The shelter shows off a few kittens for adoption.
WENTWORTH – For the last five years, the Rockingham County Animal Shelter has worked with the community to provide 5,000 animals each year with a safe place to call home.
Young or old, the shelter has worked to provide these animals with food, water, updated shots and a warm bed.
But even with the continued need for support, you can see all of the good things that the shelter is doing to give these furry friends refuge and hope.
Currently the shelter is offering a spay and neuter program that reduces cost for citizens and improves the long term health of the animals.
“We’ve seen people with litters of kittens and puppies that have signed up for the program,” shelter Director Kevin Baughn said. “When people have more than one animal, we try to get them to sign up for the program as well. It’s free and we just want to be progressive and proactive in the community.”
Another way to show support is by working as a volunteer.
“Our volunteers really help to get the animals adopted,” he said. “By having someone walk the dogs, play with the cats and giving them the chance to interact with humans, it helps the animals when someone is coming to adopt them. You can see that they have been walked and handled.”
The available volunteer opportunities range from dog walkers, bathing the dogs, morning cleaning of the shelter and rabies clinics to holiday adoption fairs.
But more than anything, Baughn said the best thing about working with the shelter, is the joy people receive from the animals.
“My favorite thing about this job is when you see that connection,” Baughn said. “You know, we put an animal up for adoption and someone adopts it and these people will send us letters, emails or even give us a call about how much this dog or cat means to them,”
For more information, contact the shelter’s office at (336) 394-0075 or view an updated list of the available animals at the shelter by visiting www.rockinghamcountyanimalshelter.org.