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Richland County Animal Services - South Carolina SC

If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local Richland County animal services for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay & neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses, pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, local animal complaints and to report neglected or abused animals.

Richland County Animal Control:
(803) 776-7387


To report a dead animal on the road, an injured bird, a lost baby squirrel, a dangerous bear, or anything like that, call animal services at (803) 776-7387

You can also call your local sheriff department, who often deal with public wildlife issues.

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Wildlife removal is not a free service.

Richland County does not provide free wildlife services. Call them at (803) 776-7387 and ask. If you want to pay for critter removal services, call Terminix Service, Inc. at 803-832-2495. They provide professional wildlife control for both residential & commercial customers in the city of Columbia. They offer custom Columbia wild animal control solutions for almost any type of wildlife problem, whether it be the noises of squirrels running through the attic, a colony of bats living in a building, or the destructive behavior of a raccoon, they have the experience and the tools to quickly and professionally solve your animal problem in Richland County in South Carolina. For a consultation, give them a call at 803-832-2495


It is important to remember that most county animal services in Richland County and elsewhere no longer provide assistance in cases involving wild animals and wildlife management. If you have a wildlife problem or need to get rid of wildlife, need an exterminator or exterminating company, pest control or critter trapping or traps or wild animal prevention in Richland County, you should call a privately owned wildlife removal company at this number: 803-832-2495


Richland County Wildlife Removal Tip:
How to catch a possum in the attic
Let's get straight to the point - you have a possum in your attic and you want rid of the creature. Its little footsteps are driving you bonkers when you are trying to sleep at night, and you have had enough! There is no need to panic, people! Help is at hand. You have a few options open to you:

Firstly, call a professional wildlife control company or professional. After all, that is what they are there for! You can try to catch the little bleeder yourself, but it will take a bit of practice, especially if you have never gone into the crazy world of wildlife control before!

Your first step should be to try to eliminate the possum in the natural way - wait for bedtime and get to work. If you know for t a fact that the possum is in your attic, go up there after dark and put as many lights as you can out and about so there arenít many in the way of dark corners or crevices. These tend to be nocturnal creatures so if the attic is constantly lit up, you may just "encourage" them to leave naturally.Of course, leaving all the lights on will not always work, especially if you already have an almighty electric bill, so you do have the option of using a trap big enough for a possum, baiting it with some good food and keeping your fingers crossed! 
Richland County, SC Animal Control News Clip:
Animal Services Lacking The County Dog and Cat Control in Columbia

"It's a matter of priorities," Columbia City Administrator Jay Baksa said. "Do you put enormous time and resources into animal control or do you spend it on other priorities within the police department?" For more information, call the animal services of Columbia, South Carolina.

The community service officers who handle Columbia's stray and abandoned dogs are busy. So far this year, the city has impounded 339 canines. They keep the dogs for five days. If no owner comes forward, the dogs are shipped to the South County Animal Shelter in San Martin. Richland County animal control says it will continue to help with domestic animal issues, but not with South Carolina wildlife problems.

This year, 193 dogs have been reunited with their families; 146 have been sent to the shelter, at a cost of more than $14,000 to the city. Columbia residents can not take stray dogs, cats or other creatures to the San Martin shelter. Animal and carcass removal services in Richland County is dedicated to helping South Carolina and Columbia.

If you live in Columbia and want to get rid of an animal, your only option is to haul it the Humane Society Silicon Valley in Santa Clara. But while Columbiaans might have the longest trip to that shelter, they're not the only ones with a problem local government has not been able to solve. Richland County animal services in Columbia, South Carolina, declined to comment on the matter.

Remember, for a dog/cat problem, call (803) 776-7387, and if you need wildlife removal service in Richland County, call Terminix Service, Inc.: 803-832-2495.

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