Sarge’s holds annual meeting

Mar 20, 2017
Photo by: Cynthia Morris GREAT STRIDES IN ANIMAL WELFARE — Pictured at Sarge’s annual meeting is the guest speaker, Doyle Teague, director of Haywood County Animal Services. Teague highlighted the cooperation between the county, Sarge’s and other nonprofits for the betterment of animal welfare in Haywood County.

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation held its annual meeting March 15 at the Shelton House barn, in Waynesville.

Attendees heard an update from Sarge’s out-going board president Gary Smith on the 2016 successes of the local animal community — most importantly, great progress in saving dogs and cats in Haywood County. Last year was a special year, as the county shelter staff, Sarge’s and other animal welfare groups made impressive strides in ending euthanasia of healthy adoptable dogs and cats at the county shelter. Smith also reported Sarge’s financials for the year.

Three new board members were elected during the meeting: Steve Hewitt, Jim Ray and Gary Swearingen.

The guest speaker was Doyle Teague, director of Haywood County Animal Services, who talked about the history of Sarge’s support for the Haywood County Animal Shelter, showing intake and progress made over the years in reducing euthanasia. The presentation included photos of the of the temporary shelter used last November during the hoarding situation and status update on the new Haywood County Animal Shelter, expected to be operational in early 2018. Teague said the cooperation between the county, Sarge’s and other nonprofits has been of great benefit to animal welfare in Haywood County.

After the annual meeting, the board elected officers: Carol Viau, president; Dr. Jed Lambert, vice-president; Gary Swearingen, treasurer; and Felisha Yon, secretary.

For information on adopting at Sarge’s, donating or volunteering, call 828-246-9050 or visit www.sargeanimals.org. “Like” Sarge’s on Facebook to see all the happy pet adoption news.

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