More than 30 generous supporters racked up a total of $2,375 in donations for Central Georgia CARES during Georgia Gives Day last Thursday. Thousands of participants around the state donated more than $800,000 in a single day to hundreds of non-profit charitable organizations.
Central Georgia CARES (Critter Advocates Requesting Ethical Standards) is a registered 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization founded in Macon in 2009.
CARES and its mascot, AC Pup, serve the entire region and State of Georgia through positive promotion, education, outreach and funding. CARES fulfills a leadership role by encouraging adoptions, expanding spay/neuter programs, reducing euthanasia, eliminating animal cruelty, building Homeless Pet Clubs, conducting vaccine and pet wellness clinics, and assisting in other aspects of care for animals.
AC Pup is a much-loved local celebrity in middle Georgia, a dog that was found as a tiny, half-frozen puppy and nurtured back to health. CARES and AC engage in an active educational campaign that involves classroom visits, a weekly column in The Macon Telegraph, daily postings on Facebook and regular emailings to animal-lovers in the region. AC Pup uses three Facebook pages to mobilize fans and friends when a pet goes missing, when animals are in danger at the pound, and when animals are found injured and in need of emergency care.
CARES conducts outreach and fundraising activities to help pets in need, hosting several events during the year that encourages community participation and support.
AC Pup is currently in the running for the PetMeds Next Pet TV Star Contest, and asks that all of his friends and fans vote for him every day so he can strut his stuff in a national commercial. He hopes that the broad exposure of a national commercial will help boost his work here at home.