Cullowhee dog grant funded for a second year

Cullowhee grant poster

Cullowhee grant poster

Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF), which is located at 50 Railroad Ave., Sylva, N.C., is offering 340 free dog sterilizations over two years for any dog living in the Cullowhee, N.C. area, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®.

The sterilizations will be performed by Asheville Humane Alliance, which sends a van on scheduled Mondays to pick up pets. After signing up, owners can bring pets to the 50 Railroad Ave. site between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the scheduled Monday. Volunteers will help them to label and crate their pet for transport. They can pick up pets around noon the following day. Residents living in Cullowhee can call 877-ARF-JCNC (877-273-5262) for more information. They can also sign up in person on Saturdays between 1 and 3 PM to make an appointment for one of the free sterilizations. Dogs and puppies between two months and eight years are eligible for the free surgeries. If needed, free rabies vaccines will be provided for any dog that receives the surgery.

This year, interested dog owners can also sign up at Catman2 in Cullowhee, which is running a PetSmart Charities grant for Sylva area cats.

“This is a really good offer and one that will end when the grant monies run out,” says Veronica Nicholas, President of the Humane Society of Jackson County. “We really want to see pet owners in Cullowhee take advantage of these free spay/neuter surgeries to help reduce the pet population in Jackson County.” Spaying/ neutering means fewer pets euthanized at shelters, fewer health problems, and better-behaved pets. It also helps the county save on animal control costs.

ARF is particularly interested in reaching owners with large-breed dogs and puppies, since these animals have big litters, and they don’t usually get adopted when they are turned into shelters. “Large breed dogs are much more likely to end up at shelters and get euthanized,” said Mary Adams, Vice President of ARF. “Our residents love their hounds, pit bulls, labs, and shepherds, but these are the dogs least likely to make it out of the shelter. It’s heartbreaking.”

The Humane Society of Jackson is a 501(c)3 organization that relies on grant funding and donations to offer free to low-cost sterilization services for pet owners in the community. For more information, call 877-273-5262 (877-ARF-JCNC). Or call Catman2 in Cullowhee at 828-293-0892.

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About Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF)

The Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides foster care, adoption, and free and low-cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats in Jackson County, working with local vets and with Asheville Humane Alliance, which sterilizes more than 22,000 pets annually. Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF) relies solely on community support and grant funding to operate their spay/neuter program. They need volunteers to help them make this spay/neuter program a success.

About PetSmart Charities®

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).