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January 16, 2012

Pawmetto Lifeline's HEART helps homeless pets in the Midlands

COLUMBIA, S.C., HEART, to help shelter pets in the Midlands area find new homes. Since July 2011, HEART has rescued over 900 dogs and cats from local shelters.

HEART, Help Every Animal Reach Tomorrow, is a cooperative project between Pawmetto Lifeline, 501(c)3 rescue organizations and municipal shelters in the Midlands. 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.

Each day, a HEART, Donna Casamento commented, "It is truly amazing to see our rescue partners step up to help find homes for the dogs and cats in our local shelters."

Currently, HEART has 72 Placement Partners from 18 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Casamento added, "We are hoping to have Placement Partners from all 50 states in the near future. Our goal is to save 5,000 lives in 2012. The more partners we have, the more lives we can save." Interested rescues can apply to become a Placement Partner on the HEART website,

Each year in the Midlands, there are over 21,000 dogs and cats that enter municipal shelters in the Midlands and over 18,000 of those same pets are euthanized. The Midlands holds a steady euthanasia rate of 82% compared to the national average of 64%. HEART is one of our programs that will help us implement our plan to solve pet overpopulation in the Midlands. Ultimately, this will save thousands of lives and millions of dollars in our community." To learn more about Pawmetto Lifeline’s plan, visit their website