Mitchell Animal Shelter 30th Anniversary Fur Ball Gala 7/26
Mitchell County Animal Rescue (MCAR) is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary serving the people and animals of Mitchell County. MCAR began as a non-profit humane society in 1984 and ten years later the shelter opened as a joint program with the county to deal with the problem of hundreds of stray and abandoned animals in a county which previously had no animal shelter. For its first decade as a non-profit volunteer organization MCAR operated by placing pets in foster homes. Jan Ritter who has been with MCAR since the beginning and is the retiring Board President commented, “The success of MCAR is due to the cooperation of folks from all walks of life, each sharing the common bond of compassion for animals. It is a privilege to be a part of this great organization and to celebrate its 30 years of commitment to improving the lives of stray and unwanted animals.”
In addition to funding from the county MCAR relies heavily upon donations from businesses and the people of Mitchell County in order to properly care for the stray and unwanted pets that find their way to the shelter. All pets are spayed or neutered before leaving for their new homes following the adoption process. According to the organization’s Executive Director, Patricia Beam, “ MCAR also assists law enforcement in cruelty investigations, offers low cost (currently free thanks to a generous donor) spay/neuter programs to pets owned by the public, provides in school humane education, and low cost rabies clinics in cooperation with the health department.”
To celebrate the 30th anniversary milestone MCAR is holding the Fur Ball Gala on Saturday, July 26 from 7-10PM at the TRAC Gallery, Upper Level in downtown Spruce Pine. For a $50 per person contribution to MCAR, guests will enjoy an evening of music by the Bob Early Jazz Quartet, food prepared by The Speckled Dog and a range of beverages. Tickets are available at the MCAR offices, Penland Gallery, Mica Gallery in Bakersville, and the Dispensary and Moose Crossing in Spruce Pine. For sponsorship information contact Robbie Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Early sponsors include Mike Brown Ford Subaru, Greiner Ezell Associates at Merrill Lynch and the Blumenthal Foundation.
The Mitchell County Animal Rescue is located at 2492 Hwy 19E between Spruce Pine and Penland Rd. Hours are Monday-Friday 10AM-4:30PM. Closed Saturday and Sunday. For further information call 828-765-6952.