Numerous animal lovers populate the area, but soon they also can become friends of animals.
Karen Gross, a member of the county Animal Services Advisory Com-mittee, is working with others to create Friends of Columbia County Animal Services.
“It’s been kind of a dream of mine for a couple of years now,” Gross said.
The nonprofit organization intends to provide additional funds and other help to Animal Services to supplement its budget, which didn’t increase when the department moved into a new facility in July.
Gross, the wife of veterinarian Dr. Edward Gross, was a librarian in the regional library system for 21 years and witnessed the positive effect the Friends of the Columbia County Libraries have had on local libraries. That’s how she modeled the Friends of Animal Services.
“There’s a lot more things (animal services) could do if they had a friends group behind them,” Gross said.
Animal Services Man-ager Linda Glasscock said the group could help cover “the extra stuff,” which can include coloring books and crayons for the department’s awareness programs at schools to items for the dog walk/play area at the facility on William Few Parkway.
“We’re going to see what kind of needs come up with animal services,” Gross said.
Gross said she’s soliciting logo ideas for the organization through a contest, which runs through February. The contest is open to Columbia County residents of all ages. Designs should be versatile enough to be printed on everything from business cards to flyers and posters.
Entries, printed on white paper with an additional page of contact information, can be submitted to Friends of Columbia County Animal Services, P.O. Box 204897, Augusta, GA 30907.
The entry deadline is Feb. 29.
Gross said the group plans to start accepting memberships in March.