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PHOTOS: Paddle for Paws at Hamlet City Lake pulls in $900 for Richmond County Operation Fix

Daria Mohr paddles past the pier at Hamlet City Lake, with Opie and Louie aboard, during Richmond County Operation Fix's Paddle for Paws fundraiser. See more photos below. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

HAMLET — Several kayakers paddled around City Lake on Saturday in a fundraiser to help curb the county’s unwanted pet population.

Richmond County Operation Fix raised more than $1,000 last week through its second Paddle for Paws and the yoga session Poses for Paws.

The $935.54 raised in the kayak event, sponsored by Ruest Realty, also included a new sponsor for the “Neuter Scooter” — a van gifted to the organization last year by Griffin Dodge used to transport pets to spay and neuter clinics.

Operation Fix, formerly Richmond County Animal Advocates, changed its name and mission several years ago to focus on helping owners get their animals fixed.

The inaugural Paddle for Paws, held on the Pee Dee River last September, brought in more than $1,300.

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Just prior to the weekend event, Operation Fix announced that it would be expanding its mission to feral cats.

“We will be trapping colonies of feral community cats, getting them spayed/neutered, and releasing them back into their territory,” reads the description on the Facebook event page. “This is a HUGE undertaking that will involve lots of time, money and volunteers, but we’re excited to get started!”

Operation Fix has helped in the spaying and neutering of 206 pets in January-May of 2024, according to founder Allison Story.

The organization will be participating in Belk Charity Days June 7-9 and will have other upcoming fundraisers this summer.

For more information on making donations or participating in the spay and neuter program, contact Operation Fix through Facebook.