Want to do something special for the animals this holiday season? Turn your holiday house party in to a Political Action Committee fundraiser for the animals! It’s easy! You already have the party planned - just add in a celebration of animals! You can ask friends and family to forego the holiday gifts and donate to NCVAW.
Two great options:
1. Ask guests to provide checks for NCVAW and send them all in together or
2. Have your computer set up so that guests can make contributions directly from your party on line!
This upcoming year will be a big year for the animals. Not only do we have a bill to regulate commercial breeders pending, it is an election year. NCVAW has the opportunity to make a difference in our legislature, but that cannot happen without you. We need your help to come together for the animals in NC and create change. Click here for details on donations: http://ncvaw.org/donate/
It is that easy. Incorporate animal welfare into your holiday season and let’s set the tone for 2014 and beyond.
If your fundraiser raises $1,000 or more we will feature your pet as the NCVAW pet for a full month! A professional photographer will come to your home for a photo shoot! Be the first to hold a holiday fundraiser and have your pet be one of our three holiday pets. Here is the information on pet of the month photo series: http://ncvaw.org/nc-voters-speaking-for-the-voiceless/
The dogs, many of which were suffering from untreated medical conditions, were living in wire chicken coops and in a breezeway that was filled with filth. Photo courtesy Humane Society
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
More than 100 dogs were discovered at a Pender County puppy mill Wednesday, along with other animals, according to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.
About 10 a.m., the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at 8440 Highway 11 in Willard.
Inside, they found 104 dogs including chihuahuas, English bulldogs, huskies and poodles, said Keith Ramsey, a lieutenant with the sheriff’s office. There also were 62 chickens, three calves and a goat.
The dogs were living in wire chicken coops and in a breezeway that was filled with filth. Ramsey said the breezeway was muddy because of the recent rain.
Several of the dogs were ill and were cared for by three veterinarians who were on site.
“Some of the dogs are going to need additional veterinary care, so once they get to the shelters that will be provided for them,” Ramsey said.
The dogs were taken to shelters in Guilford and Wake Counties.
Other than the Humane Society and Pender County Sheriff’s Office, other agencies involved in the rescue included the N.C. Veterinary Medical Association, Guilford County Animal Shelter and SPCA of Wake County.
“It is heartbreaking to see these dogs in such poor condition – no animal should suffer the way they did,” said Kim Alboum, N.C. director for the Humane Society of the United States, in a release.
Charges are pending against the property’s owner, who agreed to surrender the animals.
Authorities discovered the puppy mill when someone filed a complaint regarding a sick puppy they’d purchased from a rescue group. The sheriff’s office approached a member of the rescue group who said she’d put the puppy online for another woman, Ramsey said.
That’s when authorities discovered the Willard house.
“We are pleased to be able to help these animals get the care and treatment that they need,” said Penny Brown, Pender County’s animal control officer, in a release.
What a difference a few years can make! In NC, the animal advocate community is growing more and more cohesive. There is one thing that we are still not good at; admitting we cannot do everything. Here is something to consider, the sheer number of animal advocates working in NC should allow us to do what we do best and ask for help on the rest. For example, some of us may do great at transport arrangements and scheduling, but lack time to foster. We may be comfortable fundraising, but not so good at volunteer coordination. So why are we having such a hard time asking for help? We have to learn to trust each other.
Let’s make an effort to reach out to our fellow animal advocates and talk about how we can work together. Admitting that you cannot do everything does not make you less of an advocate for the animals, it makes us stronger as a community. There is no single person that can solve all of our animal welfare issues in NC, but together we can create change!
NC Voters Speaking for the Voiceless is a fundraising campaign that is intended to allow our donors and their family members to speak out for the voiceless animals in NC. Your family will become the voice for North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare for one month. Our goal is to encourage and share that the citizens of North Carolina are responsible for instituting change in our State. There are two ways in which you can participate in this program. Read more
They said that we could never organize enough to have an impact. They were wrong.
Now they are saying that we cannot raise enough money to be relevant. Let’s prove them wrong!
They have not met the NC animal advocates! With over 10,000 people in the NCVAW Facebook page and thousands of active animal advocates across the state, it is more possible than ever for us to become one of the largest political action committees in the state. Every contribution helps! The animal welfare movement in NC is changing fast. We are meeting with legislators, local officials and law enforcement, working together to improve the lives of animals. Times are changing and animal advocates are banning together to advance policies that protect all animals.
We cannot compete with those that oppose our mission without your lifesaving contributions. With your contributions, we will pass responsible laws for animals and continue to create new partnerships along the way. Let’s ban together once again this Labor Day weekend and create the largest social media fund raiser to date!
The Burlington Animal Shelter in Burlington, N.C., received a grant from The Humane Society of the United States for shelter repair and improvements, enrichment for shelter animals, elimination of gas chamber euthanasia and other much needed supplies and equipment. The Burlington Animal Shelter serves Alamance County with outreach, education and low cost spay/neuter services through the Spay Neuter Clinic of Alamance County. The City of Burlington operates the shelter and the spay/neuter clinic.
Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS, said: “The Burlington Animal Shelter and its very dedicated staff work hard to create a comprehensive animal welfare program for their community and improve adoptions. We hope this grant goes a long way in improving the lives of animals in Alamance County.”
Greg Seel, director of Burlington Animal Shelter said: “While we are happy to have eliminated the use of the gas chamber, we are still concerned about the large number of animals that are euthanized in Alamance County every year. Euthanasia is a community issue, and we will continue to be an advocate of spaying and neutering and informing the community of the resources that are available to them. The Spay Neuter Clinic of Alamance County, Humane Society of Alamance County and Private Practice Veterinary Hospitals are three excellent resources available to anyone who wants to spay or neuter their animal.”
The funds for this grant will be used to:
* Discontinue the use of the gas chamber as a method of euthanasia by training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment for more humane alternative drug-based methods
* Purchase equipment and supplies for the animals
* Print educated literature for community outreach projects
In her first press conference as First Lady, Ann McCrory spoke out Wednesday in favor of legislation restricting puppy mills that has languished in a Senate committee since being passed by the House last month. Watch Video
A new television commercial will begin airing this week to warn North Carolinians that important, long-standing food safety and animal welfare safeguards are in jeopardy because of a power grab by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and their allies in the state legislature. The ad urges state lawmakers to block a special interest bill that would make it a crime for investigative journalists and advocates for the protection of animals, consumers and worker safety to document and expose inhumane and illegal activity at industrial agriculture facilities. Read more.
This week we talk to co-founder of the Moore County Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee, Angela Zumwalt. Their goal is to share the Pet Responsibility Curriculum with over 1,000 4th grade students in Moore County each year. Also, they are expanding their program throughout North Carolina with the help of animal advocates. Learn how you can bring their program to your community!
You can download the show to your computer or listen to it here on the website. Also it will be available via podcast feed on iTunes.