Sending out an SOS

Published 1:39 pm Thursday, December 7, 2017

Foothills Humane Society to host adoption event Saturday

So many strayed, rescued and surrendered dogs, cats, puppies and kittens have come into the Foothills Humane Society (FHS), that an Adoption SOS Event will be held this Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“So crowded here, we’re doubling up,” says Christine Taylor, FHS executive director. “Broadcasting an SOS, the old Morse code to send help, is our only choice. As a private, non-profit, no-kill shelter, we won’t euthanize to make room. Our only option is to get a surge in adoptions or fosters ASAP. We have a big selection of sizes, ages, colors and we’re adding incentives to make Saturday’s SOS event a success.”

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Kayla Parrish, professional trainer and owner of 2 Lead with Love Training, will be volunteering at the event to offer consultation and answer questions to help potential adopters better understand canine behavior. She adds, “To anyone who adopts a dog or puppy at the event, we offer follow-up training at a discount.”

Other trainers and trained shelter staff who know the cats and dogs will also offer personal advice for matchmaking owners and pets. Each adoption comes with a bonus goodie-bag while supplies last. Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Susan Wallahora, FHS board president, adds, “Every adopted cat or dog comes with a neuter or spay, up-to-date vaccinations, any illnesses identified and treated, implanted microchip, socialization by our staff, follow-up advice, and as the ultimate adoption assurance, a guarantee that if you don’t lose your heart, your pet will be welcomed back.”

For details call 828-863-4444, or simply stop in and visit at 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, N.C. FHS is online at

– submitted by Vincent Verrecchio