Local organizations host Pet Adoption Day – The Macon County News

Jake Henry came to the event Sunday morning becausehe “loves dogs”. All animals that were on-site were personable and ready to find good homes.

Local organizations hosted a pet adoption day event last Sunday at Eddie Lee's Macon Auto Sales on Lake Emory Road. Sunday's event was spearheaded by Kim Lee Stevenson of WNC Large Breed K-9 Rescue and included participation from the Macon County Humane Society and the Macon County Animal Control. The event was deemed the first annual Homeless Adoption Event.

Overall, nine dogs were adopted and two cats were fostered. The Macon County Humane Society will host another adoption day in April.

Tammy Sigler, volunteer with Macon County Animal Control who has been helping with adoption days with her husband Ken, noted one occurrence in particular that was heartfelt when a couple adopted two puppies, a brother and sister, so that the twins they were expecting soon would each have a dog.

Leanna Shirley attended the pet adoption day Sunday. The beagle- mix puppy was one of the dogs that the Macon County Humane Society hoped would be adopted before the event ended.

“My husband and I have been doing these adoptions for them around town and every time we have an adoption, I can't count the amount of people who are shocked that animal control adopt animals out,” said Sigler. “They don't recognize that as an adoption center. I hope people will realize that it's an adoption center too.”

Local merchants were also instrumental in the adoption day. Businesses like Wal-Mart and Ingles gave monetary donations. Pet Stop Pet Store, Smoky Mountain Pets, Smoky Mountain Bicycles, and the Beauty Shop donated items or gift certificates for a raffle that also helped the organizations raise a little extra cash.

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