A lighthearted view of the RSPCA programs presented by the ‘Canine Players’
This short video is a more serious version of the RSPCA.
It includes an accurate description of our Education Program and our Spay/Neuter Transport.
In April, 2013 a group of dedicated, community-minded volunteers formed Randolph County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The organization’s mission is to support a pet-friendly, compassionate community committed to ending euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats by providing:
- Community-based solutions to pet overpopulation, including a low or no-cost spay and neuter program.
- An innovative program in schools, educating students about bite prevention and responsible pet ownership.
- An easily accessible, uplifting adoption/community center.
Asheboro is undergoing a Renaissance, and part of its transformation is into a more dog-friendly city. As a community, we are extremely proud of initiatives such as the Sunset Theater, the Senior Center, and the Randolph Arts Guild. It is now time to focus on the plight of homeless animals and on the RSPCA Adoption/Education/Community Center, a family friendly facility and organization that will eventually have a dog park, hiking trails, and a memorial garden. Our vision is that Asheboro will be a place that attracts retirees with pets, a city where families can include their pets in outings and activities, a community where our furry friends are treated with love, respect and compassion.
We are a 501(c)(3) Tax Deductible Corporation (EIN# 46-1682011)
2. Low cost or no cost spay and neuter
3. An uplifting innovative adoption/education/community center
Our education program has expanded to four schools. Our retired teachers go every week to Farmer Elementary School, Gray’s Chapel, Level Cross, and Randleman Elementary along with two after school programs.
Since the start of our low-cost spay/neuter program two years ago, we have provided about 1700 surgeries including transportation to and from the low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
Our community needs an upbeat beautifully clean, innovative facility, one that is highly conducive to the welfare of the animals, the people who work or volunteer, and the people who come to adopt the animals
It all began the day I retired. I had been an educator for 36 years…began my career as a teacher and ended by being the principal of an elementary school.
I WANTED A PUPPY….but I knew that I could not have a puppy while I was working because of the many hours I spent at school. It wasn’t fair to either the puppy or me to be away from each other for so long.
So…on the day I officially retired, I picked up my puppy, Lizzie, an American Cocker Spaniel…and my journey began.
Being an educator, I knew how important school was…so Lizzie was enrolled in puppy class. She and I have been in school, taking various obedience and acting classes ever since….and she just turned 8 years old.
It was during those past years that I have got “hooked”. I saw so many dedicated dog owners who wanted to raise confident, well-behaved life-long companions and then I saw so many dogs that were not wanted anymore. I visited the county shelter. I saw the dogs that were brought to the dog school because their owners didn’t want them anymore. I watched as Gary worked diligently to get puppies or dogs adopted into good homes. I watched as Ally worked with dog owners to teach them how to improve their pets’ behaviors.
Then I stopped “watching” and began teaching classes…puppy class, agility, and acting classes.
In the beginning, we all tried to do what we thought would help…Ally, Gary and I were involved with the “New Leash on Life” program at our local correctional center. The Canine Players visited nursing homes. Our group presented programs at local elementary schools where the students told us stories of how they were bitten by dogs they knew. We offered programs to local civic groups about being responsible pet owners and how important dog training was to our community. We provided activities for dog owners to play with and enjoy their pets. We provided behavioral and health seminars.
Then it all came together with a call from Ally and Gary about a very special project that they wanted to see happen in Asheboro…The RSPCA …
All the pieces of the puzzle fell into place…with the RSPCA all the essential components…spay and neuter, education, and a community adoption center would be in one beautiful and inviting place. I was in from the “get go”!! The RSPCA is the place for me!
Molly, Jan, and Frodo
I enjoyed a career in education that included teaching high school English, conducting staff development for teachers, and writing curriculum and instruction at the NC Department of Public Instruction. In retirement, working with RSPCA has been a rewarding experience; going into elementary classrooms to teach pet responsibility, bite prevention and empathy for animals has been especially enriching for me.
I have always loved nature, wildlife, outdoor activities and animals. Teaching dogs obedience and how to perform tricks, however, has developed a special bond of love and trust with canines. My dog Molly and I have long been a part of the Canine Players, an acting troop of dogs who perform in schools, nursing homes, festivals and even the local prison. Our audiences, all ages and from all walks of life, seem captivated and delighted with what the dogs can learn to do.
