Lauret Lawrence knows that every animal can’t be saved. Even so, the Minnesota native does what she can to make a difference in the often bleak lives of Glynn County’s stray animals. In her spare time, she can be found volunteering with Glynn County Animal Services in Brunswick.
Since moving to Glynn County five years ago, Lawrence has spent many a day walking and playing with the dogs at the county shelter, giving them exercise and, most importantly, love.
“I started out basically as a dog walker. It was important to me because at least for the time they are there, I can make their lives a little bit better. Otherwise they don’t get out and aren’t played with,” she said. “Of course, you can’t help but get attached to them and you really start trying to find them adoptive homes.”
She’s also joined the local nonprofit Coastal Animal Rescue Society, or CARS, which is a group that supports the Glynn County Animal Service shelter on U.S. 17.
“What we are is basically a group of volunteers at the shelter,” she said. “We saw a lot of needs that were not being met because they just don’t have the funding.
“We do try to raise money to provide medical care for dogs at the shelter.”
The group also helps to publicize what it ominously calls “The List,” the names and descriptions of the animals who will be put down the following Thursday morning, if not adopted by 4 p.m. Wednesday. One of the dogs that was on the list was a black lab mix named Sonic.
“It was Oct. 15 and one of the main guys called me and said, ‘There’s nobody for Sonic.’ Well I had only walked him once, but I just said ... ‘I’m on the way.’ So I went and got him. We just didn’t want to see him put down,” she said.
It wasn’t long before Lawrence got another call. This one was a bit different, but equally urgent. Animal Services found a badly injured dog that needed medical treatment. Though the prognosis looked grim, Lawrence and CARS stepped in to help.
“He was on the side of the road and we could either help him or he would be put down. So I told them to take him to pet ER and I fell in love with him immediately. He was in really bad shape, but before we left we named him Hero,” said, noting the county shelter required the animal to have a name. “We left him there overnight and, of course, I didn’t sleep at all because I was expecting a call from the vet saying he died.”
She didn’t get that call, thankfully. Instead, Hero battled back. And even though he had a front leg amputated, he’s strong and happy in Lawrence’s foster care.
One of the biggest reasons he’s done so well was his relationship with Sonic, she said.
“We took him home and he was just laying there. He had severe trauma and was probably scared because he’d never been inside before. My husband said, ‘Let’s put Sonic in there with him.’”
She was hesitant but decided to try it. Now she’s very glad she did. Hero’s spirit rebounded and the two have become the best of friends. They even sleep side by side in the same crate. Lawrence is hoping that she and CARS can find a loving home for the pups, but will only adopt them out together.
“They are so sweet. They play all day long,” she said. “Hero has just blossomed and is the most loyal, devoted dog you’ll ever find.”
If someone wants to help but can’t adopt the pups, Lawrence says CARS is always in need of assistance — both volunteers and monetary donations.
The Coastal Animal Rescue Society Facebook page allows for donations, which will go toward medical treatment for the shelter’s animals. For those interested in adopting Sonic and Hero, they can message the group or call the CARS’ president, Martha Grant, at 230-9125.
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