On December 14, Appalachian Animal Rescue Coalition (AARC), a new life-saving alliance, began regular transports from WNC to rescue organizations in the northeastern United States, where spay/neuter laws have been so successful that the destination agencies have more people eager to adopts pets than animals available for adoption.
AARC has been organized by Animal Compassion Network (ACN), a rescue organization that serves all of Western North Carolina, P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter in Bryson City, Jackson County Humane Society (ARF) and Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue in Transylvania.
What makes AARC different from other transport programs is that the four WNC rescue organizations are working collaboratively to help more dogs, including those from outlying counties where help is not as readily available. AARC has formed partnerships with northern safe-for-life rescue organizations that are ready and willing to receive transports on a monthly basis so they can meet the higher demand for adoptable pets in Massachusetts and New Jersey. The dogs who are transported will come from Buncombe, Haywood, Swain, Jackson, Transylvania, Madison and Rutherford counties.
Volunteers are needed to fill several roles and donations are needed to cover transport expenses. Donations will help defray transport costs. Checks may be sent to Animal Compassion Network (write Transport Program on the memo line) at 803 Fairview St., Asheville, NC 28803. Anyone interested in being a foster or a transport-loading volunteer – or who has questions first – should contact Angie Wilt at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Animal Compassion Network’s Pet Harmony pet store for rescued pets at (828) 274-3647.