Adopting to Change

Local animal rescue has new home, but same mission


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Man’s best friends took over the lawn on Birkdale Village’s main street on this particular Saturday as part of Project HALO’s monthly Adoption Day. Volunteers brought a few lucky dogs from the adoption center to meet and greet potential new families. Pet lovers were able to get to know the dogs, bring along their other pets to test for compatibility, and fill out the adoption application on the spot. If their references check out, these applicants will be bringing a fully vaccinated, sterilized, and micro-chipped dog home within three days.

Rhonda and Gus Thomas founded Project HALO, a no-kill animal sanctuary, about ten years ago. In August, they moved their organization into the comfy confines of Club K9, a boarding and daycare facility in Pineville, after being approached by
its ownership.

“J.P. Brewer and her two partners, Dan Morgan (of the Carolina Panthers) and Will Witherspoon (of the St. Louis Rams) wanted to give back to the community by being involved in the rescue of animals,” Rhonda says. “Mostly because of their love of animals and partly because of the recent events with dog fighting [in the news].”

Matching rescued animals with new families is just part of the group’s mission. Project HALO (the angelic acronym stands for “helping animals live on”) also offers low-cost spay and neuter clinics twice a month, boards pets in a home-like kennel area while you travel, and fits your pet with a microchip so that it can be returned to you if lost.

Project HALO also assists in the rescue of horses. “At these auction houses they’re basically selling horses for pennies on the pound,” Rhonda says, adding that if the horses are sold to the wrong buyer they are often killed to be sold for products.

Visit for more information. The next Adoption Day is scheduled for October 20 at Birkdale Village.

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