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People and their furry friends gather for Columbus County Family Fur Day

A baby cow sleeps on shavings in an outdoor pen. They are white with black spots.
A baby cow at the Columbus County Family Fur Day(Columbus County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 8:59 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2022 at 5:16 AM EDT
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WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) - Columbus County Animal Protective Services hosted its first annual “Family Fur Day” event on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Per a county release, the event featured a petting zoo, bouncy houses, train rides and food. Entry was free, and the county also offered rabies vaccinations for $5 per one-year vaccine. The event was held at the Columbus County Fair Grounds.

A pig with thin black hair lies on the ground. Their pink skin is lightly visible, and they...
A pig at the petting zoo in the Columbus County Family Fur Day(Columbus County Sheriff's Office)

Two dogs were adopted at the event, one of which had been in the shelter for a long time. A total of 96 rabies vaccines were given and around 350 people attended the event. The county was able to raise $637 in fees and donations for CCSO Animal Protective Services.

Several people in green shirts sit behind a table under a tent labelled "Adopt - A - Pet."
Columbus County Family Fur Day Adopt - A - Pet(Columbus County Sheriff's Office)

Children and adults were able to meet pigs, goats, sheep and a baby cow at the petting zoo. An inflatable bouncy castle and slide were set up along with train rides for children at the event. The foam machine was a favorite among the children.

A foam machine sprays bubbles onto a blue tarp in a grassy field.
Columbus County Family Fur Day foam machine(Columbus County Sheriff's Office)
Two black dogs jump at a red fence.
Dogs at the Columbus County Family Fur Day 2022(Columbus County Sheriff's Office)

The CCSO thanked the community in a release after the event:

“This event would not have been possible without the Animal Protective Services staff. They assisted with set up, the booths, vaccinations, the adoptions, and every other aspect of this Family Fur Day. Additionally, we would like to thank the Columbus County Fair Board for allowing the event to be held at their location; the Columbus County Fair Board staff that assisted with set up and clean up; Ray and Dawn Battle for providing animals for the petting zoo; Lt. Josh McPherson and his family for providing animals for the petting zoo; Sam Baxley for providing and donating the foam machine and foam, Kelley Greene Davis for making the t-shirts for the event; First Lady Greene for donating signs and banners; United Laboratories for donating the disinfectant spray used to clean the kennels and inflatables; Gurganus Feed and Grain, LLC for donating personal identification tags for adopted dogs and donating hay; Tractor Supply for donating supplies for the games; Betty Gayle Kronenwetter for donating stuffed animals for the dogs; the food truck owners; Galloway Farms – Home of the Maze Craze for donating cups and free passes; AJ Woodard with Vital Signs for making staff shirts; and every individual volunteer that donated their time and their compassion to make this event a success. Lastly, we would like to thank the citizens of Columbus County for supporting the Animal Protective Services in all that they do. We could not have done this without each of you. Thank you!”

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