New organization aims to help Surry County animals

First Posted: 3/25/2009

A new organization in Surry County is aiming to reduce pet over-population, prevent cruelty to animals, reduce abandonment and euthanasia of animals through education and spay/neuter programs.
Founded in January, the Animal Welfare of Surry is a non-profit organization that operates on monetary donations. It has three founders and five volunteers.
Humane education is our primary focus, said Melanie Morrison, one of the organizations founders. We want people to take better care of animals.
The non-profit offers Spay and Neuter Transport, which is a pet shuttle service that delivers animals to and from Forsyth Spay and Neuter Clinic in Kernersville from PetSense in Mount Airy. There are also low cost immunizations available at the time of the procedure. The general fee to neuter male cats is $25 and to spay female cats is $35. To neuter male dogs the cost is $45, and to spay female dogs is $50.
There are also other services available including rabies shots. Financial assistance is available for pet owners if funds are available, Morrison said.
We just want to be what people and animals need us to be for them to have a good quality of life, (animals) are not disposable. They are companion animals, they feel pain, loneliness and fear just as we do, she said. We want to utilize our resources to keep abandoned and unwanted animals under control.
Morrison also said that the organization is not designed to house animals, but may help people find homes for rescued or abandoned animals.
We dont take animals from people, but we will help people find homes for pets, she said. People can put complimentary listings on the Web site, (and) cross posts to other rescue sites. We dont want them to be abandoned or just sit somewhere.
The shelter tries to get them adopted out, but there are just too many animals that dont have homes, Morrison continued. There are seven puppies and kittens born for every human baby born. Every person would have to own seven pets for each (pet) to have a home.
Animal Welfare of Surry will be hosting several fundraisers to help raise money to support education programs and provide services for those taking in rescue and adopted animals. Upcoming events include a spayghetti dinner on April 8 at Blue Bird Diner from 4 to 7 p.m. and a motorcycle riding event on May 2 with riding from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. followed by a concert from 4 to 6 p.m. There will also be door prizes and a silent auction. On May 9, there will be a rummage and bake sale.
Animal Welfare of Surry is also holding a meeting at 10:30 a.m. at McDonalds on Hwy. 52 for event planning. The meeting is open to the public.
Morrison said volunteers of all ages are welcome to join the organization and aid in its efforts. Donations can be made online, and pets for adoption can be viewed online as well.
Those interested in the spay/neuter transport must make an appointment with for the pet, and then register for the service.
For more information about the Animal Welfare of Surry call 786-5256, e-mail [email protected] or visit
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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