By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Peggy Harrell thinks of dogs as “companions” who deserve better than being tied up in a backyard. That’s why she’s planning a fundraiser Saturday – to buy kennels and doghouses for those in need.
The silent auction and bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at FishTails Pet Shop on Church Street across from Tarboro Savings Bank. All monies raised will benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Alliance of North Carolina, of which Harrell is the founder/ president.
“I realized that there are a lot of female dogs tied up or chained in backyards, and they’re not spayed and they’re not protected,” Harrell said. “What I want to do is raise awareness and get these dogs spayed and get them in a kennel with a doghouse, so they’ll be out of the elements and they’ll have a better life.”
Brittany Brenner, owner of FishTails Pet Shop, also said she thinks it’s important to “help out the dogs that really can’t help themselves.”
“It’s a lot safer to have them in kennels rather than on chains,” she said. “Overall, it will be less stressful for the dog.”
To Susan Rogerson, having a kennel and doghouse for one’s dog is just “what a responsible pet owner should do.” Rogerson’s 9-year-old lab Trapper has a large kennel and doghouse in the backyard.
“It allows him the comfort of the shade,” said Rogerson. “He can still exercise; it’s big enough.”
For Saturday’s fundraiser, Harrell said she has received an array of baked goods, “all homemade, of course.” She said the silent auction would feature “unique, one-of-a-kind items,” including gold-trimmed ornaments with different breeds of dogs pictured on them, wall hangings and dishes. Brenner is donating a fish tank for the auction.
The proceeds from Saturday’s fundraiser will also enable the SPCA to pay for immunizations for pet owners who can’t afford them. Harrell said the required immunizations are sometimes an obstacle for pet owners going in to get their pet spayed or neutered.
“The Town of Tarboro has a spay/ neuter program through the state. If they’re on public assistance, they can have their dog spayed or neutered for free,” Harrell said.
The SPCA president said she would like local pet owners to get their animals spayed or neutered to stop the cycle of female cats and dogs having litters of puppies and kittens that end up at the animal shelter.
“If everybody would just take responsibility for theirs, it would help us out a great deal,” Harrell said.
Brenner is an advocate of adopting animals from shelters and rescue organizations, and has invited Southern Belle Pit Bull Rescue out of Wilson to her shop on Oct. 5 for an adoption event.
“I would like to have an adoption event every Saturday,” Brenner said.
Those wishing to donate an item to Saturday’s silent auction or bake sale should contact Harrell at HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com. For those donating valuable items, Harrell will provide a receipt for tax purposes. FishTails Pet Shop can be reached at 801-6088.