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News Animal Planet star to visit Franklin

Victoria StilWellVictoria Stilwell to present at Mountain View Elem.

Macon County Animal Control (MCAC) and Homeless Pet Clubs welcomes Animal Planet Star and Host of “It’s Me or The Dog” Victoria StilWell to Franklin on February 23rd, at 3:30 p.m. at Mountainview Elementary.

Stilwell is traveling to Macon County to support the “Save A Life” campaign. While in Franklin, Stilwell will deliver her message about spay/neuter programs, responsible pet ownership, animal rescue, training tips and pets as a means to reduce bullying to 700 Macon County students, as well as a special presentation for community members.

“Victoria is very impressed with the changes made at MCAC and their efforts in finding homes for adoptable pets. With the support of The Homeless Pets Club advocates in WNC many changes have happened at the shelter resulting in record breaking adoptions and no euthanizations since October of last year. This will be touted as a model for the country. “The community has stepped up and the rest of the country is taking notice” stated Franklin local German Angel of the Homeless Pet Clubs.

Macon County was in the national spotlight for being a community that is committed to resolving pet abandonment issues, responsible spay/neuter practices and youth/community involvement in animal rescue. Since its inception, Macon County’s Homless Pet Club has had 2,298 volunteers working toward preventing animals from being euthanized.

Stilwell will be touring Macon County Animal Control and the Macon County Humane Society to congratulate them on their efforts to promote Pet Clubs in this area.

The Homeless Pet Club allows individuals and organizations to sponsor animals at MCAC. Through the sponsorships, money is raised to go toward getting the animals spayed or neutered and for the care of the animal while at MCAC.

Through a partnership with MCAC and the Humane Society, when a pet being sponsored by the Homeless Pet Club is adopted from the Humane Society, which is a no kill shelter, space is opened up for an animal to be moved from MCAC, which is a kill shelter.

In addition to the presentations, Stilwell will be autographing the MCAC 2012 calendars. 100 percent of the profits from the calendars goes directly to pets in need (spay/neuter fees).

The Community Pet Clubs are oriented at getting students and businesses alike involved in being the voice for homeless pets in the community and participate in animal rescue. The benefits are multifarious as the program allows our youth and adults to share a common cause and demonstrate social responsibility while participating in saving a life.

MCAC 2012 calendars can be purchased at various locations. Please contact the Macon County Animal Control office for details. To attend this event please contact Sachenka Angel at 828-788-5052 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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