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Our Mission

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s creation was inspired by a dog at Haywood County Animal Shelter. Sarge was a dog who had been remanded over to the Haywood County Animal Shelter in 2005 by his owner. A breed rescue volunteer identified him as a young, healthy, purebred German Shepherd and marked him for rescue. Despite best efforts, Sarge was euthanized just one hour before rescue transport arrived. It was not an isolated event.The county’s purpose is public safety and animal control, not animal welfare. Clearly there is an urgent need for action by other entities focused on animal welfare. Sarge’s has a 3-step plan to achieve our long-term goal, which is for all healthy and adoptable HCAS animals to be placed in homes.

What We Do

Sarge’s rescues adoptable animals for adoption or transports them to a no-kill shelter or breed-specific rescue group. Animals rescued from the shelter are spayed/neutered and brought up to date on shots and other medical treatments. They are given a safe haven, either in a foster home or at our Adoption Center, while in search of a loving “forever” home.

Sarge’s also helps animals get adopted by the public directly from the Haywood County Shelter. Sarge’s volunteers help the animals become more adoptable by giving them some attention and TLC. Volunteers take pictures of new animals and post them to Petfinder.com. Sarge’s also subsidizes the adoption fees for cats and dogs at the shelter. A Sarge’s staff member spends approximately 20 hours a week helping with breed specific rescue and communication with other rescue groups to promote moving animals.

Our Story

Ten years ago, Sarge was a dog who had been remanded over to the Haywood County Animal Shelter in 2005 by his owner. A breed rescue volunteer identified him as a young, healthy, purebred German Shepherd and marked him for rescue. Despite best efforts, Sarge was euthanized just one hour before rescue transport arrived. It was not an isolated event.The county’s purpose is public safety and animal control, not animal welfare. Clearly there is an urgent need for action by other entities focused on animal welfare. Sarge’s has a 3-step plan to achieve our long-term goal, which is for all healthy and adoptable HCAS animals to be placed in homes.

This event in July 2005 was the catalyst for the formation of a non-profit organization dedicated to ending euthanasia in the Haywood County Animal Shelter by rescuing adoptable animals. It was only fitting that the organization should be named after Sarge. Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation was incorporated in November, 2005 and received its Non-Profit 501(c)3 status in January, 2006.

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