PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Pender County Humane Society is hosting the 10th Annual FORE Our Friends Furry Golf Tournament Saturday.
All proceeds from the event go to support the animals at Pender Humane Society (PHS). As a non-profit organization, PHS works to rescue abused and abandoned animals in both Pender and New Hanover counties. The shelter is a no-kill facility working to solve the local euthanasia problem. All animals taken in are cared for until they find their permanent home.
“It takes a lot of money to care for the animals,” said Gloria Johnson with PHS. “We have to have a staff, they don’t know how to feed themselves, there is medicine involved. The house over their head and the food over their stomachs. It [money] just goes to running our shelter."
The FORE Our Friends Furry Golf Tournament is Saturday, May 18th at Olde Point Country Club in Hampstead. Registration will start at 8 a.m., with the tournament beginning at 9:30 a.m. The format of the tournament is a Captain’s Choice. Individual registration is $85 or $340 for a team of four. The fee includes 18 holes, golf cart and green fees, range balls, light breakfast fare, Sam’s Hot Dogs provided during the round, and other goodies. After the round there will be a Pasta Awards Lunch, with presentation of prizes, the raffle drawings, and silent auction winners announced.
“It’s just a fun event,” said Johnson. “They [golfers] come out because they love the animals and they’re trying to do their part in helping us care for them.”
Last year the event raise about $11,000.
This event goes in hand with National Rescue Dog Day on Monday, May 20.
“It does not rain cats and dogs,” said Johnson. “These animals all belong to somebody, somewhere, sometime.”
Over six million animals enter shelters each year. A lot of those them, including dogs, were likely abused or abandoned. Rescue dogs often overcome those obstacles and provide comfort and friendship as family pets. They may need a little more love, attention, and training, but make a worthy companion.
According to Johnson, North Carolina ranks fifth in the states that have the highest kill rates; over 100,000 are killed in NC each year.
You can participate in Rescue Dog Day by adopting, fostering, donating and/or volunteering at shelters, and make sure all your pets are spayed and neutered.
If you’re interesting in supporting PHS, email ForOurFurryFriends@gmail.com. For sponsor information call John at 910-547-9117.
If you want to add a furry friend to your family, visit the Pet of the Week page for a full list of area organizations to adopt from.