The volunteers at Humane Society of Jackson County, also known as ARF, has made it their mission to educate Jackson County about the importance of spaying and neutering animals. ARF has taken their message one step further and secured a grant from the PetSmart Charities Foundation for $20,000. The money is used to spay and neuter dogs in Cullowhee at no cost to the animal owners.
PetSmart Charities has given more than $165 million in grants and programs to help animal-welfare organizations. Due to their generosity, more than 5 million animals have been saved nationwide.
ARF applied for the grant in 2012 and they targeted Cullowhee as their focus. ARF had to collect census data on the targeted area that included income and population numbers. They also had to have some hope of impacting at least 60 to 70 percent of the population of unaltered dogs. This would have been harder to accomplish with cats because the numbers are much greater.
“We couldn’t target a place like Whittier or Downtown Sylva, since they aren’t broken out separately from the greater Sylva area on the census,” said Mary Adams, Vice President of ARF and WCU professor. “We are too small of a group with too small of an annual budget to handle all of Jackson County. That is why we decided on Cullowhee.” [Read more...]