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January 10, 2018 Page 3C it orter By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Save A Pet invited the community to an Open House to tour its facility at 618 Maynard Church Rd Forsyth and meet some of its lovable canine residents and dedicated human volunteers. It held open houses on both Wednesday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 9 to give those who could best attend during the week and those who could come on the weekend the chance to participate. Save A Pet volunteers have worked diligently over the years doing everything from clean- ing kennels, transporting dogs for medical atten- tion, patiently showing attention to animals reluctant to return affec- tion to creatively finding ways to generate funds to support the shelter. They are proud of the new shelter that can now house up to 36 dogs and has safe, healthy accom- modations both inside the shelter and on the 10 acres around it. Kellen Lancer was one of the volunteers who guided visitors on a tour of the Save A Pet shelter. She began work- ing with Save A Pet at its temporary facility in Bolingbroke when she moved to Middle Georgia from New York five years ago. She now volunteers at the shelter once or t e:a mor th. She said there are only two dogs still at Save A Pet from among those she met five years ago, Peavy and Meeka. One dog was recently adopted after liv- ing at Save Pet for seven years. During Open House on Dec. 9, there were 19 dogs at the shelter, with a schnauzer and border collie due to arrive on Monday. Lancer said Save A Pet averages 25 ! ! residents. Every morning volunteers let the dogs out onto their runs, usu- ally in groups of two or three, so that they can clean the pens and feed everyone. The shelter has two quarantine rooms where new arrivals stay for 7-10 days before being allowed to mix with the other residents. Lancer told the story of one dog who was sup- posed to be in quarantine but kept meeting the vol- unteers at the main door each morning. Since one must turn a door knob to exit the quarantine room, Lancer questioned herself and others about who did not close the door tightly. Surveillance cam- eras eventually disclosed that this dog was able to open the door itself. It was quickly adopted, and its new owners were given a warning about its extraordinary escape skills. Save A Pet has a Dog Spa with an industrial size bath for volunteers to use in grooming the residents. The facility office is also the domain of two of the older dogs who are permanent resi- dents and special friends of one another. A storage room holds donations like towels, bowls, toys and other supplies and food. Plans are to obtain an insulated storage unit for food, some of which comes from Pet Smart donations. : ' Ne have great vol- unteers, but we always need more," said Pat Corley, President of Save A Pet, Inc. She said an adult must be present with volunteers ages 16 and under. Young vol- unteers are especially being recruited to become a part of the Reading Rescue program, in which the volunteers read to the dogs. It is a calming, socializing influence on the dog and good read- ing practice for the child. Corley said that plans are to turn the present stor- age room into a lounge/ reading room for the pro- gram after the insulated unit is ready for food. Volunteers are needed to staff Fido's Closet, a gift shop in the front of Save A Pet that is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. seven days/week. It is filled with the many donations given to Save A Pet, including collect- ibles, dolls, purses and art. Other volunteers are needed to work on build- ing more trails on the property, where visitors and dogs can walk. "It's a pretty area, per- fect for a picnic," said Corley. "Fido's Closet has some really unusual items, very unique. I did some shopping myself [for holiday gifts], espe- cially for animal lovers in the family." Alicia Frese-Klenk and Bill Klenk were at the Save A Per open houses signing copies of their book, ' Rescue: A Dog's Journey," the story of a rescue from the perspec- tive of a dog they adopted in Monroe County. To purchase a copy, visit rescuepoohdog.com. The Open House included complimentary lunch and a chance to purchase bake sale items, especial- ly cheese straws. Gene Franklin of Bolingbroke was the lucky raffle win- ner at the open house for a large wicker crate. For more informa- tion about Save A Pet, call 478-994-5223 or 478- 994-3882. Above, volunteers show Open House visitors some of the fenced areas where dogs can enjoy sunshine, exercise and socializing with other dogs on suitable days. (Photos/Diane'Glidewell). Left, Save A Pet volunteers tell a young visitor about the Reading Rescue program as they show her the inside of the shelter where dogs stay at night. Below is a view of the Save A Pet shelter fTom Maynard Church Road. 'S Bolingreen Health & Rehabilitation Center in Bolingbroke entered a contest held by Ethica, a not- for-profit consultative and support organization for nursing homes, in December. The challenge in the contest was to build a gingerbread house that looks like your facility. Lolieta Nunnally, Bolingreen activities director, recruited a nurse, her two children who frequently volunteer at Bolingreen, and two Bolingreen residents to create a Bolingreen gingerbread house. Here are pictures of the the work in progress and the result. (Courtesy of Lolieta Nunnally) Central Georc ia Wildlife Control Bryan Rooks (478) 973-1838 Melinda Rooks (478) 973-2966 Full nuisance wildlife control services including: armadillos bats, beavers bobcats chipmunks coyotes, foxes, muskrats, opossums otters raccoons rodents, skunks, squirrels wild hogs Specializing in the trapping and removal of nuisance wildlife in or around residential or commercial buildings, farms, ranches and hunting clubs. centralgawildlife@gmail.com