A recently established animal rescue group is working to prevent pet owners from having to relinquish animals due to financial trouble or lack of resources.
Helping Animals to Survive (HATS), formed in December as part of grassroots group Make Lincoln County No-Kill, is collecting monetary donations for animals’ medical treatments along with a variety of new or gently used pet items including collars, dry and wet food, scratching posts, bedding, crates, toys and other supplies.
Individuals may drop off items at various locations across the county including Heavenly Paws Grooming in Lincolnton, Westlake Restaurant in Denver and West Lincoln Veterinary Hospital, P.C., in Vale.
According to HATSALIVE.org, Lincoln County Animal Services put more than 1,800 healthy, adoptable cats and dogs to death.
“They are being killed every day without a voice — until now,” the HATS website stated.
The Pet Retention Drive will take place through Feb. 28.
“Our goal is to help pet owners before they find themselves at LCAS surrendering their pets because they see no other choice,” HATS Board President Jena Healy said in a nonprofit press release issued earlier this week.
HATS is dedicated to building an inventory of pet items for community pet owners who need items.
After reaching a “healthy amount of items and funds,” Healy said in the release, the group will seek out those owners thinking about handing over their pets.
Those in need of assistance can email firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for the program once it’s operational.
Individuals may mail monetary donations to P.O. Box 243, Denver, N.C., 28037.