From dogs I have also learned some of the more profound lessons about life. Over the years, my dogs have made me laugh uproariously, comforted me when I was sad or afraid, accompanied me on countless walks, and taught me to stay present in the moment and revel in the smallest events of the day. More than just our companions, our dogs are guides to a richer, more compassionate, and more humane existence.
I returned to Asheboro to retire after 40 years of Army, Wachovia Bank, IBM and Capital Equipment Leasing with Ervin Industries. Surprisingly, the small sleepy town where I grew up was growing and becoming more vibrant. I became involved with several boards, committees and Capital Campaigns to improve our Hospital, Senior Facilities, Youth activities, Health and Educational programs.
While Asheboro is having a Renaissance of services, culture and entertainment, its treatment of animals still resides in the past. The only governmental answer to pet overpopulation is capture and euthanize with very limited adoption. There are no education or spay/neuter programs or humane adoption centers.
It became my privilege to become involved with the Randolph SPCA and find a dedicated and committed cadre of individuals who are determined to cure the pet over-population problem and make the animals of Randolph County safe and treated as true companions. The focal point will be our adoption and pet community center.
Asheboro will then be a more welcoming place for retirees and attractive to people considering Asheboro as their home. That is why I am dedicated to achieving this goal.
Rob ‘Jazz’ and Dede Reese
Jacqie and Glennie
Having moved here from the UK 25 years ago, and not being able to teach, I have spent that time volunteering. I started with Guilford County Animal Shelter, where I headed up an education program. Then because of my love of sight hounds, I volunteered at both greyhound rescues here in NC. My passion for Irish wolfhound took me into the fold of the Irish Wolfhound Association of the Mid South as their rescue coordinator. Now it is exciting to be part of the RSPCA board, helping to take it from ground zero to the next generations, who hopefully will fulfill my dreams of no animal being neglected or abused. My passion for all animals explains why I have volunteered at the NC Zoo for 13 years. But my biggest passion is for dogs, who give us their unconditional faithfulness and love.
Franklin and Cheryl
I have been a Veterinary Technician for 38 years now, but my love and desire to help animals goes back further than that. I can remember at the age of 10 taking home a young beagle that my friend’s father found in a lake while fishing. I guess someone tried to drown it because they couldn’t take care of it. I knew then that I wanted to do everything possible to help the unwanted pet population. I have since rescued more dogs and cats that I care to think about and currently have 16 pets of my own, most of which are foster failures through no fault of their own. The goals of the RSPCA are the reason I am so involved in their missions; they represent everything I’ve hoped to accomplish in my lifetime and hope to see fulfilled and maintained by future generations.
When did animals become a part of my life? Probably before birth as my mother’s passion for animals was always evident in the animals she allowed to happen to follow me home, and my dad would never have denied us our pets. We always had dogs, occasionally rabbits in my bedroom closet, and she would ride with me even though horses were the one animal that terrified her.
She told my husband when we got married he better like animals because we would always have them. His answer was we would only have one at a time and boy was he wrong by several digits. We have in our life loved and lost members of our family that hold dear places in our hearts. Jessie, the bed hog greyhound, Jojo, the beagle rescue, the three Fudgies, all hot-dogs, Star, a dachshund actually named something other than Fudgie, hedgehogs, rats, two male hamsters who had Christmas Eve miracle babies and the list goes on. They each enriched our lives in immeasurable ways.
I grew up in southern Indiana and graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in nursing, a profession I was blessed to be part of for more than 25 years. We have lived in NC for the better part of 27 years leaving only for six years to return to the Midwest. My nursing career has been diverse and other than raising our tow daughters, one the most satisfying things I have ever done. I was lucky enough to have been a Transplant Coordinator for the Duke University, UNC, and ECU transplant programs helped establish and develop the Pulmonary Rehab program at Moses Cone Hospital and managed the clinical research organization at Saint Louis University School of Medicine before forced retirement due to the effects of MS in 2007. Service to others and volunteering were instilled at an early age and because of this I was able to develop and carry out programs to benefit victims of both Hurricane Hugo and Hurricane Floyd. Kids for Kids program in 1989 received recognition from President George Bush. Project Kids that was created to match public school children with military dependents went from a local program to nationwide and received commendations from the Joint Chief fo Staff, DOD and former First Lady Barbara Buch. Hopefully, this experience will contribute positively to the mission of RSPCA.
In 2007, we returned to the triad and purchased our farm so I could sit on the porch and watch our daughter’s horses in the backyard. Later that became watching not only her horses but Icelandic sheep, and the wild burro she adopted from the BLM. Of course, we added chickens, ducks, and more rabbits that are all necessary because my grandchildren, Zoe, and Lucas love animals just as much as their mom, our oldest daughter, Heather.
