the Adoption and Outreach Center and the principal donors at the press conference and groundbreaking ceremony. Further details about the facility will also be available.

Founded in 1999, Pawmetto Lifeline's mission is to rescue pets destined for euthanasia and promote responsible adoption, spay/neuter programs and humane education. Over 19,500 animals are euthanized in the Midlands each year at a cost of over $3 million to taxpayers. Since 1999, Pawmetto Lifeline has rescued over 7,500 animals that would have been euthanized without intervention. More information about the organization is available at www.projectpet.com.

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