Sarge’s sets another record in May

Jun 03, 2014
Photo by: Michael Ritter THE FAMILY GROWS — Animal lovers have kept Sarge’s record adoption pace going strong, adding dogs and cats to their homes. Pictured is the Hunter and Kelly Murphy family with Leia (at right), a Shar Pei adopted from Sarge’s.

The month of May continued Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s record pace for pet adoptions. During May, there were 53 adoptions (13 cats, 40 dogs) — a 13 a percent increase over May 2013, which had 47 adoptions (16 cats, 31 dogs).

Year-to-date, Sarge’s has had 296 adoptions (94 cats, 202 dogs) — a 10 percent increase in adoptions vs. the 268 adoptions (88 cats, 180 dogs) for the same period last year.

Sarge’s animal transport program has been highly successful, too, with 212 dogs transported year-to-date to other animal rescue organizations needing dogs for adoption, compared to 104 dogs transported last year, a 104 percent increase.

“We are grateful to animal lovers who are keeping the momentum going,” said Sarge’s vice president and adoption coordinator Michael Ritter. “But keep in mind, there are still many dogs and cats in Haywood County needing good homes.”

June is National Adopt-a-Cat month, and Sarge’s celebrating with several promotions. Call for information.

Sarge’s mission is to save Haywood County animals from euthanasia. Dogs and cats are available for adoption from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and larger adoption events are held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Sarge’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Dr., Waynesville, or the public may adopt Sarge’s cats from PetSmart, in Waynesville.

Volunteers are needed for many different tasks at Sarge’s. People in the community can help the effort, either by volunteering their time or donating funds for the medical care of the animals.

For more information, to donate or volunteer, visit or call 246-9050.