The animal shelter is putting on Help a Horse Day on Saturday, and Shelter Director Sue Garcia said the shelter is asking for the community to help by donating money to build a barn and supplies to help fill it.
Garcia said more than 25 horses, 20 goats, 10 pigs and many more livestock animals — some abused or strays — have been helped so far this year, and the Cherokee County Animal Shelter desperately needs a barn.
“We have no barn at all. … We have kind of a makeshift little carport right now that serves as a shelter when we have horses,” Garcia explained. “We’ll actually have two horses here in the morning.”
Garcia said Cherokee County is the third largest equine county in the state, and many people aren’t aware how many horses the shelter takes care of every year.
Not only does the shelter help stray or abused horses, it also takes in dozens and dozens of other large animals.
“We get stray horses, pigs, cows, goats — and those are hard to keep inside in kennels,” she said. “We get all kinds of livestock that needs a barn to be taken care of properly.”
“We moved a cute little barn out front — it’s actually a little shed — so people can actually fill the barn up,” Garcia said. “I’m going to have a miniature horse here for people to pet, and information about the horses that we’ve had.”
Garcia said the shelter works with different rescues around the state to try and find foster homes and permanent homes for the horses they take in at the Cherokee shelter. She also said families sometimes adopt the horses directly from the shelter.
Garcia said plans for the barn will depend on how much money is raised for the project, and she said the more donations the shelter receives, the better and bigger barn the barn can be. She said design and construction on the barn should begin sometime later this year.
An online wish list was created for the Help a Horse event, which includes items such as: feed buckets, a water trough, utility cart, hay rack, shovels, a rake or solar barn lights.
The shelter’s online wish list can be found by visiting the website, at http://amzn.com/w/2VDJ0B97NLGCH.
The Help a Horse event will be this Saturday at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter at 1015 Univeter Road in Canton. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The shelter will also accept monetary donations for the Build a Barn project, and gift cards to various supply stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, Tractor Supply Co. and TC County.
Donations can also be made to the shelter to benefit the Build a Barn project through their website, at http://www.cherokeega-animals.org/donate.html. Donations should be labeled “Barn Project.”