‘Growl Gallery’ fundraiser benefits canine center

By Lorna Hart - lhart@civitasmedia.com

POMEROY — Organizers of “The Growl Gallery,”’ fundraiser for the Meigs County Canine Rescue and Adoption Center, will be May 22.

The event will be 2-4 p.m. in the ballroom of Wolfe Mountain Entertainment, 320 E. Main St., Pomeroy.

Paintings and creative crafts of all kinds will be on exhibit and sold during the afternoon. The public will be invited to bid on their favorite pieces, raffles will be held and door prizes awarded during the event.

According to Josephine Hill, who is active in the fundraising project, art pieces and hand-crafted items are being solicited for the event. All money raised from the sale will go toward the care and comfort of the dogs sheltered in the kennel.

She urges everyone to come out and “lend your hand to a furry friend” during the event.

The new Meigs County Canine Rescue and Adoption Center is now open and will have their official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. May 20. Formerly known as the Meigs County Dog Shelter, the new Center is located at 33133 Hiland Road in Pomeroy and includes 24 built-in kennels and a puppy room.

In addition to the kennels, the shelter features an intake room for checking in and evaluating new dogs, an office, and a waiting/visiting room for potential adopters. A secure fenced area outside provides a drop-off area for those who wish to bring dogs into the center after hours. There is also an outside fenced-in area where the dogs can play and exercise.

Coleen MurphySmith is Meigs County’s dog warden, and the assistant dog warden is Dee Cummins. Their emphasis is to provide a high standard of care for homeless animals, and they are currently caring for 32 dogs.

The center need community involvement, and Sunday’s Growl Gallery fundraiser is one way Meigs residents are showing their support.

Always in need of supplies, a wish list for donations includes puppy chow, leads, collars, dish detergent, scrub brushes, paper towels, top toys and hard plastic (Kongs) toys. Items can be dropped off at the center during their hours of operation or by special arrangement with the wardens.

For more information about the Growl Gallery event, residents may contact the Meigs County Canine Rescue and Adoption Center at 740-992-3779.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.

By Lorna Hart