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March 13, 2014

DARE Animal Rescue hosts first foster event

VALDOSTA — With the ever-growing problem of shelter overpopulation and the increasing number of strays throughout the city, the need for animal rescues is constant. DARE Animal Rescue is excited to begin its work in helping combat these problems.

DARE Animal Rescue hosts its first foster event, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, Canine Clubhouse, 305 Janet St.

DARE, which stands for Defending, Advocating, Rescuing, and Educating, was established on Jan. 24. The rescue was formed with the mission to improve the lives of animals in the community and to reduce, and one day eliminate entirely, the pet overpopulation in Lowndes County.

DARE’s goal is to rescue as many abandoned and neglected animals as possible by providing them with temporary homes until good, permanent homes can be found for them. They hope to accomplish this through an effective foster program that consists of responsible, caring foster parents.

“The success of any animal rescue is dependent on good, dependable foster homes,” said Mechelle Sullivan, DARE’s founder.

With almost 40 years combined experience in animal rescue, Sullivan and Mandi O’Drobinak decided to begin their animal-rescue organization. DARE strongly advocates saving animals by adopting pets from shelters and other animal-rescue organizations.

“DARE believes the only way to truly improve the lives of animals, in a lasting way, is to educate pet owners and make them aware of their responsibility to care for their pets properly, stressing the importance of “spaying/neutering, providing regular veterinary care, providing adequate food, water, shelter, and by providing for the emotional and physical well being of their pets,” according to the DARE brochure.

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