Saving Grace: Wake County animal rescue finds homes for 'last chance' dogs

Posted August 27, 2019 6:50 a.m. EDT
Updated August 27, 2019 8:11 a.m. EDT

— Overcrowding and euthanasia are constant issues in many North Carolina shelters. That's where Saving Grace comes in.

For 15 years, the nonprofit animal rescue has given unwanted or "last chance" animals a new chance at love. Now, Saving Grace needs help expanding so they can carry on their lifesaving mission.

In 2004, Molly Goldston turned her own family farm into a rescue shelter for dogs. Most of them come from small shelters in rural areas of the state, where there is an overpopulation of unwanted pets.

"Everybody has to get along with other dogs in order to come here," said Goldston. "We have lots of chihuahuas and other small dogs."

The dogs spend most the day mingling with visitors and with each other. Instead of spending their day in a cage, the dogs run free in a yard.

"This gives them the opportunity to be right up there with people, visiting, and their personality really shows," Goldston said.

Saving Grace has a goal to find homes for 3,000 dogs this year. Wake County will permit Goldston to expand the facility, but first, it has to meet building and safety code requirements. That means costly improvements, like solid fencing and replacing an old farm building that provides shelter.

"To bring everything up to par that we have right now will be about $100,000, and we have by the end of the year to do that," Goldston said. "And then we'll be raising just over $1 million dollars for the new building."

Goldston is determined to continue to help bring more homeless dogs and dog-loving families together.

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