Somewhere around 1998, long before I was ever born, some animal-loving people in Monroe County, including Miss Pat Corley, were concerned about the significant number of homeless animals that found themselves in local pounds. They knew the outcome for most pets in city pounds was usually not good.
In fact, the majority of pets that went into local city shelters did not make it into new homes. Miss Corley and her group decided to form a nonprofit organization that would rescue dogs from the pound and safely house them until homes were found. And Save A Pet Inc. in Forsyth was born.
Save A Pet has made tremendous strides in helping animals. Since its beginning, it has saved more than 2,000 dogs from high-kill pounds and has sponsored spay-and-neuter clinics that altered about 392 animals.
Save A Pet has had a temporary shelter for quite some time, housing dogs under its care, but the long-term dream was to build a permanent shelter in Monroe County. That dream is about to become a reality.
Save A Pet Inc. is building its permanent rescue shelter on 10 beautiful acres in Monroe County. The building will be 6,500 square feet with 32 kennels with indoor-outdoor runs.
The quality of the construction is so outstanding that this shelter will be able to serve Monroe County for generations to come. There is an estimated spring completion date, so it’s just a matter of months before it’s completely operational.
We are all so excited about this and how it will help the animals in Middle Georgia. We’re not the only ones thrilled about it either.
In fact, a very generous donor has offered a matching challenge up to $70,000 to help raise money for Save A Pet. For every contribution received toward construction of the new shelter, the donor will match the gift. This is a fabulous way to double donations to help the animals.
If you’d like to participate in that challenge, send your tax-deductible gift to Save A Pet Inc., P.O. Box 933, Forsyth, GA 31029. Any out-of-state donors can go to the website www.saveapetinc.org and use the Network for Good method of donation.
In addition to contributions, there are other ways folks can help. The building needs to be equipped, too. Items such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, countertops, cabinets for the kitchen and laundry room, chain link fencing and installation are among the things needed.
If you’d like to donate any of these items Save A Pet needs, the rescue group would be really grateful. Call Miss Pat Corley at 478-994-5223, and she’ll make arrangements to get them.
It’s quite involved to build a new shelter from scratch. But because the vision was to have a place where dogs no longer have to worry about euthanasia and only enjoy being healthy and happy, the long journey has been worth it.
I am so doggone proud of Save A Pet. The dogs of Middle Georgia will certainly benefit from the dream and determination to see it through.
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