Shelter Pets to Go Brings New Life to Gaston County Animals

Nancy Foltz becomes moved when she remembers Judy Miles.

Miles donated $ 150 to Shelter Pets to Go, and before her death in January 2018, she was able to see the animals she sponsored being adopted into loving homes. Memorial donations in his name totaling $ 2,400 would help other animals find homes.

“It made the program work,” Foltz said last week.

Shelter Pets to Go was launched on July 2, 2017 and has since helped 548 pets find or rescue permanent homes.

The idea for Shelter Pets to Go came in the spring of 2017 when fellow lawyer Terry Kenny, who also served as director of the Gaston County Low Cost Spay / Neuter Clinic, saw an advertisement with a pet registered for free adoption. Kenny asked Foltz to start a similar program.

“She believed that if we could charge for the verification of these animals through donations and sponsorships, they would either be adopted or saved,” Foltz said.

Word of the program quickly spread. People adopting a new furry friend would be surprised at the free process, leading them to donate and help another pet.

“I don’t have to go out and beat the bushes anymore to get people to donate,” Foltz said.

Foltz maintains a collection of photos of animals and their new owners. A photo shows Bennett Williams with his new dog Buck. The boy’s father died of COVID-19 and he asked his mother, Dolly, for a dog as a graduation gift.

“Buck is looking at him and it’s so cute. You can tell this dog is going to be a great help to him throughout the healing process,” Foltz said.

All Shelter Pets to Go dogs and cats receive veterinary care, including vaccines, spayed or neutered, and microchipped before adoption. The local program is also raising awareness of the good pets available for adoption at the county animal shelter, she said.

“I think when people see the shelter’s wonderful pets on social media and other places, why would you go out and buy a dog?” asked Foltz.

Shelter Pets to Go is partnering with the Gaston County Animal Shelter to adopt pets.

“We try to choose different dogs. Obviously we have a lot of pity, but I think it helps us market these dogs more and give them and the cats an extra chance,” said Tyler Moore, shelter supervisor. .

The majority of animal adoptions through Shelter Pets to Go have been successful, Moore said.

For more information on the animals featured by Shelter Pets to Go, contact Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement 704-922-8677.

Buck the dog watches Bennett Williams who adopted him from the Shelter Pets to Go program