Thursday, July 10, 2014
While most kids are spending their summer at the beach and the pool, two area brothers have chosen to give something back to their community by volunteering at the All 4 Paws Animal Rescue organization in Pawleys Island.
Seven-year-old Parker Harcum and his 8-year-old brother, Harrison, were encouraged by their babysitter Haley Giles to think outside the box, and come up with an activity they could all do together during the summer. After much thought, the two brothers and their babysitter approached All 4 Paws to see if they could volunteer there.
“I think people see our nice new building and assume that we don’t need donations or volunteers anymore, and that is just not the case,” said Simone Gillespie, rescue director. “We need both.”
Gillespie was overjoyed that the Harcum brothers had chosen All 4 Paws for their summer activity. “People don’t realize what it takes to shelter an animal, and we will put these boys to work right away,” Gillespie added.
She went on to explain that although the boys were young, they could certainly give love and attention to any animal; something that all of their rescues need and deserve.
“I can’t believe she gave me this dog to walk,” exclaimed Parker Harcum. “This is the one I wanted to play with, and this is so cool.” Because of their age, the Harcum’s babysitter will be at the ready to assist them while they are volunteering.
“I don’t mind at all, this is exactly what I had in mind when we were discussing an activity that we would all enjoy,” Haley Giles said.
“They are going to let us do a bunch of stuff,” Harrison Parker said, “We can feed them, and play with them, but most of all just love them.”
The new All 4 Paws location at 708 Petigru Road in Pawleys Island is a state-of –the-art facility that ensures the emotional and medical needs of saved animals. “I’m a sucker for a special needs rescue,” Gillespie said, “and those rescues do not come cheap.” Gillespie estimated the cost of “vetting” a cat to be approximately $261 and $198 for a dog.
“That is what it costs us before we pay to feed, house and clean up after them.”
Watching the Harcum brothers walk their “love dogs” around the facility, Gillespie said their volunteer efforts were a win-win situation for everyone: “The more socialization our dogs and cats get, the better adoptable pets they become.”