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Southern Cross Animal Rescue League Buys Facility

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Southern Cross Animal Rescue finally has a permanent home at 1712 Highway 184 E.  Board President Heather Williams said they have a lot to be thankful for since so many animal organization try to reach this point and are never able to have a facility.

https://www.facebook.com/SouthernCrossAnimalRescue?ref=br_tf

"It's very hard," Williams said.  "It's difficult. It's expensive. There's a lot to it, so without the help of community bank, we would never be sitting here just six months after starting, walking into a brand new building that belongs to us."

Community Bank of Laurel donated 3/4 of the cost of the new facility.

SCAR now sits on over an acre of land.  Out back, there is a surgery room where Dr. Lawson will volunteer her time for spaying, neutering, and performing minor surgeries the animals require.  There are also eight kitty cottages that will hold about five to seven cats each.

"That way they can be happy, stress-free, reduce the risk of disease spread when they're in smaller little colonies," Williams said.

The front of the main building has room for offices and meeting space.  The back half will hold 55 to 80 dog kennels.  The back yard will be fenced, so the dogs can spend the majority of their day playing outside.

Williams said it's hard to believe that in six months they've started an organization that has grown to 11 board members and have helped over 160 animals...

"We've done so much, but this step of actually having a facility is just breathtakingly exciting," Williams said. 

She said they will still utilize their foster program to temporarily house animals since some animals do better that way.

They are not looking to enter contracts with cities or counties at this time.

"We're really sticking to our roots of being a no-kill organization," Williams said.  "We focus on rescuing the worst of the worst, the starved animals on the side of the road, the mangy, sick animals."

There are numerous ways you can help.

The needs to speed the process of opening their new facility include building supplies, fencing, cinder blocks, shelving, lumber, cleaning supplies, office furniture, office supplies.

They also could use dog and cat food, crates, blankets, bowls, etc.

http://www.petsensellc.com/laurel.html

Petsense in Laurel is one drop-off location.  Donors can also contact SCAR through Facebook to make other arrangements.

 

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