New business to hold event to support Animal Care Services

A newly-opened pet supplies business in Columbus is holding an event this weekend aimed at providing support to Columbus Animal Care Services.

City spokesman Mike Nolting says that pets, as well as their owners, are encouraged to visit Speck’s Pet Supplies Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During that time, they can have their picture taken with Santa for a $10 donation. He says that all proceeds will go to Columbus Animal Care Services. According to the business’ website, Speck’s Pets opened Monday and is located at 3860 Carlos Folger Drive in the Shoppes at Riverbend just off of State Road 46.

Nolting says that Columbus Animal Care Services has adopted, or placed with other rescues, one-hundred percent of healthy, adoptable dogs through October of this year. He adds that this marks the fourth year for not euthanizing dogs due to space constraints. Nolting said that cat adoptions are also at an historic high.

The Mayor’s Office says that the Animal Care Services Department is funded by donations, city tax dollars, fines and fees. “Generous donations from the public help keep the pets healthy and adoptable,” said Animal Care Services Director Nicohl Birdwell-Goodin.

For more information about pet adoption or volunteering, call (812) 376-2505. You can learn more about Speck’s Pet Supplies by visiting