County Roads Rescue looking for a few good foster homes

by Cristin Parker

Spring has sprung and that means it’s puppy and kitten season.

County Roads Rescue wants to help make sure all the homeless babies in Cherokee County find good fur-ever families and they need the community’s support to do it.

The non-profit animal shelter and rescue operation, based in Jackson-ville, is planning an open intake day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 31, and will be accepting animals who need homes from across Cherokee County.

“For our open intake day to be successful we need fosters who will be signed up and available, starting on May 31,” shelter organizer Dava Cooley stated in a social media post. “We also need more regular volunteers who are willing to come in once or twice a week for a few hours to help with cleaning and enrichment activities with the animals. We have been operating with a pretty small crew for the past month and the more help we have, the more animals we can save!

“Over the next two weeks we will be doing our best to guesstimate how many animals we can take in on this day. It would help tremendously if people who plan to bring in animals on May 31 would go ahead and fill out an intake application.”

Intake applications can be found at

Anyone interested in fostering can email
Having just marked its fourth year anniversary on May 18, County Roads Rescue’s mission continues to be to assist Cherokee County with the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of the hundreds of forgotten and abandoned strays that roam the area.

“We also assist local shelters by relieving them when their kennels are too full, either by rescue through our program or assistance in networking and organizing rescue through other programs,” the organization’s Facebook page states. “We formed our organization to help a county that is overrun with abandoned animals.”

Since its formation, the shelter has rescued more than 500 animals. The shelter currently has 60 ‘guests’ in house and officials said this number varies from month to month.

“We continue to expand our facility,” Cooley stated. “We purchased our new building (on May 1) for the new cattery. It is a repo so it does need a little work and a make-over but we are excited to be almost doubling our space for cats!

“We also plan to build an outdoor cattery attached to the back so that our long term residents don’t have to live in a stressful kennel environment any longer. This is a start and we’re super excited!”

Anyone interested in donating to help defray the costs of the facility expansion can do so through the organization’s GoFundMe page. As of last week, $680 of $5,000 had been raised.

Area resident Jennifer Wills donated $100 through the GoFundMe account and shared, “In honor of my friend Stephanie Wofford, who drew my attention to this organization where we adopted our cat, Prancer and to thank her for all the generosity she has extended to me and my family. Love you girl!”