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Columbia SC animal shelter has too many dogs and urges adoption

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Lana, an adult pit bull terrier mix, for adoption from the Columbia Animal Services shelter.

Courtesy of Columbia Animal Services

The Columbia Animal Services shelter is filled to capacity with dogs and the public has been asked to help out by adopting a new four-legged friend.

There are currently 192 dogs at the Columbia Animal Services shelter, a news release said Thursday. However, there are only 148 dedicated dog kennels.

Of those 192 dogs, 113 are currently awaiting adoption, and more will be available soon, the press release said.

According to its website, Columbia Animal Services euthanizes animals. The site notes, however, that animal services are working to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets through “an aggressive neutering program.”

Animal services allow residents to spend time with their future furry friends before adoption. If you’re interested in adopting a dog, you can take them outside to the shelter’s renovated canine meet and greet areas. You can offer treats, sit with the dog, and play with toys to make sure it’s the one you want to commit to for the rest of its life.

Bring the following items to adopt:

  • A valid photo ID with your current address
  • Proof of Age (You must be 18 or older to adopt from Columbia Animal Services.)
  • Correct method of payment. Animal services accept cash, credit/debit cards or checks accompanied by a valid driver’s license. All adoptions cost $35 each.
  • All dogs must go home on a leash. Please bring a leash and collar or plan to purchase them at the time of adoption.

See Spay/Neuter Your Pet for more benefits and details. You can find out more at

Check out to see all the animals the shelter has for adoption.

Visit the pets available for adoption at Columbia Animal Shelter, 127 Humane Lane. Visit or call 803-776-PETS (7387) for more information.

Patrick McCreless is the on-duty journalism editor for The State, where he and a team of reporters write about the hottest news of the day and topics that help readers in their daily lives and better inform them about their communities. He attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama and grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL.