The Granville County Humane Society is sponsoring Paws for Granville Sept 30 as a fun way for the community to help dogs and cats in the area.
This free event that will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Granville County Expo Center on US Hwy 15 just south of Oxford, according to Angela Gooch, a Humane Society volunteer helping to spread the word about the upcoming fundraiser.
Gooch talked with WIZS’s Bill Harris on a recent segment of The Local Skinny! and said it’s been a tough year not only for The Granville County Humane Society but for shelters all over the state.
“It’s been a very difficult year with all the surrenders and sick animals that have come in,” Gooch said.
Paws for Granville is one of two fundraisers sponsored by the local humane society each year to help pay for local spay/neuter programs.
There will be a truck on site to accept donations of dog and cat food to stock the pet pantry, which is used to help low-income clients provide food for their pets.
80 plus vendors are scheduled to bring an array of handcrafted items, from jewelry to fishing lures, Gooch said. Participants can enjoy browsing among the vendor booths from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
And, as always with these events, there will be food trucks. Next Level Kennels, one of the main sponsors for the event, will have its mobile grooming van on site so Fluffy and Rover can look their best!
All across the area, animal shelters report being at capacity, and Gooch said rescue groups and foster agencies are working hard to get adoptable animals into homes.
In Granville County alone, the shelter has spent $15,000 to spay and neuter dogs and cats.
Gooch said that, typically, there are more cats that get turned in to shelters, but that has not been the case in Granville County lately.
“Dogs have been coming in great, great numbers,” she said, adding that “rescues are full and (they) have no place to go.”
Volunteers are needed for the event and the Granville Co. Humane Society is always looking for families to help with fostering animals.
“It is a labor of love and it takes a lot of time and patience,” Gooch said of her work and the work of other rescuers and fosters.