By Kay Whatley, Editor
Round up your pet(s) and head to the Franklin County, North Carolina animal control shelter and take photos of your dogs and cats with Santa Claus.
The shelter address is 351 T Kemp Road, Louisburg NC, just a stone’s throw from the Sheriff’s Office.
Photographs are $5, with all proceeds going to help Franklin County shelter animals. Santa will be there from noon until 2pm, with the shelter open until 4pm.
Cats and dogs at the shelter may be visited, and adopted for an adoption fee of $25, which includes free microchips and free spay/neuter for animals adopted during this event. All animals will also have UTD vaccines.
Visit the Franklin County Animal Shelter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Franklin-County-Animal-Shelter-NC-1611279562433148 for updates. Note that on their Facebook page they sometimes post photos of lost pets for county residents.
Adoptable pets are shown via the Sheriff’s Office at www.fcsonc.org/available-adoptions. (The shelter falls under the oversight of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, which also controls its budget.)
This event is organized at the county shelter by the SPCA of Franklin County. Proceeds will go to help shelter animals. The SPCA of Franklin County NC is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SPCAFC.
How To Support The Shelter Any Day
If you can’t make it to this December 16 event, you can still support Franklin County’s shelter animals in several ways.
Donate items on the shelter “Wish List”
- dog and cat toys (large Kong toys)
- leashes and collars for dogs or cats
- cat litter
- de-wormer for dogs/puppies or cats/kittens
- topical flea treatments
- storage containers with lids
- anti-bacterial hand soap
- floor cleaner
- paper towels
- disinfectant wipes
- trash bags
- air fresheners
Donate funds directly to the county shelter
Yes, the shelter can accept monetary donations and they earmark them for specific programs, using them wisely, independent of county administration. This helps them to provide spay/neuter, vaccinations, medical care for injured/sick pets, and microchips to the cats and dogs brought into the shelter. The county budget does not cover the high number of animals taken in each year.
The shelter also has a grant-funded trap-neuter-return (TNR) program fund which is understaffed. They need more funds to hire a person to handle feral/stray TNR. With the current level of funding and personnel, stray and feral animals that cannot be adopted are being euthanized. Give what you can and you will directly save feline and canine lives.
Or, give funds to help the shelter provide care to the shelter’s animals to make them more adoptable. Note that the shelter cannot ask for funds or fund raise, but they can accept donations. Just walk in and tell them you want to donate directly.
If you know anyone with deep pockets who loves animals, have them contact the shelter and see if enough funds and personnel may be afforded to do better by Franklin County!
Volunteer at the shelter
Call to find out how you can help. Many hands make light work! Call 919.496.3032 and ask them how you can pitch-in.
Event Flyer (click for larger view)