Calabash VFW Post 7288 recently hosted a successful pet-adoption fair with several local pet-support groups.

By Frederick Walton

On May 25 the Veterans of Foreign Wars Calabash Post 7288 sponsored a pet-adoption fair with several local pet adoption groups at the VFW building in Calabash.

Kind Keeper Animal Rescue of North Myrtle Beach, founded in 2014 as a small, private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers, has a mission to save the lives of homeless pets, promote kindness to animals and advance the highest standards in animal welfare.

Empowering Pawz Inc Rescue of Calabash was launched in 2023 with a mission to empower our communities to support mental and emotional wellness through rescuing, fostering and adopting. Kind Keeper Animal Rescue and Empowering Pawz Rescue brought about 15 adorable dogs needing homes.

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Paws-Ability of Ocean Isle Beach raises funds to assist local rescue groups and supports programs to improve animal welfare in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. Established in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, they are an all-volunteer organization. Paws-Ability volunteers were educating the public about their program called Paws Pantry. They use donations to provide dog and cat food to area food shelters and Meals on Wheels programs. Their mission is to provide pet food for food-insecure families in Brunswick county, to ensure pets remain with their owners and out of shelters. In 2023 more than 10,000 Brunswick County families benefitted from this assistance.

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These organization work with animal shelters and community organizations to educate the public and help find forever homes for pets.

The VFW Calabash Post Auxiliary staffed the kitchen, serving snacks to visitors. About 30 people visited the fair and three dogs were adopted.

Youngsters Scotty and Olivia Bennet, 2023/24 VFW Calabash Post 7288 Buddy Poppy King and Queen, were one of the families adopting a dog. They renamed the puppy Sadie. They already own a dog, but their parents, Scott and Theresa Bennet, said they love the idea of rescuing animals.

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VFW Post 7288 Auxiliary Junior Vice President Mike Cullinan was pleased with the turnout.

“We plan to do this again next year, and we have a number of ideas to make it better,” Cullinan says. “For one thing we won’t pick a holiday weekend with so many other competing events.”

The VFW is proud to support local community organizations.