ALEXIS, N.C. – --- Tri-County Animal Rescue, Inc. has announced the following this week:
GRANTS PRESENTED --- Tri-County Animal Rescue, Inc., is a non-profit organization serving Gaston, Lincoln and other surrounding counties, committed to ending pet homelessness in this area with a mission of finding homes for unwanted dogs and cats. TCAR is a small operation that has helped thousands in our area. We have placed over 600 pets this year and helped a number of folks with requests for veterinary care assistance, pet food, flea medications, etc.
We pride ourselves that our organization is totally volunteer-oriented, with quality people. Most of the adult volunteers work full time jobs but give their free time, energy and resources.
TCAR also has a large teenaged volunteer base in the Gaston County area. We have teenagers come out to our adoption events every week at the Gastonia PetSmart to help with the available pets for adoption. The teenagers spend their Saturdays walking dogs, cleaning up after the dogs, talking to potential adopters about the pets, cleaning cat litter boxes, brushing dogs and cats, socializing many of the pets, and even fostering pets. Most of the local schools require the students to perform community service hours. Many of our teenagers start out getting their hours in for school but then they keep coming back because the work is so rewarding.
This teenager volunteer program is a WIN/WIN for everyone because it benefits the teenagers, the pets and TCAR. TCAR wants to help our well deserving teenagers by offering The Tri-County Animal Rescue Scholarship Grant to help offset the cost of college. All of us at TCAR feel strongly about investing into the education of our teenagers.
Two Tri-County Animal Rescue Scholarship Grants were presented to wonderful young ladies this past Saturday. The funds were provided by the Andrea McKee Ray memorial fund.
The recipients are Gabriella King and Ashlynn Chaney. TCAR is blessed to know these young women. TCAR volunteer, Beth Dover, is presenting the checks.
Gabriella (Gabby) King started her first semester at Gaston College in the Fall of 2018. Gabby has completed three semesters and taken many prerequisite classes such as English, Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology (1 and 2), Microbiology, and many more. This semester Gabby will be taking Statistical Methods 1 (with support), Philosophical Issues, and Sociology. The next step for Gabby is to apply for the nursing program (ADN program) at Gaston College. After graduating from Gaston College with a nursing degree, Gabby plans to transfer to UNC Charlotte to get her BSN degree.
Ashlynn Chaney is applying to NC State. She will be attending the university beginning in the Fall of 2020. Ashlynn is currently earning her High School diploma AND her Associates Degree in Science at Gaston Early College High School. She will graduate in May 2020. Ashlynn wants to major in Zoology.
PET OF THE WEEK --- Tri-County Animal Rescue has Labrador Retriever mixed pups as our Pet of the Week. We have Rachel, Sarah, Levi and Hero. They are between 4-5 months old and are still growing. They are big and full of puppy energy that never stops except to sleep. They love all people and other pets. They have beautiful short hair so grooming is a bath and towel dry. They are spayed/neutered, current on vaccines and micro-chipped. Please come meet these big babies this weekend.
The Labrador Retriever is one terrific family dog -- given enough vigorous exercise (preferably including swimming and fetching games) and not just a walk around the block once a day. Too much confinement and not enough exercise can lead to rambunctiousness and destructive chewing.
One of the best dogs for children of all ages, Labrador Retrievers are kindly, good-natured, and take most things in stride. Most Labrador Retrievers are very friendly with everyone, though compared to Golden Retrievers, many Labs are just a bit more conservative with their affections. Also more independent -- though quite biddable and responsive to obedience training, some Labrador Retrievers can have a noticeable stubborn streak. Some have necks like bulls and barely notice tugs on the leash.
You must control this breed's tendency to chew on objects and to mouth your hands -- provide a box filled with toys that he can carry around in his mouth. The Labrador Retriever matures slowly, remaining a spirited teenager for several years, which sounds fun . . . but does require patience and training to manage.
If you want a dog who…
- Is large and bouncy, with an enthusiastic attitude toward life
- Has a short easy-care coat
- Has a cheerful, tail-wagging nature
- Thrives on exercise and athletic activities
- Is steady-tempered and dependable with everyone
- Is peaceful with other animals
- Is eager to please and responsive to training
Then a Labrador Retriever may be right for you.
ADULT PET OF THE WEEK --- Tri-County Animal Rescue has this beautiful Beagle girl named Fancy as our Adult Pet of the Week. Fancy is between 2-3 years old. She is a tiny beagle and only weighs 13 pounds. Fancy loves all people and other pets. She has short hair so grooming is a bath and towel dry. Fancy is spayed, current on vaccines and micro-chipped. Please come meet this baby girl this Saturday at PetSmart.
Beagles are clowns at heart, but they carry themselves with dignity. They are playful dogs, ready and able for games, but they are also lovers, and must be close to their humans. Beagles love to be the center of attention, and are heartsick if ignored. Personality-wise, Beagles are happy and affectionate, loyal and charming, playful and mischievous. They are very intelligent, however, they can be willful, which makes training challenging.
If you are looking for an addition to your family, please come out and meet our pets this weekend. We have many available pets at the Gastonia PetSmart located at 3698 East Franklin Boulevard this Saturday noon to 6 p.m.