Who We Are

Partners in Animal Care is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that supports Greenville County Animal Care - the state’s largest open-admission animal shelter - in its efforts to save more homeless animals and attain a “No-Kill” status. Partners in Animal Care aims to do this by raising awareness of the shelter and its needs and by fund-raising assistance. Our all-volunteer board members (no one receives a salary) are animal-loving Upstate residents, several of whom volunteer regularly at Animal Care on Furman Hall Road.

Meet The Board

Why We Exist

While the shelter has made significant progress toward increasing live-release rates to 90%+, its ability to sustain newly initiated programs for the thousands of animals taken in, many of whom have been abused or need serious medical attention, requires more revenue. Our 501(c)(3) offers a way for individuals and businesses to make immediate, recurring or legacy charitable donations to a leading animal welfare organization and reap a tax deduction for federal income tax purposes. Our 501(c)(3) also can apply for grants that the shelter can’t otherwise pursue.

What is an open-admission animal shelter?

Open admission means that no animal is turned away due to health conditions, age or breed. The animals may be old, blind or deaf, or they may be young, healthy and energetic. They may have been abused or abandoned, or they may have been turned in as a matter of last resort when the loving owner lost his or her job or had to return to military service. Each animal’s story is unique and open-admission shelters try to help the greatest number with their available resources.

About Animal Care

Greenville County Animal Care is dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through adoption, education, and affordable spay/neuter and veterinary care. It has the largest, most diverse selection of adoptable pets in the Upstate, and its innovative programs and partnerships are steadily moving Greenville County toward becoming a No-Kill community.

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Shelter Quick Facts

What you didn't know about Greenville County Animal Care:

acres of land

facility covers 52,000 sqft and sits on 20 acres of land


took in 10,354
animals in 2017


clinic performed 8,400 surgeries in 2017


has 60 employees and 115 active volunteers

Historical Highlights

Greenville County Animal Care & Partners in Animal Care - then and now.
  • 2003 2003 Building the Building

    The Humane Society built the current Greenville County Animal Care building at 328 Furman Hall Road.
  • 2007/2008 2007-2008 Largest Shelter in SC

    The County of Greenville purchased the property and buildings from Greenville Humane and, together, they formed the largest open-admission animal shelter in South Carolina. An unused building was converted into a spay/neuter clinic.
  • 2008/2009 2008-2009 Programs Initiated

    An innovative program tripled animal rescue transfers and became the largest such program in the entire Southeast. NBC News touted the shelter’s participation with Pilots-n-Paws to transport animals by air to other states. Numerous other programs were initiated to increase the safety and welfare of shelter animals, including increased veterinarian checks.
  • 2010/2012 2010-2012 Changes in Play

    Greenville Humane disassociated with the county and moved to a new facility near the downtown airport. Animal Care began taking in stray animals from Spartanburg County and a new clinic was added to provide affordable veterinary care and spay/neuter services to the public. Also, a foster care network was developed for underage, sick and injured animals.
  • 2012/2013 2012-2013 Clinic Growth

    Low-cost micro-chipping was introduced and additional vets were hired to increase surgeries at the new spay/neuter clinic. Partnership was formed with Greenville Technical College Animal Studies Program.
  • 2014 2014 Grants Awarded

    Several large grants were awarded which allowed many free cat adoptions and significantly more spay/neuter surgeries for cats.
  • 2015/2016 2015-2016 Target Zero No-Kill SC

    Animal Care became a fellow of Target Zero, a charitable organization that collaborates with animal shelters across the country to decrease shelter intake and increase live-release rates to 90+%. Animal Care is now one of the Key Resource Centers for the No-Kill South Carolina Project and is working with Charleston Animal Society and other state animal welfare agencies.
  • 2016/20172016-17 Partners in Animal Care Formed

    Animal Care developed and implemented a Community Cat Diversion Program which allowed for 8,000 free roaming cats to be spay/neutered. Introduced heart worm treatment for the canine population. Chosen as case study for success by 2017 partner organization Best Friends Animal Society. PARTNERS IN ANIMAL CARE was established as the charitable arm.
  • 2017/20182017-2018 Highest Save Rate to Date: 88%

    Animals coming into the shelter decreased from 17,000 to less than 9,000 in just 5 years due to surrender prevention, community cat TNR, and managed intake strategies. Three major grants awarded making it possible to save more lives. Partners in Animal Care became the Upstate's only representative to SCALC (South Carolina Animal Legislative Coalition). Partners was able to donate $23,000 to Animal Care.
Meet The Team

Partners In Animal Care Board Members

Susan Austin


GHS Cardiac Research,
Regulatory Affairs, Retired

Jean Everson

Vice President

U. of NH School of Law,
Library, Retired

Sally Nicholson


Greenville Health System,
RN, CPA, Quality Mgt. Retired

Trey Howell

Howell Media, Brand Strategist/Content Creator

Carrie Counton

Strayer University, Student Services Coach

Deb Burton

DBurton Consulting, Owner

Jamie Hunt

PrimeTRUST Advisors, Investment Analyst

Kimberly Lawrence

Lawrence Building & Renovation, Principal

Todd Lawrence

Sonic Wall,
Channel Manager

Warren Mowry

8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office,