Shelter Pets to Go gives pets in Gaston County a new leash on life

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Nancy Foltz gets emotional when she recalls Judy Miles. Miles donated $150 to Shelter Pets to Go, and before she died in January 2018 she was able see pets she sponsored get adopted into loving homes. Memorial donations in her name totaling $2,400 would help other pets find homes. “That kept the program running,” […]

Nancy Foltz gets emotional when she recalls Judy Miles.

Miles donated $150 to Shelter Pets to Go, and before she died in January 2018 she was able see pets she sponsored get adopted into loving homes. Memorial donations in her name totaling $2,400 would help other pets find homes.

“That kept the program running,” Foltz said last week.

Shelter Pets to Go launched July 2, 2017, and since then has helped 548 pets find permanent homes or go to a rescue.

“Kelsie” and “Kiwi” are two of the pets in the Pets to Go adoption program at the  Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement on Business Park Court Friday, July 2, 2021.

The idea for Shelter Pets to Go came in the spring of 2017 when fellow attorney Terry Kenny, who also served as director of the Gaston County Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic saw an advertisement with a pet listed for free adoption. Kenny asked Foltz to start a similar program.

“She thought that if we could get these pets vetting paid for by donations and sponsorships they will either be adopted or they will be rescued,” said Foltz. 

Word of the program soon spread. People adopting a new furry friend would be surprised at the no-cost process, leading them to donate and help another pet.

“I no longer have to go out and beat the bushes to get people to donate,” said Foltz.

“Baker” is one of the pets in the Pets to Go adoption program at the  Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement on Business Park Court Friday, July 2, 2021.

Foltz keeps a collection of pictures of pets and their new owners. One photo shows Bennett Williams with his new dog Buck. The boy’s father died from COVID-19 and he asked his mom, Dolly, for a dog as his graduation gift. 

“Buck is looking up at him and it’s just so sweet. You can tell this dog is going to be great help for him through the healing process,” Foltz said. 

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