Members of Paws-Ability, along with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal welfare advocates in Brunswick County, are members of the newly-formed Advocates for Animal Rights (AFAR), which will seek to affect changes in state and local legislation regarding animal welfare.  

On February 6, 2017, Kim Sherwood, HSUS District Leader for District 7 (southeastern NC), and Mary Beth Mount, PA board member and Vice President of AFAR, spoke before the Brunswick County Commissioners to request a county ordinance barring the tethering of dogs.  Tethering, in this context, is the tying or chaining of dogs for extended periods of time, without access to food, water and shelter.  AFAR also requested that a Citizen’s Advisory Board on Animal Affairs be created.  This advisory board would consist of animal care advocates, rescue group members and others in the community who have an interest in animal welfare.  Brunswick County has an excellent Animal Services Division and we would like to work with them to help prevent the animals in our community from being neglected or abused.  

The next County Commissioner’s meeting is Monday, February 20, at 6:00 p.m.  We encourage everyone who has an interest in seeing these initiatives enacted to attend this meeting.