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News Community Fifty animals find forever homes at adoption day

Pastor Paul Sears of Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church blessing the newly adopted animals at Super Adoption Day. Photo by Miranda McKeeThe Macon County Humane Society hosted its fifth annual Super Adoption Day last Saturday. The event featured adoptable pets from seven rescues and shelters in the area, including Macon County Humane Society, Macon County Animal Control, Rabun Paws 4 Life, P.A.W.S. Bryson City, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, Toccoa-Stephens Humane Shelter, and WNC Large Breed K-9 Rescue.

With more than 50 pets adopted, the event was an undeniable success. Todd Ortiz, shelter manager at Macon County Humane Society, is grateful to all who came to show support.

“I’d just like to say thank you to everybody in Macon County and the surrounding counties that showed up and adopted,” said Ortiz.

Of the 50 plus animals adopted, 12 came from the Macon County Humane Society. Although many animals found homes, Ortiz believes the rainy weather at the start of the event may have hindered attendance.

“I wish the weather would’ve been better because I think we would’ve had a lot more people come out,” said Ortiz. “But overall I think it still went well. We had a positive response and still had a lot of people show up even though it rained.”

Cashiers Highlands Humane Society Shelter Pet Rocky poses with his new forever family. Photo by CHHSDespite the rain, all participating shelters and rescues found the event to be quite beneficial. Tammy Sigler, a volunteer for Macon County Animal Control, said the event was great for adoptions, but also for spreading awareness.

“We’re trying to educate people around here about spaying and neutering. It can be expensive and a lot of people think they can’t afford it. That’s why we have so many animals in need of homes, but there’s an affordable option,” said Sigler. “If they contact Macon Humane Society or Animal Control, they can find out more about the lowcost spay and neuter program through the Humane Alliance of Asheville.

Arriving with 45 to 50 dogs and cats, Macon County Animal Control found homes for 28 animals on Saturday.

“We did our most adoptions ever for one of the super adoption days,” said Linda Sprinkle, a Macon County Animal Control representative. “It was great. We adopted a lot of kittens, but best of all some of the adult cats that had been here for a while were adopted. We’d like to thank all of the volunteers who helped us. We had some really nice people who showed up to help walk the dogs and talk with people about adopting and help with the raffles. It was a good effort from everybody.”

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society also had great results at the event. Of the seven animals it brought, four were adopted. Executive director David Stroud said it was a fantastic experience.

“We just loved it. We were thrilled to be invited to participate in this year’s Super Adoption Day in Franklin,” said Stroud. “Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society strongly believes in working with other shelters and rescue groups on behalf of the animals. When more animal welfare organizations work together, more lives can be saved and more forever homes can be found.”

Kimberly Lee, Director of WNC Large Breed K-9 Rescue, which is based out of Franklin, shared Stroud’s sentiment.

“We had a great time, a wonderful time. We had three solid adoptions and we’re waiting on a couple dogs to get healthy before they can go home. It was a good day. We loved seeing all the shelters working together,” said Lee.

P.A.W.S., Bryson City, adopted out one of the five dogs it brought to the event. Executive Director Ellen Kilgannon enjoyed the camaraderie and collaboration of all the participating shelters.

“I thought it was a great event in that all of the rescue groups that were there worked together, met each other and talked about how we as a group could help work with each other to get dogs adopted,” said Kilgannon. “It was a great event in getting animals adopted out and also getting to know the other rescue groups and the faces behind the names.”

Rabun Paws 4 Life, Tiger, Ga., adopted out eight animals at the event and had some news to share about their shelter, which has a brand new board of directors.

“We’re basically a new shelter,” said Brenda Nash, director of Community Outreach and Education and employee of Rabun Animal Hospital. “We just recently got therapy dog certified, so we’ll be going to schools and nursing homes and libraries. As far as I know, these are the only therapy dogs in Rabun County. We’re going to be doing transports, where you find areas, like up in the northeast, where there’s more available homes than there is down in this area. And so we do transports to no kill shelters and rescue groups. We’re just really excited about it all.”

Toccoa-Stephens Humane Shelter found homes for three of the 15 animals it brought to the event.

Super Adoption Day was held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Westgate Plaza and featured celebrity guest Melissa Cowan from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” With live music, local vendors, and plenty of animals to be loved, the event was a lot of fun for everyone involved.


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