Two local New Carlisle women have put their love for animals to work as they try to raise funds to start the first rescue group in the city with an actual fixed base operation. Molly Murray and Julianne Whitaker are in the process of looking for a facility between New Carlisle and Springfield to house Pawsitive Warriors Rescue of New Carlisle. Whitaker reported that they have received non-profit and tax exempt status and the green light to begin fundraising for their future home for the rescue group. Their application as a 501c3 organization has been submitted to the State of Ohio; however this process may take as long as several months to pass the review process.

Whitaker explained that the two met as volunteers with the Humane Society Serving Clark County and simply found that they have a shared love for the homeless pets and want to bring a shelter to their local community. They are working together now to make that dream come true.

As they begin the process of raising funds, they also are looking at how their shelter will be run. Whitaker outlined three goals for the organization. The first is to help people who are struggling to provide food and health care for their pets. “We want to be a resource center” said Whitaker of their goal to keep pets with their families if at all possible. The second is to provide a place where Clark County might bring strays from the area and a location for owner released pets. The final goal is to adopt animals to new owners by having a screening process and following Ohio Revised Code.

The women are meeting in early August with a few area veterinarians to work toward a partnership. They are also working on a board of directors for the organization which currently includes an accountant and vet technician.

At this time the women are not seeking foster homes as they are not ready to begin supporting adoptions. They are looking for volunteers who would like to help raise the funds needed to secure a building.

On August 11, there will be a Pool Party featuring local classic rock band The Fleez. The event begins at 7 pm and ends at 10 pm. Admission is just $4 (pool passes do not apply for this private event). Boo’s Smoke Shack will also be participating in this fundraiser to offer dinner options. Some of the fundraising planned includes a 50/50 raffle and the first offering of the “Hunks and Puppies Calendar”. Pets are not able to attend this event.

You can follow the progress of their Facebook page. Currently they are listing upcoming events, sponsorship opportunities and other items related to meeting their goal of opening the shelter once their 501c3 status has been approved by the State of Ohio.