Officials say pet overpopulation in the Midlands is a growing problem

Itâ??s a dog-eat-dog world. According to the Pawmetto Lifeline, the Midlands have an 87 percent euthanasia rate

IRMO (WACH) -- Each year in Richland and Lexington Counties, more than 23,000 canines and cats are either surrendered or picked up by authorities; of those, 19,500 are euthanized.

It gets very overwhelming, says volunteer coordinator Jeannie Frazier of Pawmetto Lifeline.

Despite campaign after campaign the numbers continue to grow and right now the non-profit organization is caught in a feline frenzy, according to Frazier.

Each pet adopted through Pawmetto Lifeline is spayed or neutered with the goal of one day sterilizing 30,000 animals annually.

If you take responsibility for an animal, part of that is to make sure that they don't procreate because it TMs not going to be a happy ending the majority of the time, Frazier says.

The need to prevent animal companion births could be seen and at an adoption event on Thursday.

After looking at them all, I wanted to take two or three home, adds Irmo resident Kathy Ashley.

While Pawmetto Lifeline is happy to find homes for its furry friends, it also hopes each animal carries with it .the important message that spay and neuter initiatives are key to fixing pet overpopulation.