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The Anson County Health Department is pleased to report that the newly formed Board of the Friend of the Anson County Animal Shelter, Inc., held its organizational meeting on April 8.

This is a volunteer group whose mission is to support the operation of the new animal shelter in Anson County. The nonprofit will manage fundraising and ongoing donations for the shelter. The seven-member volunteer board includes Sheriff Tommy Allen, County Manager Lawrence Gatewood, Interim Health Department director Wayne Raynor, animal services director Becky Wilson, and three at-large members from the community — Jeremy Burr, Rufus Getzen and Gloria Overcash.

The group elected Getzen as president, Burr as vice president, Overcash as treasurer and Bonnie Huntley, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, was designated to serve as secretary.

“Our initial fund raising goal is $25,000 per year to provide the animals in the shelter with food and medical care,” Getzen said. He went on to say that $25,000 may seem like a lot of money, “but it works out to about $1 per resident per year, and a goal I believe we’ll exceed; our overall goal is to raise awareness in the community of the needs of the animal shelter and coordinate fundraising campaigns to support the funds already committed by Anson County and the towns.”

Getzen expressed that our citizens are thrilled that the county commissioners have made the animal shelter a priority by purchasing the former Brown Creek Animal Hospital facility and staffing it with experienced and capable animal care and animal control workers.

“I’m excited and honored to be selected to lead this much-needed initiative,” Getzen stated.

Sheriff Allen stated that this is a group of individuals from diverse backgrounds, all sharing a common interest and love for pets. “The old shelter, known as the dog pound, was built in the early 80s and has become obsolete in size and functionality, and the location is not convenient,” Allen said.

“The new shelter is a game-changer. It is attractive, functional, conveniently located and large enough to meet our needs for decades to come,” Raynor said. He also stated that the new focus will be on getting more animals spayed/neutered and adopted by caring homes and families

The animal shelter is scheduled to open April 28, and the dedication and open house is set for May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those wishing to donate to the animal shelter should send checks or money orders to: Anson County Animal Shelter, 101 S. Greene St., Suite 205, Wadesboro, NC 28170.

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