Throw dye-filled water balloons at gas chamber today

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 12, 2014

It’s something that most people don’t like to think about, having to put down an animal simply because there aren’t enough homes for them all. For years, counties all over North Carolina, including the Rowan County Animal Shelter, used an archaic and some would argue barbaric tool to do the job. Stray animals whose time was up, would be loaded into a small stainless steel box and gassed to death. It would be the last memory they would ever have. Thanks to public outcry, these gas chambers were removed one-by-one from local animal control facilities until only a few remain in use in the state. Now, one local animal rescue group wants to turn something horrible, into something helpful.

Today, Sunday, Oct. 12, volunteers from Lake Norman Animal Rescue will hold a fundraiser where the public will be invited to throw dye-filled water balloons at the actual gas chamber used in Rowan County. The money raised will go toward medical costs for heartworm positive dogs in the rescues care, as well as pay for cat vaccinations for Rowan County Animal Shelter. The event will also be an opportunity for the public to learn about the importance of spay/neuter programs that are available around the area.
The hope is when people get a chance to see the gas chamber, touch it, and hear how it used to operate from LKN Rescue volunteers, it will help change the hearts and minds on just how critical canine and feline population control is. Spaying and neutering your pets is one of the only ways we can prevent homeless animal euthanasia.
The press is invited to the event, and volunteers from the rescue will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate any needs you may have.

Date of event: Sunday October 12th, 2014

Time of event: Noon – 5pm

Location: Lucky Dog Bark and Brew, 19607 Statesville Rd, Cornelius

Contact: Susan Boyer (276) 237-4297

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