BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Many area animal shelters are filled to the brim with animals who need homes. Often, these dogs and cats remain unadopted and eventually may have to be put down in order to make room for the other animals. That's where a local organization steps in to help.
Thousands of animals are being put down in shelters every year. This sad truth motivated A Shelter Friend co-founder Silvia Kim. She has made it her mission to help those who cannot help themselves.
"Rather that euthanizing the animal, we draw resources and ask people for help in order to save the lives of animals that would have normally be immediately put down," Kim said.
At least twice a week, Kim makes a trip to the Bladen County Animal Shelter to see what animals need to be adopted quickly to avoid euthanization. After she picks the pet, she works to find a home for the animal.
Jane Oakley found her pet from A Shelter Friend. She was looking for a new cat and says she found exactly what she was looking for, but it could have been too late.
"It said in big letters 'This is a kill shelter. She deserves a second chance. Call quickly. Act quickly,' and I did."
When Oakley called, she was told the Kim had saved the cat.
A Shelter Friend sends animals all over the country with the assistance of its website. The group knows even if the dog or cat cannot find a home in our area, someone will adopt it elsewhere.
Kim says she works hard to find homes for the animals because she couldn't live with herself if she did nothing.
"I interact with the animals, and I look at them and they look at me, and I have to look into their eyes, and if they don't make it, I've failed them," she said.
Oakley says not everyone can do what Kim does, but encourages others to support A Shelter Friend's efforts.
"We all can't go into shelters and pick," Oakley said, "but we can all bring awareness."
A Shelter Friend always needs help from the community. Even if you cannot adopt a pet, donations help keep the group running. Visit http://ashelterfriend.org/default.aspx for more information.