15 Years Saving Animals in Franklin County 2002-2017
New Rescue Name, New Look, New Website!
Thank You For All You Do To Help The Animals!
There was about 5 of us when FCHS became an idea and our goal was to change how people in Franklin County viewed animal welfare. Animal Control was a concrete building at Franklin County landfill, did not even have an Animal Shelter sign, until 1 volunteer paid for the sign out of their own pocket. Our resources were very scarce, so we had a yard sale to raise money for 501 status and found a retired attorney to look over the paperwork for us. We incorporated to a 501c3 in 2002.
Animal Control was under the Board of Health at the time and we faced many obstacles and not much support from the County. We had not yet established our name, so we piggybacked on other rescue groups in Raleigh and attended their adoption events at the Petsmart. It was an uphill battle to make a name for ourselves and to get the community to take us seriously. We even created a D/B/D Paws For Life, in hopes to generate more of a feel good vibe for the organization. The current members attended countless Commissioner meetings as well as BOH meetings to get our voices heard on serious issue in Franklin County.
With very limited funding and resources, most of the cost incurred from rescuing was funded by our small foster base, whom also served as Board of Directors. We did take many of our fosters to the Vet School and allowed vet students to perform the surgeries in order to save on cost. This was dictated by availability of slots (great deal of rescues took this route), so adoption turnover was very slow.
As you can see, this group has come a long way and grown so much.~ Deana Ayers