The local animal shelter is not the only organization in Madison County working to find homes for homeless pets.
Colbert Pet Rescue is a non-profit pet rescue organization located at the Colbert Animal Hospital on Hwy. 72 in Colbert. The rescue was established eight years ago by veterinarian Dr. Gloria Andrews to provide care for abandoned, sick and injured dogs and cats in Madison County and surrounding areas, according to their website.
Vet Rescue CEO Kelli Cleghorne, who is the daughter of county animal control officer Beth Harmon, says the rescue organization makes several trips each year to Connecticut to transport adoptable dogs and puppies to an area that has less of a problem with pet-overpopulation than here in the South.
“We just made our third trip this year,” Cleghorne said, taking 73 dogs and puppies in need of homes. Cleghorne said all the animals are fully vetted, which includes spay or neuter, vaccinations, deworming and heartworm treatment. They work with an organization called “TAILS” and Petco pet supply stores to ensure that suitable homes are found, Cleghorne said.
Cleghorne said that most of the dogs are usually adopted during special adoption event held at a Petco store.
“We follow up with all those we adopt,” she said, adding that they enjoy hearing how their rescues are settling into their new homes and making sure there are no problems. In addition to transporting pets “up North,” the Rescue also adopts to the local community. Adoption fees for dogs and puppies are usually $200 and all prospective homes are inspected to make sure the animal will have adequate shelter. Cleghorne said the rescue also stipulates that other pets in the home must be up-to-date on their medical care and spayed and neutered before their owners take on a new pet.
Colbert Vet Rescue board members, MaryBeth Ainbinder and Kelli Cleghorne, are shown with two of the Rescue’s adoptable pets, Reddick and Leopold. The Rescue will hold a volunteer workday this Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Margie Richards/staff
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