By REGGIE ROSS
In the year 2000, the Baha Men had a hit song, “Who Let the Dogs Out?,” and on Good Friday the “dogs” were let out of the Grenada Animal Shelter for good cause.
Animal advocates from In Defense of Animals and Friends of the Grenada Shelter joined forces with city official in a bid to raise needed funds for abused animals through a lock-in fundraiser.
Grenada Mayor Billy Collins, Grenada Police Chief Garrett Hartley, Humane Officers Randy Brown and Amos Johnson, along with Grenada animal advocates all participated in a cage and release at the animal shelter Friday at the L.D. Boone Road facility. The group hoped to reach their goal of $5,000.
The proceeds from the “Who Will Let the Dogs Out?” fundraiser will aid with the vaccination, testing, medical needs, and care of animals sheltered at the Grenada Animal Shelter, according to In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals campaigner, Doll Stanley.
“Right now we don’t have a final total of how much we’ve tallied,” Stanley said. “Some people sent donations to the animal clinic and some are even mailing it.”
Stanley has worked for over 20 years on animal abuse cases in Grenada. She said Grenada Animal Control Officers do the city proud by always displaying professionalism and concern for the animals they steward.
“However, animals continue to suffer in our county, and it’s down to all of us to do something about it. Mayor Collins welcomes suggested amendments to tighten the city’s animal ordinance and help Grenada’s animals,” Stanley said.
For months, volunteers have given the animal shelter a makeover painting walls, and providing extra cleaning inside and around the premises.
“This is work that the officers don’t have much time to do because they’re out in the fields,” Collins said. “Amos and Randy do an outstanding job and with the volunteers helping them, the shelter looks a lot better.”