March 2017
Homeplace & Community

Go Fetch! For an Animal in Need

Crenshaw County Animal Society offers animal lovers many ways to get involved.

Pets for adoption can be found on their website, at Go Fetch! Flea Market or on special adoption days at PetSmart.

 

Mission: Crenshaw County Animal Society is a nonprofit organization made up of citizens who donate their time, talent and other resources in order to provide education and services for people and pets that promote the value of companion animals, create community wellness and enhance lives.

 

Crenshaw County Animal Society started in early 2013 when Betty Massey and Kimmie Thiem started visiting shelters in the surrounding areas to see how they handled the stray and lost animal population. Both of them were passionate about the stray and lost animal situation in Crenshaw County. They were soon joined by other members who have that same passion for animals.

Exciting things are happening for Crenshaw County Animal Society. 2016 was a great year and 2017 is looking even better!

"We have a 12-kennel foster program," said Beth Rogers, who works to help animals, "but we consistently have about 20 cats and dogs at one time – a litter of kittens or pups would be considered a kennel because we’d keep them together, just like they would be with their mom.

"Some animals come into our program through owner-surrender. The owner fills out a surrender form giving us permission to take the pet(s) and get it (them) any medical care needed.

"We also have stray or abandoned animals in our program. If someone finds one, the person turning it in is also asked to sign a surrender form and provide ID. This helps us return animals to their owners if they’ve been lost or stolen, and it also helps us in recordkeeping."

2016 was a building year for CCAS. One of the first additions we made was a lost-and-found page on Facebook for all Crenshaw County citizens (you can find it under Crenshaw County, AL, Lost & Found Animals). Currently, we have over 800 people who belong to the page. We’ve helped reunite animals and their families in our county and the surrounding areas. CCAS members share the posts on the page to buy-sell-trade sites, vet clinics, shelters, and other lost and found sites.

We opened Go Fetch! Flea Market and More earlier in the year. It is located at 998 S. Forest Avenue in Luverne. It’s set up in a cute building holding all kinds of treasures to look through. Right now, it’s open Friday afternoons and all day Saturdays. It sells a little bit of everything – remember the old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Everyone loves to shop with us.

We have some very faithful friends who donate regularly to the market, so new items are available every weekend. Because we’re a non-profit, all donations are tax deductible; we will provide forms to submit with tax paperwork. The proceeds from our sales support our foster program. Anyone who is interested in donating items to sell, or to donate food or pet supplies for our fosters, are welcome to drop them off at the market.

Most weekends, there are at least two or three members who can help answer questions about our programs. Some of our adoptable pets also visit, so you can get to know them. We’ve had several pets adopted through these visits.

We’ve continued the pet foster program started in 2014. We believe in-home fostering is better for animals. They live in our homes with our own pets. They learn how to get along with other animals, as well as people in general. Because we’re around them regularly, we can more easily watch for health problems; we can also learn the little quirks that are part of any animal’s personality. That helps us match our pets with their person. Of course, our animals aren’t placed with their foster until after the mandatory 14-day quarantine and they’ve received any necessary vetting.

We’re also proud to announce that we now have our own transport program, so we can get the animals directly to our rescue partners. We work with several transport companies who move our foster pets to rescue groups throughout the East Coast who help them find the best homes possible, and we’ve added additional rescue partners. Because our county is like many others in the South, we have an overabundance of unwanted animals. It’s not always possible for us to place animals in our area – having partners in other areas makes it easier to help our animals find their forever homes.

We’re looking for 2017 to be a banner year!

Our second annual PAW Poker Run will take place April 22 in Luverne. Last year’s Run was a big success and we plan on it being even bigger and better this year. We’re expecting more bikes, cars and trucks to enter. Last year, the bikers took a couple of hours to ride around the county, draw their cards and play some games. Then they came back to the park to listen to some wonderful speakers, have a delicious lunch and win some door prizes. Besides the obvious support we received from bikers in and around Crenshaw County, one of our pets found their forever home during the event. The poker run is open to all kinds of vehicles, and we welcome everyone to join us for a day of fun! Check our Facebook page for more details or call Beth Rogers at 334-546-8312. Please plan to come join us!

We’ve also got a couple of other surprises in store for later in the year. Be watching our Facebook page for announcements as they come up.

We now have an adoption partner – our pets will now also be available for adoption through PetSmart events. Some of our members will be on-site during these events, along with some of our pets. Potential families can meet the pets. Any pets adopted will get to go to their new homes that day, along with any supplies they need that can be purchased on-site. PetSmart also donates treat bags for pets that are adopted during these events. Participating in this program opens our pets up to even more opportunities to find loving homes.

We’re also working with the Animal Alliance in Montgomery for a low-cost spay/neuter program. We will offer free transport for cats and dogs once a month. We’ll announce the date every month at our market, on our Facebook pages, in the local paper and on the local radio station. We do have some guidelines:

 

There are other options besides dropping donations off at Go Fetch!:

If you have any questions, call us at 334-335-2138 (CCAS) or 334-304-2552 (Go Fetch!).

 

Mary Delph is an associate editor with AFC Cooperative Farming News. You may email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..