Merry Christmas: ADCO sponsors pets at Pawmetto Lifeline

The ADCO crowd -- show here are Brian Murrell, Lora Prill, Steve Sperling, Nancy Atkinson and Mary Beth Knight -- enjoyed playing with Dennis, but it turned out he was already spoken for.

The ADCO crowd — show here are Brian Murrell, Lora Prill, Steve Sperling, Nancy Atkinson and Mary Beth Knight — enjoyed playing with Dennis, but it turned out he was already spoken for.

Rather than send sweet treats to thicken our clients’ waistlines, ADCO this year decided to do something a bit kinder — sponsor pets at Pawmetto Lifeline.

What does “sponsor” mean? It means we’ve paid the adoption fees for one dog and one cat, to encourage someone to adopt them — free of charge.

What do we get out of it? Well, we had a great time last week visiting Pawmetto Lifeline’s adoption and treatment facility on Bower Parkway to pick out “our” pets. It wasn’t that easy to choose — it’s hard to imagine how anyone would say “no” to any of the candidates we saw.

At first, we had our eye on a brindle stray from West Columbia named “Dennis,” with whom we had a great time playing in one of Pawmetto Lifeline’s outer runs. But it turns out someone from out of state already had dibs on him, so we went looking for another canine to sponsor…

… and quickly settled on Adler. Adler is a very playful, 15-month-old hound mix. He enjoys meeting new people, but what he really likes to do is swim. His adoption page says:

I’d be great with slightly, older active kids if you have any! I get along well with dogs as well, but I’m not so sure about cats. I’ve got some basic manners to work on, but I’m eager to learn with you. Guess what? I am housetrained, though!

We also adopted Rosemary, a 22-week-old kitten with a tuxedo pattern — black body, white feet. When we met her, she at first exhibited typical feline reserve and aloofness, as in Who are these people? But we had brought toys, and in a very short while, she was as playful as… well, as a kitten.

If you want to adopt Adler or Rosemary — or any of the other highly appealing critters at Pawmetto Lifeline — fill out an online application or call a counselor at (803) 465-9170.

Pawmetto Lifeline, founded in 1999 as Project Pet, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit animal rescue organization located in Columbia, SC, solving pet overpopulation in the Midlands. Its mission is to establish a no-kill community in the Midlands, meaning no healthy, adoptable dog or cat dies because it is homeless.

Pawmetto Lifeline is completely dependent on private gifts from individuals and foundations as well as revenue-generating services that allow it to provide medical services for the homeless pets it rescues in the community. The organization receives NO FUNDS from the government to run it life-saving mission.

Enjoy this gallery of images we took during our visits. Click on them to enlarge and read about each picture: