As was reported previously, Haywood Animal Welfare Association (HAWA), Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation Inc. (SARF’s), and the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic are banning together with the Haywood County Animal Control (HCAC) shelter to help reduce the stray and feral cat population in Haywood County that has become such a problem in that county. In this second of a three part series of articles we will look at the role Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation plays in this drama.
According to SARF’s web site both organizations are working to benefit the animals of Haywood County. Where HAWA is handling the spay/neuter clinic and general educational material, SARF’s goal is a no-kill shelter for Haywood County. SARF’s an animal rescue foundation that helps numerous cats by taking them out of the (health, adoptable cats) HCAC shelter and putting them in foster homes or permanent homes.
SARF’s activities at this time focus on fund-raising and rescuing as many pets as possible through their Foster Care Program. Funds received from grants and fundraisers go to paying for spay/neuter, vaccinations, and checkups of adoptable pets.
Connie Hewitt reports, SARF’s also subsidizes the adoptions of cats/kittens at the HCAC shelter lowering the fees from $57.50 to $27.50 for males and from $87.50 to $37.50 for females. At the HCAC shelter this includes the cats/kitten’s spaying or neutering, Rabies vaccination, and worming. If you adopt from SARF’s the fee is $50 per cat/kitten and includes spaying or neutering, Feline Leukemia/HIV testing and vaccination, Distemper vaccination, Rabies vaccination, flea treatment, and worming. The goal of SARF’s is to place as many healthy cats/kittens as possible in loving homes. Below are some yearly figures that are kept by SARF’s, which show a decease at HCAC in recent years of euthanizes.
Year Impounded Euthanized % Saved +/-
2006 1483 1138 23.26% +
2007 1547 1200 22.43% –
2008 1806 1397 22.65% –
2009 1811 1147 36.66% +
2010 1720 996 42.09% +
Most spay/neuter operations are performed at Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic in Asheville, NC. There will be more information about this facility in the next article. Be sure to come back to read next week’s article.