2009-05-27 / News

Old Fella offers free spaying and neutering

By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

Nearly 100 dogs and cats will get spayed, neutered and vaccinated for free, thanks to the Old Fella Burke County Animal Rescue and grants from the Burke County Commission and Build-A-Bear Foundation.

"The intent is to reduce the animal population in Burke County through an aggressive effort," OFBCAR president Bruce Storm said. "We have to do more than just build shelters to warehouse unwanted cats and dogs until they die."

The rescue group has con- tracted with Dogwood Park in Columbia County and will spend the upcoming months transporting qualified animals to and from the clinic for sterilization and rabies vaccinations.

The service will be provided to the first 98 dogs and cats whose owners live in Burke County and can show some type of proof of ownership, such as veterinarian records. The grants will pay for one animal per Burke County household.

In the meantime, Old Fella organizers are looking for volunteers willing to help with the spay/neuter effort and in other areas. Storm says help is needed with everything from paperwork to transporting animals to providing foster homes.

Since December 2006, OFBCAR volunteers have rescued 405 dogs and cats, nearly all of which have been adopted. Storm says about 90 percent of the adoptions are out-of-state. So far this year, more than 100 animals have already been rescued.

Those interested in learning more are invited to an Old Fella volunteer drive Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. at First Liberty Market in downtown Waynesboro.

GET ON BOARD

To apply for a free spay/neuter/vaccination for your pet, go to www.oldfella.org or call 1-888-846- 3792, then press 7.

PAVING THE WAY

You can also support OFBCAR by purchasing an engraved brick to pave the walkway to the Old Fella memorial statue at the city park. Bricks cost $50 each, and may be engraved with your name, a pet's name or in memory of a loved one or pet. See page 21 for purchase form.

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