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Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store and Roy Underhill host pet adoption center dinner

Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012

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Pittsboro, NC - On Sunday, August 19 at 5:00 p.m., at the former General Store Café in Pittsboro, Chef Greg Lewis and PBS' Roy Underhill will host an open dinner in support of Guardians of Angels' plans to build an animal adoption center based in Pittsboro.

The Guardians of Angels Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, whose mission includes establishing an animal adoption center in Pittsboro, Chatham County.

Executive Chef Greg Lewis is a long time supporter of Guardians of Angels through his catering company in Cary, and now, as the new owner of the former General Store Café, is stepping up as a corporate sponsor again.

The General Store Café, closed since January 26, 2012, will be re-opening as the Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store, on August 17, 2012 at 5 p.m. The animal adoption center dinner will be the first community event, 2 days later at 5 p.m.

PBS' Roy Underhill of The Woodwright's Shop is campaign spokesperson for Guardians of Angels, and he will speak about the importance of an animal adoption center for Chatham County in Pittsboro.

The speakers at the dinner will also include Kim Intino. Intino, a former director of the Shelter Services Program at The Humane Society of the United States will speak about other adoption centers around the country. Terry Dorsey, the catalyst behind Guardians of Angels, will be introducing the speakers.

Raleigh singer/songwriter Robert Starling has donated performances for other Guardians of Angels events and will provide music for this evening as well.

"We love our rescued dogs," said Pittsboro Roadhouse owner, Lewis. "Supporting the vision of an adoption center comes naturally us. We hope to continue in the tradition of community events set by the previous owners of The General Store Café.” Lewis, as CEO of the award-winning Raleigh-area Catering by Design catering company, has always believed in giving back.

Guardians of Angels spokesperson,Terry Dorsey, has been pivotal in leading the Guardians of Angels Humane Society effort, but the idea for an Adoption Center actually originated with former Animal Control Director John Sauls, now retired. Dorsey said. "In a letter to the community Sauls wrote that the Animal Shelter simply does not have the room to keep adoptable animals long enough to see them adopted which is something an adoption center could do."

The Chairman of the Chatham County Board of Health, Bill Browder, a GOA Board member has said, "Euthanasia of any animal is very concerning and is also very hard on the shelter employees." In 2010, and despite valiant efforts by rescue groups and the Chatham County shelter, about 5 out of 10 dogs and 8 out of 10 cats were euthanized.

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