About four months after bein back in NC Amanda acquired Mack, her German Shepherd. The understanding was big dog – mom who falls a lot, training a must and soon after an almost now eight year bond with Ally Thomas happened. Thank heaven for Ally and Gary. Not only did Mack grow up to be a great dog, but they have been with us each step of the way, for the last three years since we got Molly, a beloved border collie/aussie mix who, unfortunately, is fear aggressive. When Ally asked me to help them develop the RSPCA low-cost spay/neuter program, I agreed to come on board. As extensive as this project was, Amanda and I also took on another project, the development and running of the “Puppy Transport Program.” Until the RSPCA Adoption Center is constructed, and we are operating our program from the RSPCA building, we are currently transporting puppies to the Martinsville SPCA, VA’s no-kill program.
Because animals of all sizes have been an important part of my life, I could not imagine not being part of the solution to help the homeless animals in our community. I tremendously enjoy the cooperative volunteer atmosphere I have experienced at the RSPCA and the absolute resolve that we will make a difference. If all else would have failed to convince me to come on board, they perpetuated the work my parents instilled in me. Oh, and did I mention that Gary found me Bentley, the “Chimp Dog,’ love of my life, who will become my service dog but for now is quite simply divine…
The very first word I learned to spell was “horse”. From the moment I saw my first equine, I knew that was it for me. Any animal really. Animals are the best of this world in my opinion. Deserving of all our love and kindness and most especially our protection. I joined the RSPCA for that reason. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the creature I hold most dearly. I have always been involved in the animal world, even as a child I rode and competed with my horses that were always a huge part of our family. I find all animals to be fascinating not just horses and dogs. I’ve learned that as soon as lambs find their feet they are clambering onto your back and tasting your hair. Or that wild donkeys adopted from the BLM who love to be read to and it is a painless way to gentle them. Cats will stare beseechingly at you through windows to be fed even if they are strays. And that rabbits, once loose, are very wily and refuse to be caught. At the age of 19 while earning my Associate’s in Business, I created my own business, Hillyard Farms, breeding and selling Icelandic sheep on my family’s farm. I’ve had the good fortune to work at a lovely local shelter and really develop my interest in rescue and shelter work. I first met Ally when I took her puppy training class for my Mack, a now an eight-year-old German Shepherd also known as the most awesome dog ever. I moved on to other classes and always kept in touch with Ally and Gary even after Mack was finished with training. When I heard about the RSPCA and their need for volunteers I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. Together with Susan Hillyard, I participate in the administration of the Spay/Neuter Program at the RSPCA and also conduct puppy transport to the Martinsville/Henry County SPCA, who work in conjunction with the North Shore Animal League in New York. The puppy transport is quickly becoming my favorite aspect of the RSPCA as I get to evaluate the health and temperament of young dogs of all different breeds, and it enables me to work with such a variety of backgrounds of both the humans and dogs. The Spay/Neuter Program is incredibly rewarding and truly making a difference in population numbers. The RSPCA also gave me the opportunity to discover how amazing it is to foster. Taking a dog from horrific conditions and watching them heal and make a complete turnaround in personality and health is the greatest feeling. Along with Ally and Gary, the RSPCA family are fantastically wonderful folks. You’ll now find me running my farm, volunteering at the RSPCA and interning at Southern Tails Dog School. Or cleaning puppy poop out of my hair.
Dr. Teena Byrd
Dr David Stansfield
Dr Stansfield graduated from Liverpool University School of Veterinary Medicine. He went into private practice for five years, treating both food animals and companion animals including horses. He then took up a post in diagnostic pathology where he specialized in swine and fish. The position was allied to Cambridge University Veterinary School and afforded David the opportunity to teach up and coming students. It was in this role that he had his first publication accepted, documenting a lethal drug interaction in swine. He was then approached by an Animal Health Pharmaceutical Company to head up their local drug development and technical support team. In 1990 the company asked him to move to the US to start up a new commercial operation centered around the launch of a novel heartworm preventive, Interceptor. This was first of several product launches, and over the years he focused on working with specialists and colleges of Veterinary Medicine. Similar roles with Pfizer and Zoetis followed. In 2015 David went solo as a veterinary consultant. He lives on a small horse farm, and enjoys hiking with his dogs. He is the Veterinary Medical Director for the RCSPCA