Pets bring such joy into our lives. My loves — Sampson and Galax — make me smile on a daily basis.

Sampson the Handsome Dachshund is more loving, most dogs are! He loves me unconditionally, is the smartest dog that I’ve ever shared my life with and I look forward to seeing him every day when I get home from work.

Galax, on the other hand, is the typical cat. I found her up in a tree escaping from a dog in Galax, Virginia, some 14-or-so years ago. I shooed the dog away and the minute she hit the ground she started purring. I had every intention of finding her a home, but this mountain cat was welcomed into my home. She is getting a little more loving the older she gets, which I take every chance I get.

My whole point is if you don’t have a dog or a cat in your life, get one!

Which brings me to the ongoing efforts of our local Rescue — Rainbow Animal Rescue, that once again needs all the help it can get.

A fundraiser is being held Saturday to raise money for the rescue. I’ve been told by one of the volunteers that the state inspector has requested some upgrades to the facility, like the kennel chainlink and gates replaced inside and outside as well — both will be attempted, but doubtful both will be fixed unless the funds are raised. Also requested is all the inside kennel floors to be completely stripped and repainted with a specialized paint, which is pretty expensive, along with a few other upgrades.

This rescue does so much for animals, saving those that need medical needs, which leads to vet bills they are having trouble paying now, so how will they manage these upgrades? And don’t forget the normal things like food, shots and spay/neuter before a dog or cat is adopted.

There will be much to see at this event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Petsense, 1251 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway in Roanoke Rapids.

There will be vendors: Roadside Meat Show, Tammy Moseley with Papprazzi, Martha Turner with Color Street Nails, Dawn Vester with Pampered Chef, Leah Brewer with Elle the Pit Bull and animal safety, Maw Maw and Mee Mee with Custom Crafts, Katherine Smith with door hangers, Michelle Sprinkle with Avon and Kaylen Smith with Scentsy.

There will also be face painting and baked goods sale, along with a hot dog bag sale featuring two hot dogs, chips and a drink for $5.

Be sure to buy some raffle tickets for $1 each. Two baskets will be raffled off — one for a furbaby and one for a human.

The rescue has also had some special T-shirts made for the occasion. For $20, you can get yourself one, and those proceeds will help the rescue so much. It’s a groovy tie-dyed bright T-shirt with the rescue name, a little paw print and Halifax County, NC on the front and back. I will proudly wear this shirt to Nags Head this weekend.

Last, but certainly not least, three furbabies that are up for adoption will be at the event — Pepper, Peanut and Zoey.

Please go by and support the rescue. They are a hard-working group of people who do what they do for the love of animals. I know them. I see what they do and appreciate them and their big hearts. Go talk to them and learn more about the rescue, and if you can, please send a little bit of cash their way.

Even if you can’t make it to the event, still consider donating. This really is a worthwhile cause!

Editor Tia Bedwell can be reached at or 252-410-7056.

Editor Tia Bedwell can be reached at or 252-410-7056.