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To the editor: Paws-Ability, a fundraising group formed to assist existing animal rescue groups and shelters in Brunswick County, had its first microchip clinic on June 21 at Seaside Animal Care in Calabash as a fundraiser for the organization.
Dr. Ernie Ward and Seaside Animal Care staff helped to make this clinic possible. He offered facility and manpower. Dr. Jami Rose and Julie Mullins of Seaside Animal Care assisted with implanting 52 dogs and cats with permanent microchip identification and their efforts helped Paws-Ability raise money for rescue needs.
Carolyn Jenks, a Paws-Ability member, drove the house call team on Saturday morning to microchip 22 special needs pets in the privacy of their homes. This team was headed up by Dr. Jim Williams of Fayetteville and Ocean Isle Beach, Sandy Englebert, a vet tech from Kernersville Animal Hospital and helper Brian Oliphant, who donated their valuable time for a great cause. They went above and beyond in their mission to reach pets that were unable to get to the clinic in Calabash.
Paws-Ability members working at Seaside Animal Care on Saturday were Janie Withers, Cindy Tarantino, Teresa Greene, Jo Ann Wadsworth, Beth Abernathy, Katie Wallace, Beverly Davis, Ellen Rothenberg, Adrienne Thomas and her grandson, Michael Ziebel.
With community support, Paws-Ability has been able to bring public awareness to pet identification. Such pet identification is considered to be a matter of hurricane preparedness and responsible pet ownership.
This fundraiser was a win-win for pet owners and animals in rescue shelters within Brunswick County. Paws-Ability strives to teach responsible pet ownership. The profits from our microchip clinic will help animals in need within Brunswick County.
For details about Paws-Ability, visit its Web site at www.paws-ability.org.