Adoption Information

Photo: KittyAPL believes the suffering of unwanted animals will end only when people become more responsible about pets, and unwanted litters are prevented. All animals adopted from APL have been spayed or neutered.

If you are thinking about adopting a pet, please read this guideline first. APL adopts cats and dogs to responsible people who can offer the animal a good home. There is an adoption fee that helps cover the cost of the spay/neuter and all other health care the animal has received while at the shelter. The current fees start at $100 for a cat and $175 for a dog. You can visit the animals during regular business hours (please see the Home page for shelter hours). Also, APL regularly advertises available pets in The State newspaper Classified Pet Section.

Please call 803-783-2119 or e-mail the shelter at to request additional information

Adopt-A-Pet Program

Photo: Dog12Every Saturday APL takes a selection of dogs and cats to PetSmart in Lexington on Highway 378, Lexington Pavillion, Target complex, to make pets available for adoption, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. APL staff and volunteers knowledgeable about the pets are present to answer questions And assist with the adoption process. An adoption fee is required to help cover the cost of spay/neuter and other health care the animals have received while at the shelter. The current fee is $100 for a cat and $150 for a dog. For additional information please call or e-mail the shelter at

Please watch this posting as we may add adoptions at other locations.

Adopt an APL Cat from PetSmart

Photo: Cat3The APL is now working with PetSmart on Two Notch and Lexington on 378 to offer our cats and kittens for adoption. It is part of PetSmart's mission to provide a cat show room in each store and work with local rescue shelters to make cats and kittens available to the public for adoption. If you're interested in adopting a cat from the APL, you can always visit our shelter but now you have the option of visiting your local PetSmart store as well. Please visit our Petmatch listing with PetFinders to view some of the cats we have available for adoption (to return to this site, just close that window when you have finished).

Finding a Good Home for Your Pet

We appreciate your efforts to find a good home for your pet or the stray animal you have rescued. Finding a good home for an animal is a rewarding experience, but there are certain steps you can take to make the process easier and help ensure that you are finding the right home for your pet.

We have provided links to helpful information developed to assist you in the pet placement process. If you have any questions about the information provided in these documents, or about any aspect of the pet placement process, please e-mail the shelter at

View Pets Online

To see a sampling of the cats and dogs available for adoption, follow the links below. Other pets are also available. Please contact or visit the shelter to inquire about other pets available for adoption.

Animal Protection League
P.O. Box 5354
Columbia, SC 29250
(803) 783-2119

The Animal Protection League of SC (APL) is a local non-profit humane organization founded in 1982 by concerned individuals who love and respect animals. Our goal is to provide a safe haven for the community’s abused and abandoned dogs and cats and place them in permanent loving homes.

Read our Mission Statement


If you would like to support APL's mission with a financial contribution, please click the Donation button and a secure PayPal screen will open in a new browser window. You do not need a PayPal account, and your donation to the APL is tax deductable. Thank you!


APL is registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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