Downtown Franklin merchants getting in on the action.
The winter months are the hardest on animals at Macon County's Animal Control. With the shelter at risk of overcrowding, even with the group of dedicated volunteers working to take care of all the dogs and cats that end up at the shelter, a need still exists for events and programs to help save the lives of unclaimed pets.
Volunteers Tammy and Ken Sigler have been diligently working with John Hook and Linda Sprinkles with Animal Control to develop programs that educate the community on the shelter making them aware of the friendly faces who are forced to call it a temporary home.
On Monday, the Siglers, along with Dan and Patrice Moore and Nikki Whitenton, worked with Animal Control to organize an adoption event at the Dorothy R. and John L. Crawford Senior Services Center in Franklin. According to Tammy Sigler, she worked with senior services director Scott Matthews to stage the event and bring awareness to pets currently at the shelter. “We adopted out two cats, Merle and Nemo,” said Sigler. “The event went very well and Scott is going to let us continue to do an adoption event there once a month. The dates and times will change, but will be announced in the local newspapers.”
The event was designed not only to get pets adopted from the shelter, but to also educate the community on fostering and sponsoring opportunities at the shelter. Because of the risk of overcrowding at the shelter, members of the community are encouraged to consider being foster parents for the animals while they are in search of a forever home.
Donations for the shelter including food, washable dog beds, toys and treats will also continue to be accepted during the monthly event.
The adoption event is just one of the events spearheaded by the Siglers. During Christmas, the Siglers worked with Outdoor 76 to put up an adoption Christmas Tree that featured ornaments with the names and faces of adoptable pets on it. The marketing campaign was intended to get the word out in the community about the animals available at the shelter.
Because of the success of the Christmas project, the Siglers have worked with downtown businesses to display 5x7 photos of adoptable pets in their stores.
“Ken and I go down once or twice a week to update the pictures as we find out who has been adopted,” said Sigler. “That way people who are downtown shopping can see different animals and learn about them without having to worry about getting out to the shelter. We hope it will make it easier for people to adopt.”
Information on adoptable pets can be found on Main Street at Outdoor 76, Anna Bedells, Rosebud Cottage, Motor Co. Grill, Macon Furniture, Stewarts Jewelry, Books Unlimited, Kitchen Gourmet, Art Room, America Office Solutions, Scottish Tartan Museum and Franklin Office and Art Supply on the Highlands Rd., and Genevieve's Gifts which has recently moved to East Main St.
“There are so many wonderful people in this town,” said Sigler of the community's response to work together to promote the shelter. “The Downtown Merchants who participate in this are very special people. We would love to encourage any other merchants in Franklin to contact us if they would like the opportunity to be included in this wonderful project. Wouldn't it be something if not only all of Main Street, but other local businesses would join us. All it takes is that the business allows us to come in once or twice a week to update a photo or two of the available animals. There is no cost or effort required on their part. We will take care of it all.”
The next monthly adoption event at the senior services center is scheduled for March 7. Adoption events will also be held on Main Street at Anna Bedells and Books Unlimited this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Anyone interested in helping with the event can contact Tammy Sigler at (828)349-1678.