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Former Advance Auto CEO Garnett Smith donated this van to the Franklin County Humane Society.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Garnett Smith, former president and CEO of Advance Auto Parts, recently donated a van to the Franklin County Humane Society in honor of Advance Auto employees and customers. The van will be used to transport animals and to pick up pet food and supplies.
With its replicas of dogs and cats on the sides and a reminder to spay/neuter pets by the time they are
4 months old painted on the back window, the van is eye-catching.
The image used on the van's hood is of Thaddeus, a dog with an eye injury that was rescued by the Humane Society. The wording next to his photo notes that every animal gets a chance at the Humane Society, and that the Humane Society is supported by people who believe in the value of an animal's life.
"This year we've taken in numerous dogs and cats that have been hit by cars or shot and have needed extensive veterinary care," said Anita Scott, director of the Humane Society. "We've rescued many dogs that are heartworm positive and have taken in litters of puppies with parvovirus. I'm very proud that the Humane Society doesn't only take in the easy-to-place animals. We are dedicated to helping those animals most in need of rescue."
Scott expressed her gratitude to Smith for his longtime support of the Humane Society.
The Humane Society has alliances with rescue groups in northern Virginia and several other states that help to place animals. Those areas have spay/neuter and leash laws and don't have the numbers of unwanted litters that are in Franklin County, where unneutered pets are allowed to roam freely.
For more information, visit www.plannedpethoodrockymount.com or call 489-3491.
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