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There are a number of animal welfare organizations in place in Columbia dedicated to serving the pets and people of the Midlands of South Carolina and addressing the pet overpopulation issue. Of these, PETSinc and Pawmetto Lifeline operate nonprofit shelters to rescue homeless animals and adopt them into permanent, loving homes. Together, these organizations strive to minimize euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets and provide resources to strengthen the local community.

PETSinc, a no-kill animal rescue organization, was established in 1991 to serve the abandoned, distressed, abused, and stray animals throughout the Midlands region of South Carolina. Founded by Patricia McQueen and Jane Brundage as a volunteer-operated nonprofit, the organization expanded their staff and facilities to accommodate the rising demand for homeless animal refuge. Today, PETSinc operates a 10,000-square foot adoption center where they care for about 100 homeless animals at a time and offer a variety of services for Columbia's pet owners. This nonprofit places more than 3,200 animals each year into responsible forever homes and temporary foster homes. In addition to animal rescue, fostering, and adoption, PETSinc provides a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, responsible pet ownership programs, behavior training, and community outreach targeted at engaging and empowering the local community.

Founded in 1999 as Project Pet, Pawmetto Lifeline is another vital animal rescue organization providing humane care for homeless pets and serving as the conscience of compassion for South Carolina's Midlands community. Since their founding, the nonprofit has dedicated their efforts to the achievement of a no-kill community and has rescued more than 25,000 animals from being euthanized. Pawmetto Lifeline is committed to building a better humanity through education and outreach, instilling their values of respect, compassion, justice, courage, and collaboration. They offer programs for pets and people through four distinct initiatives: adoption, rescue collaboration, medical care, and education. 

Pawmetto Lifeline programs include low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinics, animal adoptions, a pet wellness program, educational sessions, a pet food bank, and more. They even collaborate with more than 175 rescue partners nationwide through their HEART program to help save pets scheduled for euthanasia. Their targeted approach embraces the animal-human bond to foster a healthier community where every pet has loving, permanent home.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Columbia

  • Admission $30.00
    Month April
    Duration 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    #1 Bark to the Park

    Bark to the Park is a benefit walk and celebration to support Pawmetto Lifeline in caring for homeless pets. Every April, thousands of animal lovers come together in Columbia's beautiful Finlay Park for an exciting day of dogs, food, and fun! Registration for the 1.5-mile Fun Walk begins at 9 a.m. and the two and four-legged participants get their paws moving at 10 a.m. Walkers are encouraged to collect donations individually or as a team to benefit the animal welfare organization's lifesaving programs. Following the walk, the after paw-ty commences - a celebration teeming with canine activities, family-friendly fun, animal demonstrations, music, refreshments, special contests, performances by K-9s in Flight, and much more! Canine companions are cordially invited and encouraged to accompany you for a tail-waggin' good time!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Tuesdays and Thur...

    #2 Yappy Hour


    Every Tuesday and Thursday, bring your canine companion down to Jake's Bar & Grill on Devine Street for Yappy Hour! While the restaurant is always dog-friendly, they are extra accommodating to furry friends during Yappy Hour! Dogs can accompany owners inside the bar or run free in the back deck and patio area with access to fresh water and tasty treats. There are even custom drink specials for pet owners! Bring along your playful pooch to mingle with fellow mutts while you sip a delightful brew. Just be mindful if you choose to order food- you'll have dozens of precious puppy dog eyes begging for a bite!

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  • Admission $12.00
    Duration Varying times thr...

    #3 Bark in the Park Baseball Games

    Take your furry friend out to the ball game! Both the Lexington County Blowfish, a summer collegiate team, and the Columbia Fireflies, a minor league team, host Bark in the Park baseball games that your dog can tag along for! The dog-friendly games take place throughout the summer with varying dates each year. For Blowfish games, dogs get in free with a paying human, while at dog-friendly Fireflies games, you can purchase a $12 pooch pass and sit in any of the outfield seating. The Lexington County Stadium games even feature a Pooch Parade during the third inning! Not every home game is dog-friendly, so be sure look for the designated Bark in the Park games!
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  • Admission $10.00
    Month November
    Duration 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    #4 Woofstock Music Festival

    Every fall, the Humane Society of South Carolina hosts their annual Woofstock Music Festival. A doggone good time for both two and four-legged attendees, the event features live music, great food, a silent auction, a raffle, a dog costume contest, and more! The event takes place at dog-friendly Jake's Bar & Grill on Devine Street and your canine companions are encouraged to attend! The event is aimed at raising funds and awareness for the services that the Humane Society provides. General admission is $10, but for $45 you get the VIP package including two drink tickets, a Woofstock t-shirt, and reserved parking. Come on down to Jake's on Devine for a tail-waggin' good time!
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  • Admission $5.00
    Duration 7:00 am - 8:30 pm

    #5 The Barking Lot Dog Park

    Columbia's Saluda Shoals Park is home to.the Barking Lot, a 2-acre off-leash dog park that is a favorite among local and visitor canines alike! The Barking Lot offers a doggie drinking fountain, large grassy expanses, and two small bone-shaped pools for cooling off on hot days. Yearly membership passes can be acquired for $40, good for up to two dogs. The park has future plans for the addition of a fire hydrant water feature and a shady gazebo for pets and their people to enjoy. Take your furry friend here for playtime with other pooches, much-needed exercise, and a good romp!
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