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MOUTH OF WILSON — Rugby Creek Animal Rescue in Grayson County is raising money to build a series of kennels in an effort to rescue and find new homes for orphaned dogs.
Although Rugby Creek is primarily a horse farm and rescue, they have been networking with Mitchell Mill Animal Hospital and Rescue in Raleigh, N.C., and Partner’s Canines over the past few months to provide a haven for dogs as they go through the necessary two-week quarantine periods. During this time, rescue dogs are dewormed, vaccinated and receive any additional healthcare needed before they are transported to their forever homes.
In a recent update, the rescue reported that it was able to save approximately 10 puppies and two to three adult dogs each month over an eight-week period.
However, by continuing to work in make-shift conditions, these efforts can only go so far.
Their kennel project, called “Dobby’s Dog Kennels,” is in memory of a rescue dog that recently passed away due to several medical complications, including skin abnormalities that caused pain during even the smallest movements.
A foster family received Dobby, but after spending some time with the family, he developed internal organ issues, as well. “We did everything in our power to help and fix him, but after much tearful consideration by all who loved him, we felt it was the selfless decision to let him go,” according to Dobby’s story on the Rugby Creek website.
By building these kennels, Rugby Creek hopes to save other dogs. The finished kennel project will offer two 10x10-foot dog lots, two 5x10-foot lots and two 7x10-foot lots to serve as temporary homes.
The project is set to launch in three phases. The first phase, with a due date of Nov. 15, has been set with a goal of $2,500. The money will go towards grading and preparing the space and pouring the concrete, which will need to be done before colder weather sets in.
“We only need 250 people to donate $10,” said a news release for the project. At this time, the rescue has already raised $650.
Phase two and phase three will each require $1,500, but a due date for these have not yet been set.
In addition to donations, Rugby Creek has reached out to the community with a request to share its needs with others in the community. Any donations, gift cards and fundraisers are encouraged, welcomed and appreciated to get their project off of the ground.
• Rugby Creek Animal Rescue is located at 1314 Rugby Road in Mouth of Wilson. For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.rugbycreekanimalrescue.org.