Sarge’s awarded ASPCA grant

Jun 18, 2014
Photo by: Michael Ritter A BIG BOOST TO THE TRANSPORT PROGRAM — Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation received a grant from the ASPCA to help with the costs of Sarge's transport program for dogs to be taken to no-kill shelters in the Northeast. Pictured with the grant check are, from left, Sarge’s board president Steve Hewitt; transport coordinator and Sarge’s board member Jim Ray; and Sarge’s grant coordinator Randi Pollack.

Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation received a generous grant from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in the amount of $11,134. This grant is to help with the costs of Sarge's transport program, in which Haywood County dogs and puppies are taken to no-kill shelters in the Northeast, including the Animal Welfare Association (AWA) and Common Sense for Animals (CSA), both in New Jersey.

A problem has existed in Haywood County that there are not enough adoptive homes for all the dogs that need homes. However, Sarge’s partner shelters have families waiting to adopt dogs — and not enough dogs available. The ASPCA helped Sarge’s in the search for a suitable partner shelters with its MAP program (Moving Animals Places). MAP is a free, searchable database where members can look for either a source or destination group to connect with.

Sarge's is planning at least 20 transport trips to the northeast in 2014.

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation pulls dogs and puppies from the Haywood County Animal Shelter. Many are adopted locally, but since there aren't enough adoptive homes for all of them here, the transport program was initiated to send dogs to partner shelters in other areas of the country.

“In 2013 we transported 304 dogs; we're aiming for 450 in 2014,” said transport coordinator and Sarge’s board member Jim Ray. “Our goal is to eliminate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable dogs in the shelter and the transport program is critical to achieving that goal.”

Each trip costs more than $2,000, with the largest expenses being transportation expenses (van rental, gas and tolls) and medical costs for the dogs. Each dog requires a health certificate to cross state lines and must be examined by a vet.

The ASPCA grant will help Sarge’s continue this life-saving program. For information on volunteering to help Sarge’s save Haywood County dogs and cats or to donate, call 246-9050.

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