Thanks to generous community support Columbus Animal Care Services netted over $11,500 with the recent Moonlight Loop bicycle ride. More than 300 riders, supported by about 80 volunteers and Columbus Police enjoyed a 19-mile ride through the streets of Columbus. “Many thanks to the riders, sponsors and donors who had a great time while generating vital support for the shelter and improving the quality of life for potential rescue pets,” Columbus Animal Care Services General Manager, Nicohl Birdwell Goodin says.
The shelter, on Arnold Drive is currently the home for a variety of animals. The facility also includes a one-quarter mile walking path and garden. The staff cares for neglected, stray, loose, abandoned and abused animals within the city limits. All activities are funded by fees, fines and monetary donations. The department aggressively pursues nationwide canine adoption opportunities resulting in zero euthanized dogs over the last three years because of a lack of space. The staff also humanely assists the public with nuisance animal control.
Planning for the 2016 Moonlight Loop is already underway.
Special thanks to our numerous sponsors and volunteers that make this event possible:
Mayor Kristen Brown, Best Friends Animal Care & Laser Center, Columbus Animal Hospital, Columbus Visitor’s Center, Athens Veterinary Clinic, Berkshire Hathaway, The Bicycle Station, Edward Jones, Faithful Friends in Passing, Hope Veterinary, Perr Investments, Vivian Lou Salon, Columbus Cycling & Fitness, Kroot Corporation, Double K Kennels, Joe & Lisa Shafran, Sterling Garage Door, Sweet Chiropractic, Voelz Body Shop, Zeller Insurance, Texas Roadhouse, Pentzer Printing, Tropical Smoothie, Aton’s, Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus Learning Center, Columbus Police Department, Downtown Dairy Queen, Owens Communication, Columbus Fire Department, Dog World, Casper’s Clippers, Tony London Company, Hotel Indigo, Mark & Myra Foster, Johnny Carinos, Bob Poynter, Positive Performance, Amazing Joe’s and Sunbelt Rentals.
Animal Care Services shall be operated in such a manner as to insure the safety, welfare, and humane treatment of all animals and persons the department or its staff come in contact with.