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It was with sadness that we learned last week that the "EAR"resistable animal rescue organization in Grayson County was about to close because of a lack of funding.
In its brief life, the non-profit group provided a humane alternative to the animal shelter, saving the lives of dozens of animals that were neglected, abused, abandoned or from families that no longer had the means to care for them.
The operation soon realized that it, too, was being abandoned by donors who, in this dog of an economy, were no longer able to help.
Closing the animal rescue's "no-kill" shelter will leave a number of cats, dogs, donkeys, horses — and even a pig — in need of homes. "EAR"resistable will take care of them until adopters are found, but money is running out.
We hope that those who are able will help the animal rescue out, either by adopting these last critters or by donating money for their care.
All hope is not lost. The animal rescue's owners have been working with the Small Business Administration and Carroll County to possibly reopen the shelter and team it with a spay/neuter clinic, where proceeds from paying pet owners would finance the care of homeless animals.
All they need is an appropriate building.
This doesn't have to be the end for this worthwhile and much-needed effort.
Saving animals from languishing in the pound and being put to death is a noble cause on its own merit, but it has the added benefit of saving Galax, Carroll and Grayson money by keeping strays out of the shelter.
Those with the ability to help need to start digging and find a way to give "EAR"resistable a good home.