Animal adoption fair focuses on rescue groups

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 02:41 PM

An Adoption Fair and Rabies Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Aug. 23 at Thomasville Police Department, 7 W. Guilford St., Thomasville.

Animals available for adoption will be on display.

Lots more will be going on, including vendors, food and demonstrations from Rolling Meadows Dog Training and Thomasville Police Department K-9 Unit. There will be a drawing for door prizes.

Pet Poo-tique Dog Grooming will be on-site, but the animals are not the only ones who benefit. Raffle items include a Mitsubishi 60-inch flat screen television, a 21-piece kitchen knife set and a $100 Kmart gift card, in addition to restaurant gift cards and coupons.

Proceeds will go to benefit five animal rescue organizations including Ruff Love Rescue, Ginger's Fund, 4 Paws Rescue, Humane Society of Davidson County and Friends in Need.

For organizer Candi Lewis, the main focus of the event is to bring awareness to the animal rescues. During her year as an animal control officer for the Thomasville Police Department, she has helped with too many cases of animal abandonment or animal cruelty.

The police department has partnered with Ginger's Fund since January.

"These rescues are all nonprofit and they need our help," she said. "We need their help, too. Our job gets difficult at times and these people help make it a happy ending for the animals."

"We don't have the means to provide for these animals," said Jack Bingham, a six-year veteran animal control agent. "Sometimes the animals need medical care, a lot of time extensive medical care. They also need food, care and a home.

"A lot of times Ginger's Fund will find a foster home for them until they can locate a permanent home."

For Bingham, the most important part of the event is the rabies clinic.

"For $5 they can bring in their animals and get their rabies shots," he said. "Rabies is a deadly disease. The clinics will end in October, so now is a good time to do it."

Dogs must be on a leash; cats in carriers in order to get their vaccinations.

Staff writer Debbie Hightower may be reached at 336-888-3576 or dhightower@tvilletimes.com.