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LSPCA is a volunteer rescue group - we are NOT Animal Control or Animal Shelter. We have no authority to intervene in suspected neglect or abuse situations and we cannot pick up stray animals.

Read below to learn how to report abuse and neglect or animals that need help.

If you are a witness to an act of animal abuse or have information about suspected animal abuse, please contact the Lancaster County Sheriff's Department at 803-283-3388, select option 4. You should also call this number to report animals at large (strays), vicious animals, maltreatment of animals (neglect), animal abuse, animal bites, etc.  

Lancaster SPCA is not an animal shelter. LSPCA is a local rescue group run entirely by a small group of volunteers and fosters. We are NOT a county or state government department or agency and receive no funds from the county or state, whatsoever. We are funded through donations and corporate and individual sponsorships.  We are not law enforcement and have no jurisdiction to seize animals on private property.

LSPCA does not accept owner-surrendered animals. The critical-need animals that LSPCA takes into our rescue have come through the shelter. Lancaster shelter workers assess each animal as they are brought into the shelter and reach out to rescues in the area to alleviate shelter overcrowding and get the animals the help they need. If you need to surrender a pet or animal you found, please contact the Lancaster Animal Shelter at 803-286-8103 or email them at The Lancaster County Animal Shelter is located at 2074 Pageland Hwy., Lancaster, SC 29720.

At the Lancaster SPCA, our mission has always included preventing cruelty to animals and advocating for animals in need. We do what we can to help animals and area residents through our pet-food pantry, education of the public (and school children) on the proper care and lawful requirements of pet ownership, transporting to partner rescues around the country, and assist the community with our spay/neuter program to reduce the number of animals that fill our shelter.

If you would like more information concerning animal ordinances, leash laws, exotic animals, etc., please click the link below:

Owner Surrenders
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