With the help of community sponsors and support, the Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board presented a donation to the Dr. N.W. Midyette Animal Shelter (Bladen County Animal Control and Shelter), located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. The $5,150 donation was made possible due to the Bladen County Christmas Pet Costume Contest Fundraiser’s support on BladenOnline.com.
Chairman of the Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board, Mike Jackson, presented the donation today to the shelter’s Director Karen Suggs.
Mrs. Suggs said, “We are extremely excited and very thankful for the Bladen County advisory board for organizing this fundraiser and for those who participated. It will be a great benefit to our shelter animals.”
Mr. Jackson praised the shelter staff for the improvements made at their facility. He said, “They have utilized funds to make improvements to the facility continually, and they will make more improvements with the money raised from this fundraiser.”
He explained the fundraiser was exceptional due to pet owners’ and sponsors’ participation. He said, “We are grateful for the support, and the board plans to make it an annual event.”
Between December 28th and 29th, over 800 votes were cast for the 20 pets featured in the competition.
View the pets entered in the contest below.
The board members who organized the contest are Kyle Lewis, Gail Dove, Audrea Brisson, Mike Jackson, Sonya K Edge, Eddie Knight, Dr. Sheila Hanby. The sponsors of the contest are as follows:
Bladen Animal Hospital
Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve
McDuffie Pest Control
Four County Electric Membership Corporation
Bladen Express Lube & Tire
Farm Bureau Insurance
Thompson’s Small Engine
Ellis Robeson Electric, Inc.
Dan’s Golf Car and Trailer Sales, LLC
Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC
Johnson Law Firm
Sheriff Jim McVicker
Gifts were donated by local merchants for the pets’ prizes.
Below are the top five contestants who received the most votes.