WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896

Going the extra mile to save dogs’ lives

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For more than 10 years, who has offered a no-kill shelter for dogs in Wilson County and helped save more than 13,000 dogs’ lives here because of medical attention, love, care and prevention of unwanted litters?

Real-life events occur: house fires and homeless pets. Who will take five or six dogs because the owner has lost everything? You’re retiring and can’t travel with your dogs — where do you bring them? Your dog has 10 puppies and you cannot afford to care for them — who finds a home for them? Abused dogs — who takes these dogs in?

Theoretically, it’s improbable that a vet can spay or neuter 20 or more dogs and cats in a day, but where does this happen?

Oh, yes, who in this area willingly takes dogs to Cary for serious surgeries and pays for the procedures simply because they love animals?

Focusing on just the animals, who takes in sick dogs, 100-pound three-legged dogs, two-legged dogs, heartworm-positive dogs, starving dogs who still have spirit and a life to live?

Doctor’s office visits at no cost?

Or heartworm treatments for hundreds of dollars less than average facilities?

Generally, volunteers seek forever homes for dogs, but who offers a forever place, a sanctuary, for those dogs who are too sick, too big, too inconvenient — who would otherwise be put down?

Saving dogs, spaying and neutering, medical care, life-care, loving, caring, adoption, fostering, foster failing — whose mission?

It is our mission. We are here for the love of dogs.

Debbie Dudasik

Wilson

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