Humane Society gets vaccination grant


A grant for 400 vaccinations will offset $2,100 that the Scotland County Humane Society would otherwise have spent when taking in dogs like Miles, pictured here with rescue coordinator Kathy Wallace.

A grant for 400 vaccinations will offset $2,100 that the Scotland County Humane Society would otherwise have spent when taking in dogs like Miles, pictured here with rescue coordinator Kathy Wallace.

LAURINBURG — Winning a national grant, the Scotland County Humane Society has received enough canine vaccinations to inoculate about a quarter of the dogs it takes in annually.

Kathy Wallace, the humane society’s rescue coordinator, applied for the grant after participating in a series of online seminars hosted by GreaterGood.org and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., a pharmaceutical company which manufactures vaccines for the animal health industry.

GreaterGood.org and Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica also sponsored the vaccine grant, which has provided 400 vaccinations to the Scotland County Humane Society — a quantity that would normally cost about $2,100.

“That will last a couple of months — it all depends on our intake,” Wallace said. “We’re headed into our very busy season unfortunately. In summer we have our highest numbers of intake.”

In 2014, the humane society took in about 1,500 dogs and 2,200 animals total. According to a report by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, it also had one of the lowest euthanasia rates and highest adoption rates for dogs statewide, placing two-thirds of the dogs it took in with new owners.

“Animal rescue organizations like Scotland County Humane Society are charged with the daunting task of keeping the animals in their care healthy and happy until they find forever homes,” said Albrecht Kissel, President and CEO for BIVI. “We hope that by sharing our expertise and providing financial support to these organizations, they are better able to fulfill their missions.”

The vaccinations awarded to the humane society through the grant are combination shots against canine distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and two types of adenovirus.

“It’s a huge relief to us because it helps with our medical expenses, which is one of our biggest expenses in saving the animals,” Wallace said.

Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.

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