Our Haywood County animals deserve a shelter that can provide them the Five Freedoms:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
- Freedom from Discomfort
- Freedom from Pain or Disease
- Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
- Freedom from Fear and Distress
The Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter’s mission is to raise awareness of the need for a new shelter that can supply these freedoms, to raise funds to support this goal, and to assist the local government in planning the new shelter. In addition, the goals of the Friends are to educate the public and raise public awareness of animal needs and to fund other projects as deemed appropriate for animal needs in Haywood County.
Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter want to support a building that can continue to decrease the euthanasia rate of our shelter animals and to promote partnerships with the various animal welfare and rescue organizations who share these goals.
Join us to help make our community a better place for all the animals and humans that call Haywood County home.
Board of Officers
Doyle Teague, Board President; Director Haywood County Animal Services
Parrish Ezell, Board Vice President; Businessman, Merrill Lynch
Teresa Smith, Board Secretary; Executive Director, Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Jane League, Board Treasurer; Retired, Chief Information Officer – U.S. Government
Jim Blyth, Realtor & Developer
Steve Cox, AKC National Championship Committee
Karole Bell Medford
Dr. Morgan Plemmons, DVM Waynesville Animal Hospital
Jamie Powell, Co-Founder, Feline Urgent Rescue
Friends Executive Advisory Committee
Connie Hewitt, Retired, President of Haywood Spay/Neuter
Dr. Kristen Hammett, DVM, Past President of North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association
Jori Miller, RVT, Professor, ABTech Veterinary Technician Program; State Animal Rescue Team
Leslie Scardaci, Retired, Finance Manager Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Linda Twomey, Volunteer, STAR Ranch Animal Rescue
Our Partners include:
Together, our coalition enhances the county services within the community. All of these nonprofits have unique missions that complement each other and work with the county services to find the best solutions for our animals in need.