DOBSON — Officials with the Surry County Animal Shelter credit relationships with more than two dozen rescue groups with a marked increase in the number of animals being rescued at the shelter.
So far this year, the shelter has adopted 57 dogs and 31 cats, and have rescued 274 dogs, four cats, four guinea pigs and even a pot-bellied pig.
“So far we have adopted and rescued 371 animals with five months to go,” said shelter Interim Director Abraham Doby. “We currently partner with 25 rescue groups, and would gladly welcome more rescue partnerships.”
Consider the numbers.
This year, the shelter has saved 371 animals to date. Last year, the shelter adopted 187 dogs and 36 cats. They rescued 163 dogs, 27 cats and one rabbit, for a total of 414 animals saved.
In 2012, the shelter adopted 162 dogs and 55 cats, and rescued 19 dogs, one cat and one rabbit, a total of 238 animals adopted and rescued.
Doby said the public also deserves credit for adopting shelter animals.
“We certainly thank the general public for helping us increase these numbers, and will continue to make all efforts to adopt out as many animals as possible,” he said.
The interim shelter director said he is making progress in increasing public awareness of adoptable animals and working with rescuers.
“We have done this primarily through our new Facebook page, and encourage everyone to like us and check the page regularly,” he said. The page can be accessed by searching Surry County Animal Control.
Doby said he is also setting up adoption booths at local outreach events and adoption fairs.
Anyone wanting to help the shelter work to save animals is welcome, Doby said.
“(We) are looking for volunteers,” he said, noting the shelter now has a full-time volunteer coordinator. “Anyone interested in becoming a shelter volunteer should visit the shelter and fill out an application.”
Training classes will be scheduled as needed, Doby said.
While much has been accomplished, Doby said it’s not time to rest on his laurals just yet.
“We are working as hard as we can to give every animal a chance to find a permanent, loving home,” he said. “We will continue to try and build relationships with rescue groups and the general public to best serve our community.”
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.