2007-09-05 / Editorial

Good news for Friends of Old Fella

Thanks to the generosity of a retired Atlanta-area businessman, the Old Fella Animal Rescue organization is the owner of what they hope will become the site of a new no-kill animal shelter.

Grattan Rowland, whose ancestral roots run deep in Burke County, donated 3.25 acres on the Veterans Parkway to the group last week. It was, as he described it, "a gift to the people of Burke County."

Only time will tell how great a gift the land turns out to be. But, if the track record of the Old Fella volunteers is any indication, the sky is the limit. In just the last year the fledgling organization has found homes for 125 dogs and cats. They are operating coast to coast and have attracted national recognition.

Working through a network recreational vehicle enthusiasts, the group rescues animals, helps them recover their health and transports them to their new homes throughout the country. Their long range plans include the construction of a shelter on the newly acquired property as well as the establishment of a spay-neuter clinic.

Spokesman Richard Daniels acknowledges they have a long way to go, but also knows they have made an outstanding start. The gift of the land is a significant leap forward and we join in offering sincere thanks to donor Grattan Rowland.

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