Dog's Best Friend

It is with both honor and sadness that Mitchell County Animal Rescue announces the retirement of our devoted animal champion and Executive Director, Patricia Beam. The search for a new ED to lead us into an exciting future has now begun. 

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Becoming Gabriel

If you’re like me, you might not choose to read an article that begins with a photo like this. You know it’s a sad story you can do nothing about. That’s not the case here; it’s safe to read. I promise you this one ends well, thanks to Mitchell County Animal Rescue.

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WINE & WHISKERS 2016

On behalf of animals in our county, an enormous THANK YOU to our generous artists, sponsors, donors, hosts, volunteers, and organizers. Working together, you made Wine & Whiskers 2016 our most successful fundraiser ever. The total amount raised—$11,500—will all go to spay/neuter for dogs and cats in the shelter's care and for half price s/n for pets in the county. 

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AD HOC BOARD FORMED AFTER DOG ATTACK

Spruce Pine resident Katie Callahan was on an evening run Sunday, Aug. 21, through the English Woods neighborhood when she was viciously attacked by a loose pit bull. She was bitten so severely on her leg and buttocks she was taken by ambulance to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and treated for her wounds.

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Nine Lives, Well Lived

He arrived at the shelter like so many others, surrendered by his owner.  The reason he was no longer wanted was because of “litterbox issues.”  He saw the world as his litterbox.  But he was a beauty.  A flame point, ragdoll kind of cat.  Blue eyes, never mind that they were crossed.  Named Gunther, he was soon sent to be neutered so that a new home could be found for him. 

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Saving our Shelter

Our mission seems simple enough: to save the unwanted animals of Mitchell County and find loving homes where they can thrive. Our community demonstrates its humane values through the kindness and respect we show them, and the affection they return enriches our lives. But this is an expensive proposition.

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Thirty-two Years of Animal Rescue Yields a Compassionate Community

Prior to 1984, unwanted animals were the source of many problems in Mitchell County. Dogs roamed in threatening packs, carcasses of dead dogs and cats littered the roads, litters of unwanted puppies and kittens were routinely found abandoned at dumpster sites around the county, many animals that seemed to have homes were abused and starved for lack of resources, and rabies was a looming threat in western North Carolina. Mitchell County’s citizens needed a plan to improve this situation.

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