Monday, March 26, 2012

Faithful Friends to open March 31

By Nathan Hardin

At an emergency animal shelter in Rockingham, Shelley Swaim gave up.

About 180 cats had been seized during a large hoarding case in the county last year and many of them that were contagious or couldn’t be rehabilitated were brought to Swaim’s shelter to be euthanized.

“I looked at the girl’s face that was doing the euthanasia and I went in there to help her,” Swaim said.
When she came out, she gave her notice.

The decision, she said, was “like an epiphany.” For her new employers, they know the feeling.

Swaim is now the operations manager at Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary on Grace Church Road.

The animal rescue group is having its grand opening on March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It will be the only licensed no-kill animal shelter in the county, Swaim said..."  More

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