Want to Help?

If you care about animals and want to help the APL serve its mission there is a way for you to contribute. Of course financial donations are needed, but you can also donate your time and talent. The information provided on this page will give you some ideas about how you can help.

Volunteer at the Shelter

Caring for 100 animals takes a lot. The animals need care and attention, the building, animal pens and grounds need to be maintained, and animals need to be transported to and from veterinarian appointments and special events.

Volunteers with skills in construction and building maintenance can assist with the upkeep of the facilities and grounds, as well as building new projects and improving the existing animal housing.

For those of you who prefer to work with the animals there are plenty of opportunities for you, too. Dogs and puppies love to go for walks, and the cats can always use some playful attention. The more human contact these animals have the greater their chances of being adopted.

Volunteer at Special Events

APL sponsors a number of annual and special events to raise funds for the shelter. It takes a lot to make these events succussful, and APL could use your help. Listed below is information about some of the upcoming events.

  • Annual Garage Sale: Volunteers are needed to help collect and sort items, set up tables, and other tasks. Please check the News & Events page for details about this year's sale.
  • Annual Auction: Volunteers are needed to help set up, assist with the silent and live auctions, and other tasks. Please check the News & Events page for details about this year's auction.
  • APL Fundraisers: Could be a pig-pickin', a carwash, a bake sale, or even a fish fry. No matter what the event, volunteers will be needed. Check the News & Events page for details about upcoming FUNdraisers.
  • Adopt-a-Pet Saturdays: The APL's weekly adoption event at PetSmart in Lexington on Highway 378, Lexington Pavillion, Target complex, offers many opportunities for volunteers. Prior to each event, help is needed bathing and grooming pets. On the morning of the event help is needed transporting the animals to PetSmart, setting up and assiting those interested in adopting a pet. Younger volunteers can assist during the event (11:00 to 2:00) by walking and socializing dogs. Contact Debbie at 803-603-5443 for more information about this exciting volunteer opportunity.

Foster Pet Program

The foster pet program serves a number of purposes. Not only does it free up space at the shelter, but it also is important in getting certain animals with special needs ready for adoption. These special needs animals include those that need socialization or behavior modification, as well as elderly animals or those with particular health issues. These special animals need to be placed in homes where they can receive the care and attention they need. APL will provide food and cover all veterinary expenses for the life of these animals. If you would like to provide a foster home for one of these animals and help get them ready for permanent adoption, please call the shelter at 783-2119 for more information.


APL needs not only donations of money and pet food and supplies, but also help with fund raising, crafts/baking, publicity, education, shelter operation, office activities, temporary foster homes, cruelty investigation and vet transportation.

Financial donations, pet food, cleaning and medical supplies, building materials, and garden tools are always needed.

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

Online Donations:

Individuals with PayPal accounts can make a financial donation to the APL online. Simply click the button below and a secure PayPal screen will open in a new browser window. Enter the word "Donation" in the box marked "Payment For" and then log in using your PayPal account and password. Once you have completed the transaction, close the browser window to return to this site.

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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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