Pawmetto Care-a-Van serves pets in BW

Owners lined up with their pets for vaccinations and other Care-A-Van services in front of IGA last month. | Barbara Ball

BLYTHEWOOD – Pawmetto Lifeline is sort of the other vet in town.

With a theme of giving homeless pets a ‘new leash on life,’ this 501c3 not-for-profit group based in Columbia provides a number of services for dogs and cats at affordable prices in outlying areas, including Blythewood and Fairfield County. Those services are delivered via a Care-a-Van mobile unit that visits scheduled locations every Friday, Saturday and Sunday on a 4-week rotation.

Care-a-Van is next scheduled to visit Blythewood, Ridgeway and Winnsboro Road on Aug. 28.

Blythewood: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Aug. 28, in the grassy area in front of the IGA located at 135 Blythewood Road.

Ridgeway: 2 – 3 pm., Aug. 28, at Bows and Ties Grooming located at 714 US Highway 21.

Winnsboro Road:  5 – 6 p.m., Aug. 28, at Buddy’s Country Store located at 7989 Winnsboro Rd.

Services for dogs include:

  • DHPP – $12   (puppies will need a series of 4)
  • Rabies – $12
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough) – $22
  • Influenza (Canine Flu) – $22
  • Heartworm Test – $25 (required for all dogs over 6 months old prior to selling heartworm prevention)
  • Microchip – $25
  • Puppy -Dewormer – $4
  • Adult De-wormer – $15

Services for cats include:

  • FVRCP – $12 (kittens will need a series of 4)
  • Rabies – $12
  • Feline Leukemia – $22
  • Microchip – $25
  • Kitten De-wormer – $4

The following products are offered for dogs and cats. Prices are based on weight.

  • Advantage Multi
  • Simparica Trio
  • Bravecto Plus for Cats
  • Revolution
  • Tri-Heart Plus
  • Trifexis
  • Interceptor Plus
  • Bravecto
  • Credelio
  • Tapeworm tablets
  • Prescriptions for purchasing heartworm and flea preventions – $5

An auto-refill prescription program is available to send monthly prescriptions to the pet’s home with no shipping costs. 

The organization has four Care-a-Vans that serve approximately 1,000 pets every weekend.

Pawmetto Lifeline also offers a program that provides free microchips for pit bulls owned by Richland and Lexington County residents. 

The myriad list of services also includes Boots in Service – a program that offers foster care for veterans’ pets while they are in a rehab situations.  Vets are often the foster parents in the service of other vets who need the help.

All proceeds from the Care-a-Van go to benefit homeless pets in the Midlands. 

For questions about the Care-a-Van schedule or services or to schedule an appointment, call 803-586-1840 or email [email protected].

To contact Pawmetto Lifeline’s facility, call 803-465-9150 or visit their website at It is located at 1275 Bower Parkway in Columbia.

Contact us: (803) 767-5711 | P.O. Box 675, Blythewood, SC 29016 | [email protected]