The city of Columbia's animal shelter is partnering with a pet supply retailer to help increase the amount of animal adoptions.

The shelter plans to house up to six cats at the new Petsense store at 7402 Garners Ferry Road, which has its grand opening on Saturday.

It's hoped adoptions through the store will help Columbia Animal Services become a no-kill shelter within the next five years.

The shelter also offers special promotions to get more pets adopted, and another of those starts today.

Shelter Superintendent Marli Drum says during the Halloween Super Adoption Event, black and white cats and dogs can be adopted for a special fee of $31 – and the animals come spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, de-wormed, and screened for various diseases.

Being black or black-and-white or all white, sometimes people look past them because they're so common,” Drum says.  “They look for something more unique.  And we really want folks to know that even though they're fairly common, these animals have wonderful personalities and they're just awesome. We hope folks will give them homes.”

Drum says the special adoption promotion runs through Halloween.

The Columbia animal shelter, located near I-77 and Shop Road, is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.